How a Passport Can Help You Fly in the U.S.
September is Passport Awareness Month, and we want you to know about the upcoming changes to domestic air travel as part of the Real ID Act!
Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with identification (ID) that does not meet the REAL ID Act requirements or whose state does not have an extension must present an alternate form of ID in order to board a domestic flight. The U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card are both Real ID compliant and can be used for domestic air travel.
The passport card cannot be used for international air travel, but here is why it is a great ID to have in your wallet.
- It is Real ID compliant
- Can be used for entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
- It only costs $30 for adults if you already have a passport book, and only $55 for first time adult applicants.
- Same validity as the passport book: If you’re over 16, your passport card is valid for 10 years. If you’re under 16, your passport card is valid for 5 years.
How do I get a passport card?
It’s easy! You can apply for a passport card the same way as you apply for a passport book. Just check the box “Both” at the top of Form DS-11 or DS-82.
You should also check with your state’s licensing agency about how to get a REAL ID compliant identification card, like an enhanced driver’s license, if they offer one.
Use our How to Apply Wizard to get started.