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Important Passport Information
Passports are valid for 10 years and are normally processed within 4-6 weeks. It is recommended that people apply for passports at least two months prior to the planned date of departure.
Department of State Processing Times
For routine service it usually takes approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application until you receive your passport. You may request the U.S. State Department's Expedited Passport Processing Service for an additional $60. If you pay for expedited service it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for you to receive your passport. (Currently, the U.S. passport card is not eligible for Expedited Service.)
U.S. Passport Card
A card that is valid when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. Not valid for international travel by air.
U.S. Passport Book
A booklet that is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land.
Find out more about the differences between passport book and card at travel.state.gov