Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services Brenda S. Sprague and Regional Director of the Miami Passport Office Ryan M. Dooley will participate in a press conference at the Port of Miami, (Miami, Florida) on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the production of the new U.S. Passport Card. A full listing of participants will be available on the day of the press conference. All media are invited to attend.
The U.S. Department of State has begun production of the new U.S. Passport Card, a convenient, wallet-sized document to be used for re-entry into the U.S. at land border crossings and sea ports of entry when arriving from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), travelers will be required to present a single document denoting both citizenship and identity when entering the United States through land or sea borders. This requirement will go into effect June 1, 2009.
The U.S. Passport Card cannot be used for international air travel.