A passport card is valid for land and sea travel to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. If you have plans to travel by plane though, you will need a passport book. The passport card cannot be used to travel by plane.
If you already have a valid passport card and you’d like to get a passport book, the process is easy. You need to complete the application process for a passport renewal. You can visit our easy to follow passport renewal checklist. You’ll also include a written statement that you’d like to have your passport card returned when you get the new passport book.
The Passport Card and Passport Book Process
This process is the same if you have a passport book but you want to apply for a card. The only difference is the fee for the card and book. So, if you have a passport card and you need a book, you are submitting a passport renewal. The same if you have a passport book and you need a passport card.
The Differences Between the Passport Book and Passport Card
The passport card is less expensive, but it is also limited in how it can be used. The passport book does cost more, but it can be used for all international travel. The passport card can only be used for land and sea travel. The passport card is the size of a credit card, that looks and feels like a drivers license. It was designed to be used for people who live and work near the borders of the U.S.A. and tend to travel back and forth frequently. If you want to use a passport card for travel, you can, but it is only valid for land and sea travel.
The passport book is larger, and has pages for visas. This is required for all international travel by plane. It is also valid for travel by land and sea.
Fast Passport Service
If you need to get your passport card or passport book faster than the routine service, we can help. Routine processing for a passport card or passport book is 4-6 weeks. We can get your passport book or passport card in 2 weeks or less. We can even get it in 24 hours if necessary. We have teamed up with Fastport Passport to provide the fastest passport expediting service available. With over 10 years of trusted passport expediting experience, Fastport Passport can quickly secure your passport.
Acceptable Passport Photos
If you need to get a new passport, make sure you have acceptable passport photos. This is one of the most common delays for passport processing.