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Old 11-01-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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If you have dual citizenship obviously you can have a passport for each country. But I don't think you are asking about that...

For the US specifically, the only reason you would have more than one passport is the you might have one for government/diplomatic work and one for leasure travel...and fact I think you are required to get a separate passport for personal use. I think exceptions are also granted if you travel to two countries, like arab states and Israel, where it causes some entry hassles.

If you run out of pages on your current passport as someone mentioned, this happened to me once, you just send it back in to the state dept. to add more pages. But of course there is a limit to how fat a passport book can get. Not sure what happens then. I assume they cancel one and issue you a new one. So that is NOT a factor.

Of course you can carry an expired passport...some of my visa's are on expired passports for instance. The passport itself is invalid but the visa is valid.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Because he's a crook?
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Some businesspeople have multiple passports because some countries will hold onto a passport for 2-4 weeks when you apply for a business visa and the second passport lets you leave the country while passport #1 is sitting in the mailroom of the Somethingstan consulate. The US government is perfectly okay with this as long as you can explain and document the need for the back-up passport
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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My husband and I both have two passports - one for personal vacation and holiday travel and the other for business. I go to South America a lot as we have a large client base in two or three countries and I travel to Dubai for business on a fairly regular basis as well.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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You could have multiple passports for different countries if you're a dual citizen. The US allows a second passport as sometimes you may have to travel while you've sent your passport in for a country's visa.


Also, if you travel around the mid-east at all, you'll likely have/need two passports, as you can't get into most Arab countries (Egypt, Saudi, Kuwait, Emirates etc.) if you have an Israeli passport stamp. So you'd have a passport for use to Israel, and a passport to everywhere else.


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Incorrect. When travelling in the Middle East and Israel is one of one's stops, the passports are not stamped. Instead slips of paper are stamped with the Visa and length of time it's good for.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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We are reading that Paul Manafort has three passports. I don't know if he them under different names. Why would someone who travels a lot have tgree? How could just one person even obtain three passports in the US?

Seasoned travelers, any thoughts?
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Ah...but you really did mean 3 US passports. Here you go...I learned something new!!

How many U.S. passports can you really own? - Nov. 1, 2017
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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The OP left out a little information:

Manafort currently has three US passports, each under a different number. He has submitted 10 passport applications in roughly as many years, prosecutors said.

Manafort has 3 passports, traveled to China with phone registered under fake name - CNNPolitics


As current US passports are now digitally encoded, one would have multiple US passports so that trips to certain countries cannot be traced as a different passport number is used. For people in certain professions people will carry different passports so there is no digitally encoded history on any database that shows continuity between certain countries. It is legal to have have multiple US passports with the same name but different numbers. If one orders a passport book and as passport card, they'll see that the numbers are completely different.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:12 AM
 
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Two I can think of

1. Americans are terrorism targets, if you can pull out another passport you might be passed over.

2. Many countries have shorter lines at immigration for their own citizens.
You are absolutely correct...! I NEVER use my American passport while traveling...only if I am traveling to the U.S. I also like the idea of not being restricted to one country. Though I have decided to permanently live outside the U.S. Luckily, my other passport is for one of the Top 5 best countries in the world to live. However, having a second passport, or third, is becoming more sought after now because people are becoming more global and for work opportunities. I know some people with children who have 3 passports. I also know people, and it's happening more frequently, who have renounced their American citizenship for various reasons. You can only do this if you have a another citizenship. There are some countries where it's not so difficult to obtain a second passport. IMHO...parents should encourage their children to seek opportunities outside the US and also try to obtain a second passport if possible.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:24 AM
 
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We are reading that Paul Manafort has three passports. I don't know if he them under different names. Why would someone who travels a lot have tgree? How could just one person even obtain three passports in the US?

Seasoned travelers, any thoughts?
I have two because I have dual citizenship; so do my kids and grandkids...we all have two passports
opps...just realized you were referring to multiple US passports.
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