We [size=began production of the U.S. Passport Card on July 14, 2008. To date, We have issued over 900,000 U.S. Passport Cards. Applications for the U.S. Passport Card are being processed in approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.]
The wallet-size passport card is convenient and less expensive than the passport book. However, the U.S. Passport Card cannot be used for international air travel. This new travel document can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.
Note: A current or previous passport book holder, who is eligible to use Form DS-82 , may apply for a passport card as a renewal by mail. First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use Form DS-82, must apply for a passport card in person using Form DS-11.
The card has the same period of validity as the U.S. Passport Book: 10 years for an adult and 5 years for minors under age 16. The card costs $45 for a first-time adult passport applicant and $35 for all minor applicants under age 16, regardless of whether they are previous passport book or card holders. Adults who already have a fully valid passport book may apply for the card as a passport renewal by mail and pay only $20.
In case you are interested, there are fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 10pm. They are also illuminated every night until midnight. The Falls are only about a half hour from the hotel, not including the border crossing. The border crossing nearest the hotel is Peace Bridge.
For border crossing times, here is the US Customs' website:
Sorry to be missing the AGG conference and all the great glass people. Thanks to the AGG and Jim Whitney scholarship I am presently at Pilchuck in Judith Schecther's "Not your mother's stained glass" class. Having an awesome learning experience. Thank you AGG