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Post by CheenaGringo Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:38 am

"On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced the launch of a limited-time pilot program that allows citizens to apply for a passport card online. But here's the kicker: You have to already hold a passport in order to participate in the program.

Previously, flyers had to apply for a U.S. passport card through the mail by sending in a filled-out form DS-82 (if they already hold a valid passport book) or in person using form DS-11 at an acceptance facility or a passport agency (if they don't). But now, U.S. citizens ages 16 and older who hold a passport book that will not expire for at least a year are eligible to apply for the wallet-size card over the Web.....


http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel/new-passport-cards-what-you-need-to-know.html?id=10707679&source=91&value=2012-03-07+00%3A00%3A00&u=DBFD7A1002&nl_cs=10667751%3A%3A7597638%3A%3A10707679%3A%3A
http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_5648.html

Granted this car cannot be used for air travel but for those that drive back and forth, it can be used. It appears that the fee is $30USD - to me a decent price for an officially recognized form of identification.

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Post by johninajijic Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:20 pm

Is this another gimmick for the US Gov't to screw you out of another $ 30? Why would anyone want one if you already have a Passport?
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Post by CheenaGringo Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:47 pm

John:

Just how are they screwing you when the decision to get one is totally the individual's? Prior to this announcement, we were already considering spending the $30USD to have a backup to our Passports. Heck of a bunch easier to carry the card in one's wallet than carrying around a Passport Book and live in fear of losing it.

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Post by Mainecoons Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:26 pm

I sorta wondered the same thing as John but I think you have a very good point about the portability and security of the card, particularly since we almost always drive in and out. Thanks for the heads up on this, Neil.
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Post by 57Chevy Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:18 pm

Thanks Cheena for the info...you are always a fount of knowledge and take the time to supply links....this is a nice option.
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