American citizens traveling by land or sea between the US and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda will have the option of using a wallet-sized card in place of a passport beginning this spring, reports USA Today. The handy-sized card is designed to make life a bit easier for border-area residents who make frequent crossings.
Travelers can apply for the new cards beginning February 1. Citizens who don't already have passports will need to show both a government-issued ID and proof of citizenship at the borders starting January 31. The new card is cheaper, as well as smaller: $45 for adults, versus $97 for regular passports—which anyone traveling by air will still need to have.