Not every U.S. citizen is a well seasoned traveler that knows everything they need to know in order to travel outside the US. That is perfectly fine as there is a large majority of American’s who have never traveled outside the U.S. and currently don’t have a passport. As silly as it may sound, they may find themselves wondering what a passport is.
A passport is a travel document that is normally required to travel from one country to another. A U.S. Passport comes in the form of a small booklet. A passport serves many functions; the obvious is that it allows you to travel to different countries, U.S. passport holders may travel to several other countries without needing further documentation. A passport also serves as proof of citizenship. A person holding a valid U.S. passport is internationally considered a U.S. citizen.
Another form or identification that can be used for traveling to another country is a passport card. Passport cards were first available in the summer of 2008. A passport card is a wallet sized, much like a driver’s license, which can be used to travel from the US to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land and sea only. The passport card is most convenient for US citizens who live close to the US border with Mexico or Canada and who travel frequently between these two countries, by land or sea. Passport cards may never be used for air travel.
A question that even a US Passport holder may ask themselves is; how long is a US passport valid for? The answer depends on the Passport holder’s age. An adult US passport for individuals 16 and older is valid for 10 years. Children 15 and under must renew their passports every 5 years.
If you are interested in getting a passport or visa, give us a call at (212) 643-9305. Rush Passport™ Official US Passport Expeditors, serving Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Westchester County, Nassau County & Suffolk County, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.