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Canada and Mexico to require U.S. passport or passport card

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Beginning June 1, all U.S. citizens traveling to Canada and Mexico by land or sea will be required to have U.S. passports or federal passport cards.

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The passport cards or "pass cards" are less expensive wallet-size cards that resemble a driver's license.

A passport costs $100 for those 16 and older and $85 for those younger. Renewals are less.

A passcard costs $45 for those 16 and older ($25 if you have a passport) and $35 for those younger.

The passcard is valid for 10 years for those 16 and older and valid for 5 years for those younger.

Minnesotans may apply for this card at any one of county recorders in the state, such as the Kandiyohi County Office Building, county courthouses and post offices. For a list of sites that offer this service, log on to www.iafdb.travel.state.gov.

A summary of the current and new rules may be found at www.getyouhome.gov, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site.

More information for U.S. citizens is available on the State Department's travel Web site, www.travel.state.gov.

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