Do You Need a Passport Book and Card?

If you’re wondering whether you need a passport book or card (or both), you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out everything you need to know about these essential travel documents.

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What is a passport book and card?

A passport book is a document that is used for international travel and is issued by a country’s government. It contains the holder’s personal information, such as name, date of birth, and place of birth. A passport card is a smaller, more convenient version of a passport book that can be used for travel by land and sea between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

What are the benefits of having a passport book and card?

A passport book is required for international air travel. It generally has 56 pages, with 28 of those pages designated for visas and entry/exit stamps. The other pages are used for general information about the passport holder.

A passport card is a wallet-sized card that can be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

Passport cards cannot be used for international air travel.

The benefits of having both a passport book and card are:
-You can use either document for international air travel;
-Having both documents will provide you with back up in case one is lost or stolen;
-A passport book takes up less room in your wallet or purse than a passport card;
-A passport card is cheaper to get than a passport book.

How to get a passport book and card?

U.S. citizens can apply for a passport book and card at the same time through the mail or by appointments at designated passport agencies and centers. If you need your passport immediately, you can request expedited processing when you submit your application.

The most common way to apply for a passport is through the mail. To apply by mail, you will need to submit:
-A completed application (Form DS-11). You must sign and date this form in black ink.
-Your proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate).
-Your proof of identity (such as a valid driver’s license or government ID).
-One passport photo taken within the last six months.
-Payment for the passport fee (check or money order only).
If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you will need to submit all of the above items in person at a designated passport agency or center. If you are renewing your passport, you can do so by mail if your most recent passport meets certain requirements. For more information on renewing by mail, see our Renewing Your Passport page.

What is the difference between a passport book and card?

The biggest difference between a passport book and card is that a passport book is required for international travel by air, while a passport card is only valid for land and sea travel between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

A passport book is a document that is generally used for international travel. It contains your personal information, such as your name, date of birth, place of birth, and your photo. Your passport book also has your own unique identifying information, such as your passport number.

A passport card looks similar to a credit card and is the size of a driver’s license. A passport card can be used for land and sea travel between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. The passport card cannot be used for international air travel.

If you plan on traveling outside of the United States by air, you will need to have a passport book. If you are only traveling by land or sea to destinations that are part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), then you can use either a passport book or a passport card.

How much does a passport book and card cost?

As of 2019, a passport book and card cost $110 for adults and $80 for children under 16. The cost is the same whether you apply online, by mail, or in person at a passport acceptance facility.

How long does it take to get a passport book and card?

If you are age 16 or older, it generally takes 6-8 weeks to receive a passport book and card. If you are under age 16, it generally takes 4-6 weeks. You can pay an additional $60 to expedite your passport application and receive your passport in 2-3 weeks.

What are the requirements for a passport book and card?

In order to get a passport book and card, you must:

-Be a citizen of the United States
-Have proof of citizenship (like a birth certificate or naturalization certificate)
-Have a valid photo ID (like a driver’s license)
-Have a passport photo
-Pay the application fee ($110 for adults, $80 for children under 16)

What if I lose my passport book and card?

If you lose your passport book and card, you’ll need to get a new passport. You can apply for a new passport at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Can I travel with just a passport card?

No, a passport card cannot be used for international travel by itself. You will need to have a passport book in order to board an international flight.

Do I need a passport book and card for every country I visit?

The answer to this question depends on the countries you plan to visit. If you are traveling to a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program, then you will only need a passport card. However, if you are traveling to a country that is not part of the Visa Waiver Program, then you will need both a passport book and card.

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