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The passport card is a wallet-sized identification card that proves U.S. citizenship. In the past, United States citizens enjoyed travel into certain other countries and territories without the need to have a passport. However, there are new travel requirements that were brought into effect by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. In order to increase border security, standardized documentation is now required for international travel. The passport card is an alternative to carrying a conventional passport book and is valid for land and sea travel to and from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean. It is important to remember that the passport card is not valid for air travel. If you are planning on traveling outside of the United States make sure you have the appropriate documentation with you.