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View Poll Results: Day you have a cpvalid passport?
Yes 161 80.90%
No 38 19.10%
Voters: 199. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-05-2017, 11:00 AM
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We are just about to renew ours for the 3rd time. Having a passport makes traveling much easier. Had ours stolen once in Italy but got it back because an honest man found it on a train and turned it in to a police station, they called our hotel and we got them back. Very lucky but it shows there are nice folks everywhere.

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Old 02-05-2017, 11:06 AM
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i got my first one 3 years ago when we made a destination wedding for my daughter
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Old 02-05-2017, 11:32 AM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I've had a US passport since 1962 when I first visited Denmark. I renew it regularly and travel in and out of, and inside, the EU regularly, now that I live in Denmark. My job took me to many developing countries.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:00 PM
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I was on my mother's passport in 1949 when she went back to her birthplace in Germany. I remember how I hated it there and my sister (I was 4 and she was 3) and I decided to walk back to the USA. Fortunately, my mother found us before we got to the ocean.

I didnt get a passport of my own until 3 years ago when I traveled with my sister to her condo in Playa del Carmen. My sister loves to travel -- me, not so much.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:20 PM
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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My wife is first generation American and traveled back to Germany numerous times plus several other countries. So she's always had a passport.

We decided to all get passports to make the crossing easier at the Canadian border. We're just over 4 hours to Montreal and also like long weekends in Toronto. My oldest daughter has made 2 trips to Europe while in college and my other daughter is planning on studying abroad. Whole family is really in to the whole experiencing other places mentality.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:02 PM
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I Live in Maui, and with all the craziness going on in the Continental United States and the World, I am not going ANYWHERE!!
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:24 PM
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No. First I'd have to get a certified copy of my birth certificate, I think.
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Old 02-05-2017, 02:39 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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I got mine in 2000 because I was going to be going to the UK. After that, I just used it as ID when I traveled within the US. Now I will be making a trip to Canada once a year so I have to have it.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:10 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Obtaining a passport is on my Retirement Planning to do list and I need to hop to it. I finally have official copies of my birth certificate and next plan is to get a SSN card and maybe some type of government ID from my work. I’m concerned that I may need secondary forms of ID since my driver’s license is not RealID compliant. Then there is the middle initial vs full middle name issue on these documents. Planning ahead if I move to Oregon, their requirements for a driver’s license are to prove full legal name but most of my ID uses middle initial and I wanted to keep it that way to please the TSA folks. Also many passports were issued in 2007-2008 because of the 2007 law that required passports for travel to Canada and Mexico so 49 million passports are due to expire shortly (in addition to those in RealID non-compliant states pursuing passports to travel within the country on airlines). And there are changes ahead for passports to use chip technology. So it may take some time to get or renew a passport.

What a mess! If I don’t get my identification documents squared away soon, I may cease to exist as an American citizen despite having a government security clearance for the last 31 years. When I was a kid, my dad would drive the family into Mexico to go shopping for the day – I’m not even sure if the border guard asked to see his driver’s license.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Nightengale212 View Post
In addition to a passport I also have Global Entry which includes TSA Pre Check which expedites going through customs when returning to the US following foreign travel.
I'm like you, we have both, just renewed our Global Entries. We're traveling to Croatia in May. DH is going to Mexico in two weeks.
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