Border Crossing Card (BCC) and Border Biometrics Program

The Border Crossing Card (BCC) is both a BCC and a B1/B2 visitor’s visa. A BCC (also referred to as a DSP-150) may be issued as a laminated card, which has enhanced graphics and technology, similar to the size of a credit card, or as a visa in a passport. They are valid for travel until the expiration date on the front of the card or on the visa, usually ten years after issuance.

B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Mexico.  Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1/B2 visas.  They must demonstrate that

BCC applicants must make an application using the normal procedures set by consular sections in Mexico.  All applicants for a B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Card must have a valid Mexican passport at the time of application.

Mexican children under 15 years of age pay a reduced fee for a Border Crossing Card. The child must have at least one parent who holds a valid BCC or is applying for a BCC. BCC’s 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.

BCC applicants at the consular sections in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Merida receive a B1/B2 visa/BCC foil that is affixed in the applicant’s passport instead of a card.  BCC applicants at all other Consulates receive the new BCC.