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Old 11-23-2019, 09:10 AM
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Do you have a valid passport?


Very simple poll coming: do you have at least one valid passport? I think the SDMB is more likely to travel than the average non-doper. Also, itís a subtle hint to check the expiration, that can sneak up on you and be a mess if you have to do it in a rush.

Iím American and Iím looking at my valid passport with my ugly picture right now at DCA.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:12 AM
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You bet. Plus a Nexus card for quick US/Canada border crossings and TSA pre-clearance.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:17 AM
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With a son and grands living in the US plus frequent trips to Vegas (and other places in the US) we've had passports for many years. Wouldn't be without it. The only deterrent is the killer exchange rates.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:17 AM
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I have one, only used it once. I know the last time I glanced at the date I still had time to renew it. But since they changed the fees a while back so a new one or a renewal costs the same, I'm not sure if I should let it lapse since I'm not leaving the country any time soon. The only thing I'd really save by renewing instead of waiting until I actually need it again is some time and paperwork.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:28 AM
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I travel internationally for work, but even before that I've had a valid passport since just after college. I've got my appointment for my Global Entry interview coming up soon.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:29 AM
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With a son and grands living in the US plus frequent trips to Vegas (and other places in the US) we've had passports for many years. Wouldn't be without it. The only deterrent is the killer exchange rates.
From where? Canada? Itís been great for the US dollar vs the Euro and GBP lately.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:30 AM
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I've used mine more in the last 8 years than all my life up till 2012. We like to cruise, and it's a necessity. Mine is good till Aug '21.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:30 AM
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I have one, only used it once. I know the last time I glanced at the date I still had time to renew it. But since they changed the fees a while back so a new one or a renewal costs the same, I'm not sure if I should let it lapse since I'm not leaving the country any time soon. The only thing I'd really save by renewing instead of waiting until I actually need it again is some time and paperwork.
Renew it. Itís a form of ID. What if you lose your drivers license one day before a domestic flight?
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:32 AM
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Expired in April 2019. Will have to get it renewed or get a new one (whichever is applicable) before November 2020, as Mom is taking the family on a Caribbean cruise.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:36 AM
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Mine is valid but Iím doubting Iíll be able to use it any time soon.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:37 AM
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No. I had one but it expired. I'm not likely to be in a situation where I need to immediately travel outside our borders so it's not a priority to get it renewed. Hell, I don't even fly domestically very often.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:43 AM
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Yes. Used it two weeks ago to travel to the US, and today to travel to Namibia.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:49 AM
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Your poll is broken, because I have two.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:54 AM
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Yes, we travel internationally a couple of times a year, either business or pleasure.

On a side note, we live in California and consequently have to get the new REAL ID compliant drivers license for air travel within the US. Pain in the butt - have to deal with DMV.
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:18 AM
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Your poll is broken, because I have two.
Likewise. Both valid.
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:25 AM
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Used it this last summer to visit the Canadian maritime provinces and France - the island of Saint Miquelon, just west of Newfoundland. Hey, I got some cool stamps in it, for entering and leaving France, and for returning to Canada from France. (US citizens don't usually get stamps for entering or leaving Canada.)
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:33 AM
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Er, make that the island of Saint Pierre. Miquelon is another small island nearby, but I didn't got there.
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:33 AM
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I've got a passport and two other forms of ID (national ID card and driver's license) which are valid for travel to multiple countries (Schengen mainly).
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:44 AM
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Sigh. Neither Saint Pierre nor Miquelon are west of Newfoundland. They're west of the peninsula of Newfoundland that reaches furthest south, if that makes any sense.

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Old 11-23-2019, 12:54 PM
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No. I had one but it expired. I'm not likely to be in a situation where I need to immediately travel outside our borders so it's not a priority to get it renewed. Hell, I don't even fly domestically very often.
Keep in mind that you may be in a situation requiring immediate out of country travel, a friend or relative getting sick or in legal trouble abroad.
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Old 11-23-2019, 12:56 PM
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Your poll is broken, because I have two.
Why is it broken? If you have at least one valid passport..... I travel a lot and Iím aware that many people have more than one, either dual citizenship or a diplomatic one.
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Old 11-23-2019, 12:59 PM
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Yes, we travel internationally a couple of times a year, either business or pleasure.

On a side note, we live in California and consequently have to get the new REAL ID compliant drivers license for air travel within the US. Pain in the butt - have to deal with DMV.
I use my passport to fly domestically all the time. I actually do have a real ID since my last DL expired in January. Thankfully I donít drive as it took a month or so
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:01 PM
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Your poll is broken, because I have two.
Did you notice that the question was, "Do you have at least one valid passport?"
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:03 PM
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Yes, and have since 1985. I use it for international travel at least once a year, and had the most recent one out a couple of weeks ago along with my driver's license as ID when I got my security badge at work renewed.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:09 PM
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As I've said before -- two. US and Georgia. Just in case.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:35 PM
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Geez, tough room.
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:32 PM
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That's what happens when one of the poll options isn't pie?
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:48 PM
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I was going to vote no, but it said I had already voted (which I did not-).
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:07 PM
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Yes. I've had a passport for years. I did a lot of overseas travel back in the day, and I visit the US a few times a year nowadays, so I need one for that too. I'm at the point where it feels weird to not have a valid passport.
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:14 PM
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Yep, need it for work and it gets used frequently.
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:55 PM
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Yes, we travel internationally a couple of times a year, either business or pleasure.

On a side note, we live in California and consequently have to get the new REAL ID compliant drivers license for air travel within the US. Pain in the butt - have to deal with DMV.
I just got my REAL ID license. Made an appointment with the DMV for 10 am. Was out of there at 10:02. (I did come 15 minutes early.) Have your stuff together now and it is a snap.

