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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by adias.angel
This is a 8 month old press release. I can't find anymore info on it at the government websites listed. Any ideas what the status of this is? Carla
It was supposed to be ready sooner, but it looks like the Governemnt is trying to have it ready before the new passport rules go into effect next year. They are shooting for the Summer of 2007, but I have no idea if they will make that date.

"The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited-use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet."

"The Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 (P.L. 109-295) directed the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to review the card architecture of the Passport Card, proposed by the Department of State as an alternative to the traditional passport book under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative."

"NIST determined, and on May 3, 2007, NIST Director William Jeffrey certified, that the proposed card architecture -- as described in the draft, revised RFP -- meets or exceeds the relevant standards and best practices as specified in the statute."

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