Passport Card Instructions

Follow these simple steps to apply for a Passport Card

A Passport Card is a wallet sized passport, similar to a state driver’s license. It is an easy to carry ID for international travel by land or water to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. It CANNOT be used for international air travel. Passport Cards can only be purchased as an add-on feature when applying for a Passport Book. Passport Cards are delivered separately from passport books. The cards are shipped directly from the U.S. government and usually take about 3 weeks to process.

  1. Purchase Passport Card add-on at PassportCenter.com

    Select the service that best meets your travel needs.

  2. Complete Passport Wizard

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    Once you’ve made your purchase you will then be redirected to our secure govWorks.com platform where you will create a password and complete your passport application form.
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  3. Gather Required Items

    After you complete the online wizard our govWorks platform will generate an application containing all the necessary information you need to mail to our processing center. It’s very important that you print the documents single sided as double sided copies will not be accepted.

    Checklist for Passport Renewal:

    1. DS-82 application: This application will be automatically generated from our platform.
    2. Current U.S. Passport Book
    3. Proof of Travel: A travel itinerary or business letter that indicates that you are traveling within 2 weeks (or 4 weeks if you need a travel visa). If you have not made travel plans and don’t have a proof of itinerary, don’t worry, we can help you obtain an alternative document. Our Standard and Smart services do not require proof of travel.
    4. One Passport Photo: See sample picture
    5. Government Fee: Check payable to "US Department of State" for $90 for a Passport Card only.
    6. Letter of Authorization: We will provide you with a Letter of Authorization which allows us to process your passport on your behalf. You must sign and date this document, preferably using blue ink, and include it with your documents.

    Checklist for New Passport:

    1. DS-11 application: This application will be automatically generated from our platform.
    2. Passport Photos: See sample picture
    3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship: See list of examples
    4. Proof of Identity: See list of examples
    5. Proof of Travel: A travel itinerary or business letter that indicates that you are traveling within 2 weeks (or 4 weeks if you need a travel visa). If you have not made travel plans and don’t have a proof of itinerary, don’t worry, we can help you obtain an alternative document.
    6. Government Fee: Check payable to "US Department of State" for $90 for a Passport Card only.
    7. Letter of Authorization: We will provide you with a Letter of Authorization which allows us to process your passport on your behalf. You must sign and date two copies of this document, preferably using blue ink, and include one of them inside of the sealed envelope and the other outside of the sealed envelope before you send us your documents.
  4. Visit a Passport Acceptance Agent (for DS-11 only)

    If you’re applying for a Passport Card with form DS-82, skip step 4.

    After completing your DS-11 passport application and collecting all the items from the checklist you must take it to a Passport Acceptance Agent (AA), who will review it and witness your signature. Passport Acceptance Agents are very common and easy to find in your area, they are usually located at US Post Offices or Courthouses.

    Find an Acceptance Agent

    Inform the Acceptance Agent that you are using an expediting service to "Hand Carry" your passport application to the government for processing.

    The AA will then:

    1. Ask you to sign the DS-11 Form.
    2. Add his/her signature to the DS-11.
    3. Check your ID.
    4. The agent will collect all of your supporting documents and seal them into an envelope with the signed DS-11 Form using an official seal or stamp.

    Important: Make sure the (AA) returns the sealed envelope to you so that you can mail it directly to PassportCenter. Send the sealed envelope to PassportCenter as soon as it is sealed. The seal on the envelope expires after four business days.

  5. Ship your Application using FedEx

    Shipping instructions for DS-82:

    • Please contact your assigned Customer Satisfaction Representative to quickly go over your documents before you ship them to us and to get your pre-paid Fedex shipping label.
    • Please send your application and supporting documents to our office using the FedEx label provided by PassportCenter.com

    Shipping instructions for DS-11:

    • Please contact your assigned Customer Satisfaction Representative to quickly go over your documents before you ship them to us and to get your pre-paid Fedex shipping label.
    • Write your first and last name, date of birth, and date of departure on the sealed envelope.
    • Place the sealed envelope in a FedEx envelope or box.
    • The second copies of your supporting documents and DS-11 form should be placed in the FedEx box/envelope alongside (but separate from) the sealed envelope. This allows us to review everything for accuracy before delivering your application for processing. Submitting error free documentation will eliminate delays.
    • Ship the FedEx envelope to our office using the FedEx airbill provided by PassportCenter.

    As soon as your passport is ready, we will pick it up from the government office and immediately FedEx it to you. If you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at (800) 606-8407.

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