Benefits of Having a Passport If He's Not Planning to Travel?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The application process goes more quickly and there is less paperwork if you renew within a year of expiry… But at this point, he should be travelling with you too, so since it would take the longest time to get you a passport, the convenience factor doesn’t matter.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I have two passports (dual citizen) and I would NEVER let either of them lapse even though I travel on one far more than the other. The same applies to every single member of my family. Fact is, they’re a pain to renew once they’ve expired and they can take ages to get back from the embassy. Your SO’s mom sounds like she’s just being a good parent and trying to make sure her son doesn’t get stuck being unable to travel in the event that he one day needs to for whatever reason (and you never know when you might need to; I had a family member that I was close to get sick overseas and it was only because my passports were current that I could see her before she died).

 

Just let him get his passport renewed and don’t make a huge deal about it. It’s the same as getting a driver’s license renewed in theory and you wouldn’t ask him not to do that because you’re afraid he might go on a road trip, right?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  liameowchelle.
Post # 4
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Blushing bee

i’ve always had one. i can use it as a form of ID, and it’s great as a form of ID at the airport instead of a license.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I haven’t been international in a few years but mine expired and I got it renewed without even thinking about it.  DH got all upset that I was planning a trip to Ireland or something.  I just renewed it like I renew my license.  What do you consider “well in advance” and now that your engaged woudln’t you be going too? Do you have your passport? Also if he didn’t want to go…. why did he? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s always better to not let it lapse. Even if there is no trip in the works, he should get it renewed to save some hassle later. Plus, if he ever lost his driver’s license or something, he would need a passport to get on domestic flights, bars, etc.  It’s always good to have that 2nd form tucked away at home just in case.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

coachhw:  to be honest, if I know I am definitely not going on a trip for an extended period of time (like 15 months plus) I wouldn’t bother with a passport renewal. Yes there is extra hassle, but there is also extra money involved (passports don’t last forever) and I don’t think renewal is cheaper than new application, at least in Canada. (We also now have 10 year passports so I don’t see this being an issue for me for a while!) There is also a grace period for getting the renewal done after it expires. Six months is more than enough time to get your passport done. I would also reccommend you two get them done at the same time so that one of you doesn’t forget to renew and have to rush to get it done before a trip; my SO and I are on different schedules, it is a three hour drive to the passport office; in other words it would have been better if we had to do both passports at once.

I would talk to your fiancé about this, just to make sure you two are on the same page.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I always renew mine even if I have nothing planned. It was actually super helpful when my license expired and I was waiting a few days to get my new one. I was still able to purchase booze lol. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would never let my passport lapse. As pp have said you never know when you might have to travel or need extra ID. I do think his mom needs to butt out. He is an adult and should take care of things himself. 

 

And for goodness sakes, you are a grown woman. Get yourself a passport for the same reasons listed above. It might make sense to wait until after you are married and have your new name if you plan to change it, but really, in this day and age I feel it is irresponsible not to have one. Just my two cents. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015

I’m assuming that you are in the USA and it’s a different system to the UK where we have 10 year passports and they aren’t that cheap to renew so I would only renew mine if I knew I needed it within a few months. Also why is his mother doing it? My parents haven’t renewed my passport since I was 18!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t have a current passport right now and it’s something that’s on my to do list, because…what if you want to go to Canada or Mexico?  You need a passport…!  It’s also really convenient if you start a new job, as you just need to bring your passport, not two separate forms of ID.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Engaged in Paris:  Ours last for 10 years as well and cost like…$110.  So it’s not super expensive, but it’s not cheap, either.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

coachhw:  Since you’ll be getting married, and your FI’s family like to go on international trips, why not get a passport so you can go along with them easily if they plan another one in the next few years?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

More thoughts: what if you took a joband they wanted you to travel, even infrequently?

 

Also I don’t understand why you would need 6 months notice if your FI was goinglot leave the country? Really? Why? That seems excessive. It sounds like his family likes to travel. What if they planned a trip and your FI wanted to go? Would you be opposed to going with him/them? In effect you wouldmake him choose. It may cause resentment with his family too. Not saying you guys habe to take every trip with them but once in a while, I would think. 

 

Further, do you really have no desire ever to leave the US? Even for short trips? I personally think that everyone who can should travel. To see that there are other ways of doing things, to experience a new culture and to realize that the US is not the epicenter of the world as many Americans think. Yes, I am American, and I’m not saying you think that, but I’ve encountered many who do. 

Sorry for the rant, I’m getting off my soapbox, but I really think not having a passport islimiting and I am bothered by people who see no need to ever look beyond their own borders (again not directed at you in particular) 

 

 

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