Have had a passport since 1961 when I went to Africa as a kid.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:13 PM
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Yes. Mine was expired for a bit in 2018-19 but that was first time in at least 30 or so yrs I didn't have a valid one.

Most responses here are usually from US (42% have per this link, big increase in recent years), or Canada second (66% per link), UK another common origin of posters (76% in England and Wales per link). Fairly easy to see why that would be the order, average distance to a land border from a given person's home is higher in the US than Canada, loads of nearby countries to UK and UK not part of the Schengen Zone even aside from potential Brexit. I've read second hand that it's also lower in some larger Shengen Zone countries, since you can go to lots of other countries without one.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:29 PM
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Yep. Just used it to get my "enhanced" driver's license that will let me board planes.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:32 PM
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Yes, but I'm English and I don't drive.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:42 PM
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I'm English and have had a passport for 46 years.

Several of my friends in Las Vegas had to get a passport to visit me.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:51 PM
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I had a passport once, but it expired in the 1990's.

I was going to get a new one for "just in case" this year, but when I went to get a RealID I found out there was Official Confusion Over My Actual Name which took months and a lawyer to straighten out.

So getting a new passport is on the list for next year now. But at least now I am Properly Identified.
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Sigh. Neither Saint Pierre nor Miquelon are west of Newfoundland. They're west of the peninsula of Newfoundland that reaches furthest south, if that makes any sense.
And while weíre picking nits, Newfoundland and Labrador isnít one of the Maritime provinces.
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Keep in mind that you may be in a situation requiring immediate out of country travel, a friend or relative getting sick or in legal trouble abroad.
Possible but extremely doubtful and not likely enough to push it far up the priority list. Unless it's my spouse or child, I'm not going to be anyone's choice to fly across the globe to save them.

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Old 11-23-2019, 06:20 PM
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And while weíre picking nits, Newfoundland and Labrador isnít one of the Maritime provinces.
Understood. On the same trip, I also travelled through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The US doesn't deserve a neighbor as nice as Canada.
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:22 PM
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Yes, we travel internationally a couple of times a year, either business or pleasure.

On a side note, we live in California and consequently have to get the new REAL ID compliant drivers license for air travel within the US. Pain in the butt - have to deal with DMV.
I just got my RealID two week ago. I made an appointment, and it was easy.
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:49 PM
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Easy for MOST people... but anyone who has ever had a name change, ever, for any reason, MIGHT have trouble (yes, that does include most married women). While I was getting mine sorted out I ran into several other people who had trouble - divorcees, adoptees, and one young man who's family, for whatever reasons, had referred to him all his life by a name different than what appeared on his birth certificate meaning ALL his records aside from his birth certificate where in one name ... but not the name for his RealID. And once you start the process you can't back out and get a normal ID.

As I said - for MOST people this is trivial. For some people, however, it is not. Be sure you have all your documents before you start (or you might wind up without a valid ID until you get it sorted out). All changes of name since your birth, including adoption, marriage(s), divorce(s), or just "I want to change my name for X reason". You will need every single one.

In addition, people without a middle name, or people with more than one middle name, or with hyphenated names, may also have trouble.

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Old 11-23-2019, 07:11 PM
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Mine expired in 1998. Haven't been out of the country since then.
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I got a RealID license in California a couple months ago. I wasn't hard, I guess, but it was time consuming. I went to the DMV office whose website said there was currently a 10 minute wait. They don't tell you that the wait time starts after you stand in the 45 minute line to check in and get a number.
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Yup. I've had a valid passport since about 1986, including diplomatic, official and tourist versions.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:40 PM
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I'm on my third US Tourist (Blue) Passport (the others expired) and also had a 'Brown' passport when I worked for the US Government (had to turn it back in when I retired). When I was overseas working during Gulf War II (in the UAE), the embassy was prepared to offer us 'Black' or Diplomatic passports, but never got one of those.
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Yes, I've had one for decades because I was born in Canada but I'm a naturalized U.S. citizen and it's a convenient proof of citizenship.
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I had one until 2015 but it expired. Since then, getting a new one has been on my "to-do" list.
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:09 AM
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What's a "Real ID"?
The REAL ID Act is a federal security-theater law, to make it harder for law-abiding people to get drivers licenses and ID cards so they'll be comforted by the feeling that perhaps a terrorist was also inconvenienced. If you have a non-compliant ID, eventually maybe one day you won't be allowed to use it to get on a plane, or to enter a federal building (not that most people go to federal buildings much). The current threat is that this changeover will occur in 2020 (after being postponed about a dozen times before). If you don't have one or can't get one, you have to use a passport (or other, rarer forms of ID) to fly.

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Old 11-24-2019, 02:28 AM
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U.S. Citizen, living in the Schengen area. Yep, I got a valid passport. And my residence permit, which I have to show if anyone wants to see my passport, as my passport does not contain a Schengen area entry stamp. Americans can only stay in the Schengen area for 90 days until they have a valid residence permit for the area.

I have been asked for my residence permit in the U.S. (the airline doesn't like it when you say you don't have a return to U.S. flight booked), U.K. (not Schengen, so they shouldn't care) and any time I have to show my passport traveling within the Schengen area. Often they don't even ask to see a passport.

My passport's valid until August 2022. Global Entry is valid until my birthday in 2021, but I don't actually have a card, which is only needed for crossing the border with an auto.

Residence permit is good until 2023. So I have something to do in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Glad I only have one passport. My friend has two passports, plus an ID card for the European country and her residence permit. Something's always needing attention.

ETA

There are some states that don't like to accept a U.S. passport for buying age-restricted items because their rules state that they can only accept their own states' driver license. Rather annoying.

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