What Is a Passport Services Information Card?

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When you receive your United States passport, you will receive a wallet-size information card called the Passport Services Information Card on which you can record your passport number and expiration date.

Peace of mind

  • If you properly use your Passport Services Information Card, if you lose your passport, you will have the necessary information--number and expiration date--to report it to the U.S. Department of State and have it renewed.

Contact Information

  • The Passport Services Information Card also lists important contact information for when you are traveling inside or outside the United States.

Security

  • It will be easier to get a new passport if you make two copies of it before you leave on your trip, according to the USAA Educational Foundation. Leave one copy at home, it advises, with a trusted person. Take the second copy with you, but keep it separate from your passport.

Not a Passport

  • The Passport Services Information Card is different from another wallet-sized card, called a U.S. Passport Card. The U.S. Passport Card can be used to reenter the United States at land borders or sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Who

  • The state department recommends a valid U.S. passport for citizens with family living abroad, those thinking about an international vacation and those whose job could require international travel.

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