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Does the U.S. passport card have the same technology in it as the U.S. epassport?

The U.S. passport card was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to give a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book for residents of Texas, Vermont, Washington, Michigan and other border states that frequently crossing land and port borders.

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How does the RFID-based U.S. passport card work?

The RFID chip will broadcast a number that is uniquely tied to you when it enters a radio field.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses that number to look up your personal information record that is stored on their servers.  Border officers will then compare you to the record to determine if you should be admitted.  No personal information is stored in the RFID chip.
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My state is planning an “enhanced” driver’s license with an RFID chip in it. Is that the same technology as an epassport?

An enhanced driver's license (EDL) is one that meets new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and can be used as a border crossing credential into Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean islands. They look like a regular driver's license except they add the word "enhanced" on the top and have a small American flag on the front.
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How will RFID enhanced driver’s licenses work?

The enhanced driver's license will work just like the U.S. passport card.  The RFID chip will broadcast a number that is uniquely tied to you when it enters a radio field.  That number points to your personal information record that is stored on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) servers.  Border officers will then compare you to the record to determine if you should be admitted.  No personal information is stored in the RFID chip on the driver’s license.
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Why did the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decide to use RFID technology for the U.S. Passport Card and enhanced driver’s license?

Millions of people regularly pass through the land and sea ports-of-entry arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.  Many do it every day.  The DHS felt they could process more people in less time using RFID, because it’s longer read range allows them to pull up records in advance as people approach the border crossing.
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Where can I use the passport card instead of a U.S. passport?

The passport card can only be used 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.  To get a passport card, you must go through the same approval and documentation process as for a passport.
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