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Old 03-19-2019, 06:18 AM
 
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So what is the Passport Card (I assume a passport in card form; can't put one over on me)? And does this cost extra, or does it come with the passport?
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:38 AM
 
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If only there were a way for people to find this information on their own.

Oh, wait ...



https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...estically.html
https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...ents/fees.html
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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And it doesn't get you TSA PreCheck like Global Entry does.
Nexus does get you TSA Pre. Ideally it is the best program to sign up for because it is half the cost of Global Entry but it is only worth it if you can get to one of their enrollment centers at no extra cost
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Is the Passport Card compliant?
I've used the passport card on a number of domestic flights when I wanted to keep my more useful DL buried inside my purse inside my backpack and would just stash the passport card in a side pocket of the backpack. (I figured if I lost the passport card, I'd just report it as such and not pay to replace it while I'd have to get the DL reissued if I lost that)
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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Am I correct that the new enhanced DL, which will be required for domestic flights beginning in October 2020 as I understand it, is NOT necessary if you have a passport? In other words, a PP can still be used for all flights -- domestic and international -- rendering the new enhanced DL unnecessary. Or will we be required to fork out extra for the new one regardless (that is, won't be allowed to just renew the old standard one)?

Confused.
If your state is in compliance with the real id you can fly domestically with your drivers license so long as it is not expired until September 2020. After that you have to renew it or use a passport or passport card. Passports and passport cards are currently and have always been compliant so if your passport is unexpired in October 2020 no need to renew and if your drivers license expires after October 2020 and you have a passport or passport card no need to renew it until it expires but you have to make sure you have your passport on you if you want to enter any government buildings or fly domestically. Not a real problem if you have the passport card, but can be a pain if you have just the passport book.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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So what is the Passport Card (I assume a passport in card form; can't put one over on me)? And does this cost extra, or does it come with the passport?
A passport card allows you to travel North America. In other words enter the country returning from Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. You need a passport for the Bahama's. The card is only roughly $30 and is useful for those who live on the Canadian border and go back and forth frequently or for those who go back and forth from Mexico. If you think you might take a trip anywhere else, get the passport book. You can get both but you pay both costs, $110 for the book and $30 for the card. The card is also good for those who don't drive although most states I believe will issue a real id non drivers license. In this case, choose whichever is cheaper.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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If your state is in compliance with the real id you can fly domestically with your drivers license so long as it is not expired until September 2020. After that you have to renew it or use a passport or passport card. Passports and passport cards are currently and have always been compliant so if your passport is unexpired in October 2020 no need to renew and if your drivers license expires after October 2020 and you have a passport or passport card no need to renew it until it expires but you have to make sure you have your passport on you if you want to enter any government buildings or fly domestically. Not a real problem if you have the passport card, but can be a pain if you have just the passport book.
ANY government buildings? I had heard just military bases (and one would assume something like the White House).
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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I understand that the passport is accepted for all flights. I just wonder if having a passport will EXEMPT one from having to pony up for the more expensive enhanced DL or if we'll all being forced to eventually get that regardless of whether or not we also have a passport. (I'm probably not asking this very clearly.)
For domestic air travel, to enter federal buildings and other requirements either a passport, "RealID" drivers license, or a passport card will suffice.


It all comes down to how often one flies (or plans to), and or enters federal property (ditto).


Some would just not rather bother carrying around their passport, and just want something easier to roll with, hence getting a RealID drivers license. Since sooner or later anyone with a DL will have to renew the thing, might as well get it over with again *if* one's lifestyle requires.


Bottom line is the law requires some sort of valid ID that proves one's citizenship status, and one is who one says one is supposed to be. Due to the requirements of RealID DL it meets that standard.


If you rarely if ever take domestic flights, then stick with a regular DL and use your passport for the times when needed if that is what works for you.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:42 PM
 
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OP, have you actually checked with your state DMV to see if the Real ID is actually more expensive than the standard license? It's not in my state. You still haven't mentioned what state you're in.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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ANY government buildings? I had heard just military bases (and one would assume something like the White House).
Secure federal facilities and military installations.
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