Since July 2008, US citizens have been able to get a passport card instead of (or in addition to) the traditional blue pamphlet. The cards look like a driver’s license, but contain the basic information that’s contained on the inside cover of the book version.
But because you’ve got no pages for stamps or visas, the card is only valid for land or sea travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda. If you think you might go anywhere else in the next 10 years, you’ll need the regular booklet.
To date, nearly 750,000 Americans have applied for the passport card. The majority have gone to residents of border states, especially Texas, California, Michigan, and New York.
Adult passport cards cost $20, compared to the $75 you pay for a passport book. If you’ve already got a “real” passport, you can add on a card for $20 extra. If you place your order in person, instead of by mail, you pay an additional $25, for either cards or books.
I realize that not everyone expects to travel around the world, but is the passport card something you’d order (or already have ordered)? If so, is it in addition to the passport book? If it’s just a card, why not the passport book? Hit the comments!