The passport card is intended as a more portable, less expensive alternative to the standard passport book, primarily for U.S. citizens who live near the U.S. border and cross the border frequently.
The card can’t be used for international air travel. It is intended to be used in place of the standard U.S. passport book when entering the United States by land or sea, from Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Although it carries the same rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book, immigration authorities in other countries may not recognize the passport card as proof of U.S. citizenship. The Netherlands authorities will not accept the card as proof of identity for instance. In addition, the card does not contain any pages for visas or immigration stamps.
You may use the following guidance to apply.
1. Fill out and print FORM DS-82 or DS-11
For minor child:
Complete FORM DS-11 online, and print it out single-sided. Back to back printed forms cannot be processed. Do not print the instructions as you are to use this website instead. At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Dutch address, even if it is only temporary. You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States. Do NOT sign the form. Applications filled out by hand may require longer to process.
Complete FORM DS-82 online, and print it out single-sided. Back to back printed forms cannot be processed. Do not print the instructions as you are to use this website instead. At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Dutch address, even if it is only temporary. You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States. You may sign the form in advance. Applications filled out by hand may require longer to process.
More often than not a passport card is applied for in conjunction with a passport book. Check the appropriate box on your application form and ensure staff is aware you want both book and card!
Passport cards cannot be applied for in conjunction with an emergency passport, nor can they be issued if you do not qualify for a full validity passport.
2. Social Security Number Requirement
You must provide an answer to question no. 5, even if you do not have a Social Security Number or do not remember it. Do NOT list your Dutch Burger Service Number (BSN). Click here to learn more about passports and the social security number requirement.
3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Present your most recently issued full validity U.S. passport, with a photo copy of the biographical information page.
4. One U.S. Format color passport photo
Provide one U.S. format: 2″ x 2″ (5 x 5 cm.) passport photo. We cannot process the smaller Dutch format photos! Click here for guidance on the perfect U.S. passport photo.Make sure to watch the video. One photo will suffice, even if you will be applying for the book and card combination.
5. Photo copies
Bring a plain photo copy of:
- Your passport’s biographical information page, and
- any supporting documents as applicable to your application.
Copies of the forms are not required.
6. Passport Card Application Fee
You can pay the appropriate passport services application fee in euro, in U.S. dollars, or by credit card. Dutch PIN-cards cannot be processed. Note that we can only process credit card payments if the card holder is available to sign the payment authorization slip. When paying in cash, please try to bring exact change. For the current fee, see our consular fees page.
7. Set up an appointment
Set up an appointment via the link to the appointment website elsewhere on this page. IMPORTANT: Print the appointment confirmation page or save it on your phone. You will NOT receive a confirmation e-mail. Only one appointment is needed if you apply for both a passport book and passport card.
ARRIVE ON TIME
Try to arrive at the Consulate at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. If you miss your slot we must ask you to reschedule.
Note that slots open up if we receive cancellations. Check back with our appointment system regularly if you wish for a earlier appointment slot.
8. Passport card will be delivered by mail.
Provide an A5 (C5) size envelope (approx. 23 x 26 centimeters), legibly addressed to the passport applicant, with a PostNL registered mail bar-coded sticker. Retain the tracking number. Note that you must allow us to cancel the current passport if it is still valid at the time of your appointment, as you cannot have two valid passports. Plan your appointment accordingly as you may be without a valid passport for up to three weeks.
More information regarding passport cards:
As passport cards are produced in the United States, please allow for around 15 days processing time. If applied for together with a passport book it may be double that time as the book is produced first.