New passport cards available

A State Department official was in San Diego on Thursday to urge international travelers to obtain the new passport card.

The wallet-sized card can be used to reenter the country at land border crossings and sea ports of entry from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda, according to the State Department.

Touting the benefits of the card at an afternoon news conference at the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building was Howard Josephs, a customer service manager at the Los Angeles Passport Agency.

According to the State Department, the card is more convenient and less expensive than a traditional passport book, but it cannot be used for international air travel.

So far, the State Department has issued more than 700,000 of the cards.

The card costs $45 for a first-time adult passport applicant and $35 for those under 16. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card for $20.

It takes about three weeks to process applications.

Beginning June 1, U.S. citizens will need to show a passport or passport card denoting both citizenship and identity when entering the country by land or sea from Mexico and Canada. Passengers arriving in the U.S. by air from those countries are already required to show a passport.

Related posts:

  1. Del Mar Rotary asked to help Guatemalans
  2. BLM OKs Powerlink project, group challenges decision
  3. Sittin’ down with Sam Zien
  4. BLM OKs Sunrise Powerlink project
  5. Agriculture and fire officials need public help reporting bug

Short URL:

Posted by Pat Sherman on Feb 12, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]
  • Rancho Fire District to recognize Fire Prevention Week with two events
    National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) will host two community events to recognize the annual awareness campaign. The first will be an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 4 at RSF Fire Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. Guests will be able to tour the fire station and traini […]
  • New Rancho Santa Fe Library Branch Manager welcomes community input
    Rancho Santa Fe Library’s new Branch Manager Haley Kwon has been charmed by the village’s “sweet, down-home” character, the simple pleasure of visiting the local library and people’s enjoyment of a slower speed of time. “It’s a small town and the library is a place for people to connect,” Kwon said. “People have a different sense of time here, they come in t […]