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Who out there has a passport?
i'm considering gettingon as I may travel in the future, nd think I would like toget one before it gets to be more of a hassles than it already is,... any thoghts or advie would be welcom.
As a Canadian citizen and a European Union citizen, I am lucky to have two. They come-in handy and I encourage people to get theirs (and travel).
My advice is to wait until a bit closer to the time you want to travel (not at the last minute, obviously, but not yet while you are still in the "may travel in the future" stage). Why? Because a passport is only valid for a certain period of time (many countries only issue them for 5 year periods). In addition, when entering a foreign country (or applying for a visa), they will want to see that your passport is still valid for a certain amount of time AFTER you plan to leave their country (usually 6 months after). No-one wants your passport to be nearly expired when you're in another country.
Also, getting a passport can be expensive (depending on the fees - this will differ by different countries). So for that reason you may prefer to wait until closer to the time to get the maximum use out of it, instead of having it just sitting around.
On the other hand, if you're really pretty certain you will be travelling within the timeframe of the passport's validity if you get it now (e.g. attending a sister's wedding overseas in a year's time) - then get it now. Another reason to get it now is if you think you may have to travel at short notice - whether for business, pleasure or emergency.
thanks Giselle Maine, great answer and very good advice!
thanks to Mr. Happy as well,... i to want to see a world beigger than my back yard.
Since the time I turned 18, I have always had a passport. It's a very handy thing to have as it's very useful as a form of id for a lot of institutions. Plus you need to have it renewed 6 months before you can ever travel outside Ireland.
I got my passport several months before a trip to Australia I was planning. I lived in the US at the time. It cost me just over $100, and I got the paperwork at the post office. They had an office I could go into, to both get the paperwork, and then have them look over it, and take my money, before they sent it on. It was maybe a week or two before it arrived back, with my new passport.
Generally, you need two small passport photos (I bought mine at Walgreens for $7.99), your birth certificate ($13 dollars for a copy at the town administration offices for Deaths, Births, and Marriages), and all the paperwork filled out as correctly as you can manage. (This was for a California state resident, so other states will probably vary.)
Overall, the wait time wasn't bad (though it did take me a while to get the paperwork finished, simply because I had to hunt for my birth cert, and then get a copy of it.)
By all means, though, plan a trip! The paperwork will ask what you need the passport for.
Also: order the full passport booklet, NOT the passport card. The passport card costs the same amount as the booklet, but limits you to only Canada, and a couple of other places, rather than everywhere else. For that price, you want access to wherever you want to go.
I've got two thanks to dual citizenship. If you are thinking of travelling overseas, a passport is a must. Even if you're travelling within the country, a passport is useful as a proof of identity.
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