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Hi, I am a US citizen now. Applied end of May, and was sworn in yesterday.
I also have German citizenship, and its passport (costs $40), with which I can travel internationally. The US passport costs 150+ dollars, so I'd prefer to have the passport card at $30.

I would therefore just use the passport card to enter the US, and the German one for the flights themselves - just to save the money.

The issue, the passport card is just for entries on the land borders and seaports. It says it isn't issued for international travel.

However, I would travel internationally with my German passport. I would show the passport card to the officer in the cubicle, and that should be all of it, identifying me as an American. Is the logic OK, or what do you think?

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Here is the full text of the paragraph from the DOS website about passports and passport card use (emphasis included):

The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

Ref:http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/card.html

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The main benefit of the card is to replace your passport. For example, if your passport is lost or stolen, but you have the card available to you, you can replace it with no questions asked. The other replacement angle that people forget about is when it is time to renew your passport. Typically you send in your still valid passport, and it may be out of your hands for 5 weeks as the new one is processed. If you have a Card, you can send that in with your new passport application, and keep the Passport Book for travel.

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Hi, I am a US citizen now. Applied end of May, and was sworn in yesterday.

I also have German citizenship, and its passport (costs $40), with which I can travel internationally. The US passport costs 150+ dollars, so I'd prefer to have the passport card at $30.

I would therefore just use the passport card to enter the US, and the German one for the flights themselves - just to save the money.

The issue, the passport card is just for entries on the land borders and seaports. It says it isn't issued for international travel.

However, I would travel internationally with my German passport. I would show the passport card to the officer in the cubicle, and that should be all of it, identifying me as an American. Is the logic OK, or what do you think?

Hello:

Passport cards are only valid for land and sea entries. Meaning if you come from canada or mexico by land you can use passport card or if you come to one of the sea ports by boat same card is good. Now to go internationally by airplane you are required to have a passport book, a card will not be accepted in an airplane.

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