What is a passport?
A passport is a travel document. The passport generally comes in the form of a small booklet. A passport has several functions. Not only does a passport enable a person to travel outside of their home country, a passport has other functions. While a passport does not automatically grant a passport holder the right to enter any country, US passport holders may travel to many countries without having to get further documentation. A passport also acts as proof of citizenship. A person holding a U.S. Passport is recognized internationally a United States citizen.
What is a passport card?
The passport card first because available in July 2008. A passport card is a wallet-sized travel document that can be utilized to travel from the US to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land and sea. The passport card is not valid for air travel. The passport card is very convenient for US citizens who live close to the US border with Mexico or Canada and to those who travel frequently by land or sea. Passport cards cannot be used for travel to destinations other than Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. Passport cards cannot be used for any air travel whatsoever.
For how long is a US passport valid?
The length of time that a passport is valid for depends on the passport holder’s age. Adult US passports for individuals ages 16 and older are valid for a period of 10 years. Children ages 15 and under receive passports that are valid for 5 years.
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