Is my activation code the same thing as a password?

No. Your activation code is a four-word combination that was sent to you by your station when you signed up for the Passport member benefit. An example of an activation code is: cat-tree-ship-onyx

Your password is the password you created when you created a PBS, Facebook, or  Google account. 

Your activation code is intended to be used only once when you first activate your Passport membership. It should never be used after that. 

After you have activated your Passport membership with the activation link that was sent to you, all you need to do is go to PBS.org, click Sign In in the upper left side of the screen, and sign in using the same Google, Facebook, or PBS email account with which you activated Passport. If you attempt to use your activation code again, you will encounter a screen asking you to activate again. If this happens, simply click Sign In to PBS.org using the same email address that you used when you activated your account.

If you do not see the blue Passport icon () next to your name, you have not completed the activation process or you have not signed in with the same email address you used when you activated your Passport member benefit. Think of any other email addresses you may have used and try signing in with those until you see the blue Passport icon next to your name.