(Closed) Passport name change–do you lose all your stamps?

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think I got a whole new passport. I hadn’t ever used the first one, so I can’t be sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would be bummed too!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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!  ๐Ÿ™

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am really sad about this too. Let us know if you find a solution!!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

just went to

http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/faq/faq_1741.html

and found this

<dl id=”TSG_DL”><dt class=”DTminus”>11. I’m renewing my passport. Do I get the old one back?</dt><dd class=”showDD”>

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.

</dd></dl>

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2007

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
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Sugar bee

My friend just said that her Fiance 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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.

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