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Old 03-02-2018, 05:30 AM
 
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The annoyance there is that child passports are only good for five years.
True, but they're cheap and offer proven ID.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:54 AM
 
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True, but they're cheap and offer proven ID.
$80 per isn't cheap to a lot of people when it's not all that necessary for their situation.
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Old 03-03-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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We got passports as well for both of our kids. We have a post office that does passports and that is open on a Saturday so we went half an hour before the closing time. The whole process took half an hour. We can do this once in five years...
Oh I absolutely agree that they are worth doing! Both our children have passports. It's especially important for the one child that wasn't born in the US. But there is a bit of a hassle factor when applying and renewing them. Many adults without children don't realize that a child's passport can only be renewed in person (mail-in is not an option).
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Old 03-03-2018, 12:33 PM
 
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$80 per isn't cheap to a lot of people when it's not all that necessary for their situation.
True, but if you have the money to fly, you can afford $15/year for an ID for the child that is accepted anywhere, renewable every 5 years.
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Old 03-03-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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True, but if you have the money to fly, you can afford $15/year for an ID for the child that is accepted anywhere, renewable every 5 years.
Itís not $15 a year. Itís $80. Per passport. The State Department doesnít let you pay in yearly installments.
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Old 03-03-2018, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Itís not $15 a year. Itís $80. Per passport. The State Department doesnít let you pay in yearly installments.
The $80 is for 5 years. That is 80 divided by 5 = $16 per year, even though it is all paid up front.
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:21 PM
 
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The $80 is for 5 years. That is 80 divided by 5 = $16 per year, even though it is all paid up front.
I get your point. You can break it down by years or months or days. Itís still a lot of money for some people to have to pay at once for something they Really wonít need.
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Old 03-04-2018, 05:17 AM
 
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I get your point. You can break it down by years or months or days. Itís still a lot of money for some people to have to pay at once for something they Really wonít need.
If someone is struggling to come up with $80 for a passport maybe they shouldnít be traveling. And everyone should have a passport.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:12 AM
 
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If someone is struggling to come up with $80 for a passport maybe they shouldnít be traveling. And everyone should have a passport.
If you fly every other year at best and have three kids, why would you spend $240 on three passports? It makes no sense. I donít know anyone who has bought a passport unless they have needed them for traveling abroad. I know a lot of people who primarily take driving trips within the US. There is really no chance that they are going to be in a situation where they need a passport.

I know when I got my precheck the person who did my interview asked me how much I traveled abroad to see if it would be worth it for me to get the global entry, but I donít even really go once per year and itís usually on a cruise where the global entry is not available. Yeah, the price is not that much different, but if it is of no use to me, then why would I pay for it?
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