What is the difference between a Passport Book and a Passport Card?

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A Passport Book can be used for all international travel. A Passport Card be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Region. It cannot be used for any international air travel. Otherwise, the Passport Card carries the same rights and privileges as the U.S. Passport Book.

Passport Cards are the same size as state-issued ID cards and easily fit into a wallet. Passport Cards are a cheaper alternative to Passport Books. The cost for an adult first time applicant for a Passport Card is $55 total; for a Passport Book, the fee is $135 total (See Passport Fees for a detailed listing of costs).

The application process for both Passport Books and Cards is the same, and ordering them at the same time is cheaper if you want to travel internationally and also need a convenient wallet-sized ID that you can use on an everyday basis.

Like a Passport Book, the Passport Card can be used as proof of U.S. citizenship and identity in a variety of situations, including the Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form. People may not be as familiar with Passport Cards as they are with the traditional Passport Books, so keep that in mind when presenting the card as a form of ID.

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