Post # 1
I’m in the lovely process of changing my last name with every agency I’ve ever interacted with and it’s not been an enjoyable or speedy process.
But I figured it would be worth it, and soon over, until I realized that I have to get a NEW passport in order to change my name, (and I can’t keep the old one)! This means that not only my trip to Paris/South Africa/Malawi last January will be erased from my records…but also all the stamps I received during our Italian honeymoon go away, forever. No record of our honeymoon travel?! 🙁
I feel sentimentally attached to those country stamps. it’s the best souvenir I’ve ever gotten!
Is there anyway to keep those stamps? (besides making photocopis of the passport before mailing it in for a replacement) Has anyone else done world traveling before marriage and have to lose all their stamps? Can you relate?
Post # 3
I think I got a whole new passport. I hadn’t ever used the first one, so I can’t be sure! 🙂 I would be bummed too!
Post # 4
On my travels, we actually didn’t get a lot of “stamps” and they are all on random pages so for me, I don’t really mind.
I would suggest scanning them with a high res scanner and printing out on quality paper so you have a record of them.
Post # 5
Can’t you keep your old passport as a memento after you get a new one? My husband has his passport from his childhood, but I haven’t changed my name yet so I don’t know if that would be possible as an adult… I would be so sad to lose my stamps since the first time I ever went out of the country was on my honeymoon! 🙁
Post # 6
In Canada there is an option to get your old passport back! They just punch a hole in the old one to make it invalid!
Post # 7
I know I have seen US passports with holes through them, making them invalid. (They do this with state IDs or drivers licenses, too, when you want to keep it once you’ve gotten a new one or whatnot), but I don’t know if you need to specifically request it or what.
Please let us know if you find a solution. I had not thought of that yet, but I certainly don’t want to lose my stamps, either!
Post # 8
I’m with a few of the other posters — I think you can get your passport back with a hole punched through it to make it invalid. I’d keep calling until you get a nice sounding person on the phone and beg 🙂
Post # 9
I have my old passports from when I was a teenager
I’m the same my passport is filled with stamps: Rome, Athens, Ireland, England, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Antigua, US
I’m bummed too–on the flip side just means I have a whole new one to fill up again
Post # 10
I am really sad about this too. Let us know if you find a solution!!
Post # 11
I only got one right before we got married so we could go on our honeymoon, so that’s not something I thought about! I know they kept mind, but maybe someone nice will let you have it back. Or, and it sucks because it will cost you some money, maybe you can say you “lost” your old one so you can keep it, but still get a new one with your new name? I know, shame on me for suggesting you lie, but it’s an idea.
Post # 12
just went to
and found this
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Yes, we return the old, cancelled passport to you although it may be sent separately from your new passport. It is a good idea to keep it in a safe place as it is considered proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship.
Post # 13
i didn’t ask for my old passport to be sent back, but it was sent back to me along w/ my new one…
Post # 14
My friend just said that her FI just got a new passport and they returned the old passport to him with a hole punched through it. We live in California. I hope this is an option too, I want my stamps even though I dont have too many. Its probably more money, but if you are super sentimental about it you could always just claim you lost it and order a new passport all together.
Post # 15
I’ve had a passport since I was little, and I always get mine mailed back to me when I get a new one. Basically, they mail out the new one to you immediately, and then the old one comes back in a separate package a few days later with a few holes in it to show that it is no longer valid. It seems like they might even come from two different locations or different departments, which is why they are mailed separately.
Post # 16
Yep, you’re old one comes back to you with a hole in it. And the new one is, well, new. Just like if you had to renew. I’ve always kept my old ones. Good source of backup ID.