Passport Card

Lately, I have had several contractors tell me that they had to stop going to Canada, because they don’t have a passport.  Who has the time or the money to get one anyway?  I think I may have found a good alternative for truck drivers though.

A Mercer Contractor showed me his passport card the other day.  It looks a lot like a driver’s license.  It can be used to enter the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, by land border crossings, or sea ports-of-entry.

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The card is equipped with a RFID chip.  As you approach the border crossing, the RFID chip communicates to Border Patrol that you are close by.  This will expedite your crossing, because they will have you records pulled by the time you reach the border.

The card costs $45 for an individual that does not currently have a passport.  If you do have a passport, you can get the passport card for $20.  Click this link (http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html) to get more information on the passport card.

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  1. Dan and Jane Danger
    November 4, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Yes, getting a PassPort CARD is very easy. We got ours at a post office that handles them. Just bring in all the proper documents that they require, they’ll take your photo. We had ours in less than 3 weeks. Unfortunately our new truck has too long a wheel base to now go to most of Canada, But, we have one and it was an easy card to get!

  2. Jim BoBo
    March 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    So what do you do if you know you don’t have a passport and you are told it’s not required by a corrdinator? Just happened to a friend of mine.

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