Border Patrol Travel Documents, Part 1
Here are examples of almost all U.S. travel and identity documents
now used to enter, exit or operate within the United States. Each
document has been provided with a brief description. All of the
images are facsimiles, of purposely of low resolution, and not
necessarily the correct color.
In accordance with the 14th amendment to the US Constitution,
any person born in and subject to the jurisdiction of the United
States is a citizen of the US at birth. US citizenship may also
be acquired through derivation from a US citizen parent
when children are born abroad or through naturalization after
meeting the necessary residency requirements.
The United States Passport
The United States Passport is a document issued by the State
Department to persons who have established that they are citizens
of the United States by birth, naturalization, or derivation of
citizenship. The primary purpose of the passport is to facilitate
travel to foreign countries by establishing US citizenship and
acting as a vehicle to display any appropriate visas and / or
entry / exit stamps that may be necessary.
Passports are also very reliable documents which may be used
within the United States to establish citizenship, identity, and
There are about fifteen different versions of the US passport
that are presently valid and vary from the 1998 version illustrated