Passport Card

URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and consulates in Germany are now able to offer a very limited number of appointments for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  We are not able to offer call-in hours at this time but will answer your email promptly. If you need an emergency passport for immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, please contact the embassy or consulate nearest you.

Passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations.  If you have previously applied for a passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, your documents should be produced soon and we are working to get them to you as quickly as possible.  The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and consulates in Germany have resumed processing mail-in passport applications for routine renewal.  Please click here for instructions.

U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports.  If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, please email BerlinFrankfurt, or Munich and request an emergency passport appointment.

Please visit this website for further updates.

The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and BermudaThe card may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.

When outside the United States and the above mentioned countries, the passport card can be used as a valid citizenship identification, though it is not valid for travel internationally (for example traveling from Germany to Switzerland/Austria/France/etc.)

Issuances

A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82 , may apply for a passport card as a Renewal. First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the Form DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.

For more information view our Passport First Time Issuances and Renewal instructions.

Processing Times

The average processing time for a Passport Card is between 4 and 6 weeks.

Fees

Adult First Time Passport Card

  • U.S. $55.00 (payments also accepted in EURO)

Adult Passport Card Renewal

  • U.S. $30.00 (payments also accepted in EURO – local currency is preferred)
    Note: Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal

Children Passport Card

  • U.S. $40.00 (payments also accepted in EURO – local currency is preferred)

Children Passport Card (In connection with or addition to a passport book application)

  • U.S. $15.00 (payments also accepted in EURO – local currency is preferred)

Background 

The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book. The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal.

Please Note: To facilitate the frequent travel of U.S. citizens living in border communities and to meet DHS’s operational needs at land borders, the passport card contains a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. This chip points to a stored record in secure government databases. There is no personal information written to the RFID chip itself.