Border Crossing Card

For Citizens of Mexico


A Form DSP-150 is both a Border Crossing Card and a B1/B2 visitor visa, but a DSP-150 is generally called a Border Crossing Card ("BCC"). It is issued as a laminated card, which has enhanced graphics and technology, similar to the size of a credit card. It is valid for travel until the expiration date on the front of the card, usually ten years after issuance.

Border Crossing Card Validity

  • The BCC is generally valid for ten years after issuance, except in the cases of some children (see Border Crossing Card Fees).

Qualifying for a Border Crossing Card

  • BCCs are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Mexico.
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1 and/or B2 visas and plan to stay in the U.S. no more than six months.
  • They must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico that would compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.

Applying for a Border Crossing Card

BCC applicants must make an application using the procedures set by consular sections in Mexico. Refer to the websites of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico for details.

Required Documentation

All applicants for BCCs must have a valid Mexican passport at the time of application.

Border Crossing Card Fees

For current fees for Department of State services, select Fees.

Mexican children under 15 years of age pay a reduced fee for a BCC. The child must have at least one parent who holds a valid BCC or is applying for a BCC. BCCs issued for the reduced fee expire on the child’s 15th birthday. If the full fee is paid, the child receives a BCC valid for the full ten years.

References - U.S. Laws

Section 104 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) serves as the legal basis for the issuance of Border Crossing Cards.