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U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for New Passport Card

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

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Amb. Garza turns in his application for a passport card
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Amb. Garza at application window
Amb. Garza at application window
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Mexico City, January 31, 2008 - “I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will begin processing applications February 1 for the new Passport Card. I was first in line to apply for this card, which can be used for travel across land borders into the U.S.

“The passport card was designed to give U.S. citizens living in border communities an easily portable, secure, and less expensive alternative to the traditional passport book for use when crossing the border.

“The passport card may be used to enter the U.S. via land and sea at ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. It may not be used for air travel. U.S. citizens will still need their traditional passport books to travel by air, or to travel to other countries.

“U.S. citizens can now apply at the Embassy in Mexico City or any U.S. Consulate in Mexico. The wallet-sized cards will be mailed to applicants in spring 2008. The card will carry the same rights and privileges as the U.S. passport book and will have the same validity period: 10 years for adults; five for children 15 years of age and younger.

“Adults (ages 16 and over) who already have a passport book may apply for the card for only $20; first-time adult applicants may apply for $45. The passport card will cost $35 for children under the age of 16, which includes the execution fee of $25.”

For more information on applying for a U.S. passport card or passport, please visit: travel.state.gov

 

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