By Sharon Pearson
American passports became a necessity when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in 2007 as a result of the 9/11 attacks. This meant that 2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of millions of U.S. travelers need to renew passports to travel to those specific areas. If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, perhaps you have wondered should you get a passport book or a passport card?
Passport Book vs. Passport Card
If you are thinking about taking a vacation outside of the United States and need to renew or obtain your passport, it can take up to 6-weeks, not counting any unforeseen delays, to get your passport. You may also wonder, if you can save a few pennies by obtaining the passport. It’s smaller and will fit into your purse or carry-on bag better. So, let’s compare the two, because it all depends on HOW you will travel that will determine whether you need one, the other or maybe even both.
Passport Books Advantages
Passport Cards Disadvantages
Using the photo requirements will keep your passport from being rejected or delayed. More than 200,000 passport applications in 2015 were rejected because of bad photos. Here are some passport photo tips:
For more specific passport and photo information visit the Department of State by clicking here.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.