Traveling out of the country this spring or summer? Now is the time to ensure you have the appropriate travel documents.
On Saturday, March 10, the Department of State is hosting Passport Day in the USA, providing an opportunity to apply for a U.S. passport book or U.S. passport card, with no appointment needed.
All 25 domestic passport agencies and hundreds of non-Department passport application acceptance facilities such as post offices and clerks of court will be open to the public.
The iconic blue passport book must be used for all international travel. There is also an opportunity to apply for the wallet-sized, less expensive passport card, which can be used when you are returning by land and sea to the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. The card can also be used for expedited entry through the new Ready Lanes available at more than 25 land-border crossings across the nation. It cannot be used for international air travel.
Additionally, for travelers who already have a passport book but would like to be able to use the Ready Lane, the Department of State is piloting a new online passport card application for applicants who meet the necessary requirements. The passport card contains high tech, radio frequency identification technology needed to use this expedited travel lane.
For more information on Passport Day in the USA, visit the Passport Day web site. For more information on the online passport card pilot, visit the Card Pilot web site. For more information about acceptable travel documents or to find a Ready Lane near you, visit the Get You Home web site.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.