Passport Cards

General Information

The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.

When outside the United States and the above mentioned countries, the passport card can be used as a valid citizenship identification, though it is not valid for travel internationally (for example traveling from Belgium to Switzerland/Austria/France/etc.)

Issuances 

A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82 (use Form Filler) may apply for a passport card as a Renewal. First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the DS-82, should apply for a passport card using a printed online application form DS-11 (use Form Filler).

Processing Times 

The average processing time for a Passport Card is between 4 and 6 weeks.  Unless you decide to pick-up the passport card, it will be mailed by registered mail at our expense. The Embassy declines any responsibility for the delivery of passports by mail.

Fees and Validity

The U.S. Passport Card has the same period of validity as the U.S. Passport Book: 10 years for an adult and 5 years for minors under age 16. The card costs $55 for a first-time adult passport applicant and $40 for all minor applicants under age 16, regardless of whether they are previous passport book or card holders. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal by mail for a cost of €26 ($30).

Effective November 24, 2017, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium will no longer accept credit card payments for passport card applications by mail. From now on, we will accept only money orders and cashier’s checks/official checks in EURO  (in Belgium also known as bankcheque/cheque bancaire) for mail in passport renewals. For passport cards, cashier’s checks/official checks must be made out for an amount of €26 to U.S. Embassy Brussels. Please enclose the check along with your passport card application which should be sent to:

U.S. Embassy
Consular Section – ACS
Regentlaan 25 Blvd du Regent
1000  Brussels

For applications by appointment: Cash ($ and €) and credit cards are accepted. Visa and Master card holders are requested to obtain the authorization from their bank to enable payments in the U.S.

Background

The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book. The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal.