The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.
A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82, may apply for a passport card as a renewal. First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.
The average processing time for a Passport Card is between 4 and 6 weeks.
For further information please visit the U.S. Passport Card page of the Department of State.