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Good Morning,
I hope someone can help me out with this. How do you go about getting a passport card, without having a birth certificate. I have seemed to misplaced mine, and was planning a few trips over to BVI, Jost and others in the next month.
Has anyone had this same or similar problem. I am in the process of getting a birth certificate. Wait 4 to 6 weeks on that and then apply for passport card, another several weeks.
Friends are coming down in January, anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you all, this board has been most helpful, Christina:-)

Posted : December 10, 2009 4:16 am
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Good Night,

I just received my new passport card. I used my valid driver’s license, and an old expired passport I had, it was about $ 9.00, if I remember correctly, and I received it in a few weeks without paying the rush fee.

Hope this helps,

Posted : December 10, 2009 5:05 am
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Ahh, just go over to BVI in a private boat, and skip customs and immigration, both ways! You'll get away with it 99% of the time.

I'm just kidding, because the other 1% of the time, you'll land in jail, get a big fine, and/or get your boat confiscated, so I'm glad you're doing it right.

Posted : December 10, 2009 6:29 pm
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Not even funny. The captain of the boat, on which you attempt your scam, is the one who will wind up in jail or fined. Of course, if (s)he is stupid enough to take you, well.....

I assume you have asked the passport office, and they have told you a birth cert. is needed? I have a stupid a passport card simply a "Passport". I have never heard it referred to as such.

Which island? I haven't had any business with the STX office, but on STT, I renewed mine, and they were delightful and helpful.

Good luck.

Posted : December 10, 2009 11:51 pm
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The Passport card is relatively new, it is a "mini passport" looks kind of like a drivers licence. Good only for use in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. Nice to have in addition to a regular passport for island hopping.


Posted : December 11, 2009 5:28 am
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Good morning,

Thank you all for your advise. I guess I will just have to wait until my birth certificate arrives, and then go from there.
I really want to have a little fun and do some sight seeing while there, so i guess the boat in the middle of the night is not in the plans.
I will get to go someday, as I live on ST Thomas and can go anytime.

Thank you all, Christina

Posted : December 11, 2009 3:05 pm
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I didn't know Passport cards were valid here - I thought it was only for Drive-through border crossings.

Posted : December 12, 2009 1:11 pm
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