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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, 03:46 PM
Location: Texas
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I had a passport since the 50ís, had to renew it last year, my wife will renew hers this year.
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Old 02-05-2017, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jean_ji View Post
In the thread, Where can a US citizen retire outside the US?, it was posted that "The vast majority of Americans do not even have a passport, have not traveled much overseas (unless living in foxhole is counted)".

I wanted to see if that was true and from a quick Google search, learned that 1/3 of the population has a passport.

It's always brought up that posters on C-D retirement forum are not the average person. It will be interesting to see if a high number of people here have a valid passport.

Apologies for the poll typo.

Forbes Welcome. Written in 2012:

Times have changed. "More Americans have passports now than ever before," says Ken Chavez, spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the US State Department. Over one-third of the population to be exact, or nearly 110 million out of 313 million Americans. That's more than double the number of US passports in circulation in 2000 (48 million) and around 15 times 1989ís 7 million. At that last number (under 3 percent of Americans), you can sort of understand why my European traveling buddies were scandalized.
Many in this forum are in or close to retirement without young children and probably with more time than the average person to travel out of the country.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jean_ji View Post
Traveling overseas wasn't even a thought when I was a kid. Our DIL's parents, sister and brother are all in different countries and my grandkids have had their passports since they were infants. It's a far different world for them visiting relatives than for me as a child.

I keep mine current to avoid last minute scrambles and to be ready for any opportunity.
It wasn't when I was a kid either. My son's had far more opportunities than I had, so far. And that was my plan.
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:52 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Got one six years ago to visit our Army son's wedding in Germany. Have no need or desire to travel, but feels nice to have a passport.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by nicet4 View Post
I still have {my passport} because it sits in my underwear drawer to be used as a perfect secondary id should I ever lose my wallet.
This. It also is handy to whip out two IDs to the annoying-as-f*** TSA agent, even if you're travelling domestically. Yes, jerk, I really am who I say I am on the ticket.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:26 PM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Got mine in 72 for my first trip to Europe. Hitchhiked around the Continent for 3 months. Started a life long love affair with travel. All fifty states and about 20 countries. SIL is a flight attendant and I hop on her flights every once in a while with a buddy pass.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:58 PM
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I have had a passport since 1991 when i started working in Mexico many years ago. Fortunately. I have never had to pay for it.

My favorite story is that the Illinois Secretary of State refused to accept my valid US passport as an ID. No kidding.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:59 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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The spouse and I have had passports for at least 30 years and our son has had one since he was 4 or 5 for his first trip. Multiple renewals along the way of course. We've been to all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, a bit of the Caribbean. The spouse traveled to Asia frequently for work, but I've never been. We been to most of the US - not Alaska.

I wanted to take my mother to Ireland and England before she died, but she could not get a birth certificate as both of her parents, grandparents, her aunts and the brother who witnessed her birth were dead by then (she was born in 1923, home birth, homeschooled as her family worked various farms through Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and California). At the time it was going to take the intervention of a Senator to get a passport because she didn't have any of the acceptable "early public records" required. The funny thing is that she could get birth certificates for both her parents.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:12 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I had a passport from around 1960 (a teenager) until around 1995...
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by NRaleigh Mom View Post
In my fifties and have never had one.
I'm 64 and never had one. I would like to have one, but have no plans to travel outside the US. More of a just in case I need it for ID purposes.
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