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U.S. Passport renewal Q?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Joe

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    A question for you seasoned travelers. I renewed my passport book for the first time, for another 10 years. The new one came in the mail last week, but today I received my old one in the mail. Why?? Can I just destroy it?

    An aside. We applied for passports (me first one, wife renewal) our first year after moving to Vegas because Vegas has so many destinations to fly to. Never used them.

    But, still might make it to Canada on one of our Seattle trips, so we renewed.
     
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    Sure. Some people keep them for memories of past trips; others keep them because they may have visas to other countries that haven't expired yet and could still be transferred. I might suggest shredding so any id is erased but whatever works for you.
     
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    Is there a hole punched through it? If so, it's no longer useful as a passport.
     
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    I thought you can still use an expired passport as proof of citizenship.
    For when you get a job and have to provide documents.

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    Yes, two hole punches where the long series of numbers are.

    @Retrobabble LOL, since we never used them, no memories!
     
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    I keep all mine (except the one I lost 25 yrs ago...) Memories. And a couple good photos ;-) But I don't have any visa I need to keep, so could destroy if wanted to.
     
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    I looked up the question on the internet and the passport office says that even cancelled it is good for proof of ID and citizenship.
     
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    Well, maybe I'll just throw it in my carry-on every trip. My wallet was pickpocketed several years ago in Dallas. While I still got on the plane, it was a giant hassle getting through TSA w/o a DL or any other form of ID.
     
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    Some companies won't take an expired passport or DL as proof of citizenship. I know this from experience.
     
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    Both of my passports are in the mail From processing and took less then 5 weeks door to door. I keep my old one due to having current visas still valid in it

    They were very efficient
     
  11. Jackpot Johnny

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    I still have every one of my passports, including my first issued in 1959, even the one issued by the United States Embassy in Saigon in 1970. Some of the pictures are worth a good laugh. Jeez, was I ever that young, or that skinny?

    No need to keep them, but I find the addresses and stamps good for a lot of memories and history.

    I was taught to always have a current passport, because you never know. I’ve been on some great business trips to far away places because I was the only one who could go.

    Always the best proof of citizenship.
     
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    Your "old" passport is cancelled, and the punched holes are visible confirmation thereof. You can keep it as a souvenir, as I did with my black passport (man...it's good to be young). Remember, expired and cancelled are two different things. An expired passport can still be used as valid ID, but a cancelled passport is not. Then again, it depends on who's looking...the Federales or Joe's Construction Company. Visas are different. You could mix-n-match an unexpired visa in an expired passport with your new passport (but you probably wanna keep everything up to date in one rendition).
     
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    Also, while on the subject, many countries will not let you in with a passport that will expire in the next 6 months.
     
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    I renewed my US passport about a year ago, but I've kept all of my old passports as souvenirs.:cool: My oldest one is from my high school days ca. 1970.

    Back in my working days, my employer told us to keep our passports up to date too, since they often sent some of the staff to conferences overseas and we also had an employee exchange program between some of our R&D groups in the UK and Netherlands.
     
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    I'm still wondering who the old man in the picture of my newly renewed passport is?
     
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    It's probably me.
     
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    I needed my old passport back because my ten year China visa is in it.
     
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    A side question.... How old can a passport be and still get it renewed versus applying for a new passport? I haven't had an active passport since the 90's (for work) and want to get one again. I understand the renewal process is much easier and can be dome on-line. The "new" passport process....not so simple.
     
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    You have five years from the date of expiration to renew instead of applying for a new passport. I’d say apply for a new one, keep it, and never let it lapse again. You just never know if you might want to go somewhere out of the country, or might need to go somewhere, or prove your citizenship. Passports can be very useful documents. Easiest document to use for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry too. There are too many reasons to have a current passport and virtually no good reason not to. It would peeve me knowing I was fenced behind our border even if I had no current desire to go anywhere.
     
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    I agree with you wholeheartedly, Johnny. But many many people see no need to ever experience anything but The Greatest Nation in Creation.