U.S. Passport Card
|Apply online for the U.S. Passport Card|
Anyone taking a Caribbean cruise does not need a U.S. passport. A less expensive alternative is the U.S. passport card, a wallet-size document valid only for re-entering the United States at ports-of-entry by sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
The card has the same validity period as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five years for children age 16 and younger. Adults who already have a passport book may apply for the card at a reduced price. U.S. passport card fees
Applications for the U.S. Passport Card are processed in approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.
The wallet-size U.S. Passport Card, less expensive than the passport book, cannot be used for international air travel.
A current or previous passport book holder, who is eligible to use Form DS-82 for a passport book renewal, may apply for a passport card as a renewal by mail. First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use Form DS-82, must apply for a passport card in person using Form DS-11.
If you need to apply for a U.S. passport card in person, find a Passport Acceptance Facility with this link.
The passport card uses state-of-the-art security features to prevent against the possibility of counterfeiting and forgery. In addition, a protective sleeve is provided with each passport card to protect against unauthorized reading or tracking of the card when it is not in use.