Do you always "have to have" an active (unexpired) passport?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: your situation?
    I always have an active passport (or more than one for dual citizens) : (135 votes)
    41 %
    I have never had a passport : (18 votes)
    5 %
    I let my passports expire sometimes : (22 votes)
    7 %
    I only get a new passport when I have a specific reason why I need it : (32 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Right now, I have at least one active passport : (106 votes)
    32 %
    Rigjt now, I don't have an active passport : (15 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015


    I prefer to keep mine active, though I have let it expire in the past.

    In contrast, my FI refuses to get his until he He didn’t even bother to get one done for our Caribbean cruise this past spring.

    It’s all personal preference, I suppose 🙂

    Post # 4
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I have only had one passport, which I got 5 years ago to go to Guatemala. I’ve since seen Spain, England, France, Andorra, Canada for the third time, and will go to Guatemala again in 12 days (!!). It will not expire for another 5 years, at which time it will be renewed. I’m in a constant state of wanderlust, I like to know I can leave if I want to

    Eta: I just turned 25, so I basically got one as soon as I could travel on my own as an adult. My parents have been out of the USA and Canada only to visit me in Spain 

    Post # 5
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    No way, I would be very uncomfortable having an expired passport. I have an active passport that expires April 2014 and I am already thinking about renewing it. My fiance is a dual citizen – we live in the US and he has always kept his US passport active but his other country passport has expired once because he forgot to renew it.

    Post # 6
    2912 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’m always flying so I have to keep mine active. I would be very uncomfortable not having a valid passport. You never know when you have to fly somewhere. 

    I wish mine would hurry up and expire. I have a face like a dropped pie in my current one 🙁

    Post # 7
    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had to renew mine for a trip to Mexcio in 2011.  Before that I had not travelled outside of the US since 1996, so I believe I had to renew it.  It is in my old name so I have to update it soon.  Just trying to time when I want to spend the $120 or so to get it changed.  I plan to leave the country next year at a minimum.

    Post # 8
    1087 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It’s a longer application process (in Canada anyway) to renew a passport that has expired. It’s really simple to renew ahead of time, so that’s my main reason.

    Post # 9
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Always keep that sucker active in case I need to rob a bank and flee to Mexico on a whim.

    Post # 10
    5087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I always have an active passport. In fact, my current one is really extra special to me because my late grandmother paid for it, so it’s like she travels with me. 

    Post # 11
    12875 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I definitely have to keep a valid passport.  We usually do at least 1 international trip a year.  The last one we did was a last minute one that we got flights for just 2 weeks prior to leaving.. too close for comfort to rush a passport.

    Post # 12
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine is always active but because I have family that lives outside of the US and I travel outside the country numerous times a year. If I didnt, I wouldnt care if it expired. I live close to 2 passport agencies and obtaining a same-day passport is easy (I work for the government anyway).

    Post # 13
    2232 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @joya_aspera:  I had an active passport as a child, but because I have not been better able to travel more than a state or two away, let alone across national borders, I have allowed mine to expire. I do greatly desire to see more countries. After I finish my undergrad, I think I’ll reward myself with a fresh passport and a road trip to Canada.

    Post # 15
    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I got my first passport right before my 30th birthday.  I suppose my current one isn’t valid because I’ve gotten married and changed my name, but I don’t feel any urgency to change it and likely won’t do so until we plan to leave the country again for a vacation.

    Post # 16
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Oh I absolutely have to have one. I’ve had a passport since I was a baby and the only time I didn’t have one was when I lost it once in college right before vacation and had to have a new one rush-ordered. On the other hand, FI is 35-years-old and has never had one. We’re in the process of trying to get him one now, but struggling a little bit.

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