The U.S. Department of State has announced it is conducting a limited pilot program allowing U.S. citizens to apply online for a U.S. passport card. The pilot will last 90 days (January 24-April 22) or until they receive 20,000 applications, whichever comes first. At that time, they will assess the merits of making the pilot a permanent option for the traveling public.
To be eligible for the pilot, you must:
- Be 16 years of age or older
- Have a valid, 10 year U.S. passport book
- Have at least 12 months of validity remaining on your passport book before expiration
- Have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address
- Have an e-mail address
Essentially, you will enter all your current passport info, attach a digital photo, pay the $30 and you are done. You can apply from the comfort of your home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You cannot use this form if:
- Your passport card was lost or stolen and you are applying for a replacement passport card OR
- You require expedited processing of your passport card application OR
- Your current biographical information does not match what is listed in your current passport book (e.g., name, gender, date of birth, place of birth) OR
- You do not have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address OR
- You currently have a passport card or a passport card application in process.
For more information on the pilot, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here to apply online for a passport card.
So if you've put off getting a passport card because it's a hassle, this pilot program might be just the thing for you! (Tell all the Spring Break crowd, 'cause Rocky Point could use the business they bring, even though they're a serious embarrassment to many of us gabachos...)
I'm inclined to think they'll get those 20,000 applications way before April 22. What do you think?