Why you should get a U.S. Passport Card when you travel. “I already have a passport, do I need a passport card for when I travel? What is it?”
ERRATA: Oops, I stated around the 2:35 mark that your passport and a passport card use your same number - That is not correct. Both use biometrics etc. but they actually have two different numbers for you, one for passport and one for your passport card. However you CAN and SHOULD apply for both on the same form as I stated.
How to travel in foreign countries that require you to have your passport on your person at all times:
When you apply for a U.S. Passport (book), apply and pay for a $55.00 U.S. Passport card (Passcard) at the same time. You are allowed to have both at the same time.
The U.S. Passport card uses a RFID chip, but cannot by itself be used to fly into/out of the USA. It CAN be used for Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda since 9-11. The card is laminated, and the size of your credit card and driver’s license, making it easier to keep on your person at all times overseas, and is a bit more convincing than a photocopy or a photo of your passport on your smartphone. Those are two other methods you can use to keep from being forced to carry your passport on your person at all times overseas.
Since it is laminated it can also hold up better to the rigors of daily travel in humid environments, sweat, and water damage.
I still suggest you take a snapshot of your passport before travels as well as sending a copy to a loved one back home for safekeeping.
Some clarification is in order: You may be required to have your passport book (with pages) and valid Visa on you at all times. Even in those situations, having a passport card might be a wise choice to secure back in your hotel. See https://youtu.be/ZfsGv-9KBDs for more.
But should you apply for or renew your passport now, or wait for the latest updated passports coming out late 2017/early 2018? https://www.gninsurance.com/blog/news-and-helpful-links/new-us-passport-design-coming/
Read more at https://www.gninsurance.com/blog/news-and-helpful-links/passport-card/
You can learn more at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/card.html
If you already have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport card via the mail using Form DS-82.
If you do not already have a passport, apply using the Form DS-11 here:
On the top of page 5, you will clearly see checkboxes where you will be requesting a U.S. Passport, a U.S. Passport Card OR: Both (just like in the image we posted on this video).
Make sure you include payment for both the Passport and Passport card when submitting your application.
More instructions can be found at: https://www.usa.gov/passport
The DMV also has a page dedicated to the Passcard: http://www.dmv.org/articles/how-to-apply-for-a-passport-card/
Or watch the video at: https://youtu.be/SDeJqRyL3JY
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