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How soon can I renew US passport?

Old Oct 14th 2004, 3:34 pm
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Gabe
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Default How soon can I renew US passport?

I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to renew
my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
turnaround time is these days.
Thanks,
Gabe
 
Old Oct 14th 2004, 4:22 pm
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Joe Pessarra
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"Gabe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to
renew
    > my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
    > can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
    > turnaround time is these days.
    > Thanks,
    > Gabe

Renew it now. Go on-line at http://travel.state.gov/passport/index.html and
download the forms you need, fill them out and send them in with the
required 2 photos, your old passport and the fee of $55. Do it before you
forget. Won't take but two to three weeks or so. I did mine in 2003 with
no trouble at all. Date on my check is 10/09/03, and date of issue is
10/30/03.

Joe in Texas
 
Old Oct 14th 2004, 8:33 pm
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Gabe <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to renew
    > my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
    > can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
    > turnaround time is these days.

You can renew it with 9 and a half years left to go, if you really want to.
It takes about a month these days. Some peole get lucky and get it back
within a couple weeks.

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Old Oct 14th 2004, 11:14 pm
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Miguel Cruz <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Gabe <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to renew
    >> my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
    >> can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
    >> turnaround time is these days.

    > You can renew it with 9 and a half years left to go, if you really want to.
    > It takes about a month these days. Some peole get lucky and get it back
    > within a couple weeks.

Thanks, Miguel. My 20 year old daughter has a passport that expires in 2010.
She is beautiful and her passport photo (taken when she was 16) is exceptionally
bad. She wants to renew just to change the picture. ;-)

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Old Oct 14th 2004, 11:44 pm
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Default Re: How soon can I renew US passport?

Originally Posted by Gabe
I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to renew
my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
turnaround time is these days.
Thanks,
Gabe
You'd be well advised to renew it now if you intend to use it for travel, since many countries insist on travellers having at least 6 months' validity (sometimes longer) remaining on their passport at the time of entry to the country, or even at the time of your proposed departure from the country. It's easy to get trapped by this rule and find yourself either denied boarding when you check in for a flight or else in difficulty when you show your passport to the immigration authorities.

There's also the point that if you leave renewal to the last minute and some emergency crops up, you have no leeway at all.
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Old Oct 15th 2004, 3:30 am
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Depending on where you plan to travel, I seem to remember reading in some
website while doing some travel-related surfing, that some countries
actually require passports that are valid for "at least" one year from date
of entry. Due to memory fade, I'm not sure if I remembering this right and
if it's true, what the rationale would be for some countries to require
this. I usually renew 1 year and 1 month before expiration since it takes
about a month to renew, just to be safe. Why wait till the last minute and
how much are you realling saving by doing a "photo finish" renewal?

"Gabe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to
renew
    > my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
    > can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
    > turnaround time is these days.
    > Thanks,
    > Gabe
 
Old Oct 15th 2004, 4:53 am
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On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:30:35 GMT, "punk" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Depending on where you plan to travel, I seem to remember reading in some
    >website while doing some travel-related surfing, that some countries
    >actually require passports that are valid for "at least" one year from date
    >of entry. Due to memory fade, I'm not sure if I remembering this right and
    >if it's true, what the rationale would be for some countries to require
    >this. I usually renew 1 year and 1 month before expiration since it takes
    >about a month to renew, just to be safe. Why wait till the last minute and
    >how much are you realling saving by doing a "photo finish" renewal?

From a different angle, my passport is expiring in 2008, but I only
have 2 full pages left clean in it. Is there a typical requirement
from countries as to how much space should be provided, over and above
what is necessary for a stamp? Most countries (that I don't need a
visa for) seem to be happy to cram stamps almost on top of each other,
but will this fly when there are no blank pages left?

Yeah, I know I am pushing my luck, but I am kinda attached to this
passport, for sentimental reasons - and because my photo in it looks
kinda cool!
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Old Oct 15th 2004, 5:03 am
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Deep Frayed Morgues schrieb:

    > Yeah, I know I am pushing my luck, but I am kinda attached to this
    > passport, for sentimental reasons - and because my photo in it looks
    > kinda cool!

Are you not allowed to keep your old passport (marked as invalid, e.g.
by an edge cut off) after you got a new one?

... Martin, who has kept his old ones for memories.
 
Old Oct 15th 2004, 6:36 am
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Deep Frayed Morgues
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On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 17:03:53 +0000 (UTC), Martin Bienwald
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >Deep Frayed Morgues schrieb:
    >> Yeah, I know I am pushing my luck, but I am kinda attached to this
    >> passport, for sentimental reasons - and because my photo in it looks
    >> kinda cool!
    >Are you not allowed to keep your old passport (marked as invalid, e.g.
    >by an edge cut off) after you got a new one?
    >... Martin, who has kept his old ones for memories.

Yeah, I think so, but I also have a few important, and still valid,
visas in the current one I would need to have replaced at considerable
hastle.
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Old Oct 15th 2004, 6:59 am
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Martin Bienwald <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Deep Frayed Morgues schrieb:

    >> Yeah, I know I am pushing my luck, but I am kinda attached to this
    >> passport, for sentimental reasons - and because my photo in it looks
    >> kinda cool!

    > Are you not allowed to keep your old passport (marked as invalid, e.g.
    > by an edge cut off) after you got a new one?

The old one is returned to you when you renew, with a hole drilled in it.
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Old Oct 15th 2004, 7:28 am
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Hi,

when I last renewed mine by mail they sent the old one back with some
little holes punched in it.

I've got a passport of my father's from the early 50s with a picture of
him, my mother (a french citizen), and my sister (a dual national) all
traveling on the same document.

Martin Bienwald wrote:
    > Deep Frayed Morgues schrieb:
    >
    >
    >>Yeah, I know I am pushing my luck, but I am kinda attached to this
    >>passport, for sentimental reasons - and because my photo in it looks
    >>kinda cool!
    >
    >
    > Are you not allowed to keep your old passport (marked as invalid, e.g.
    > by an edge cut off) after you got a new one?
    >
    > ... Martin, who has kept his old ones for memories.

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Old Oct 16th 2004, 1:43 am
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"Gabe" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > I looked online, but have not been able to get an answer. I'd like to renew
    > my passport, which expires April, 2005--5 months from today. How SOON
    > can/should I renew it? Is one year too soon? I have no idea how long the
    > turnaround time is these days.

As long as you're willing to pay them the fee, you can renew it anytime
you wish.

Stephen Gallagher
 
Old Oct 24th 2004, 5:57 pm
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Henry
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Deep Frayed Morgues <[email protected]>
wrote:

    > ...my passport is expiring in 2008, but I only
    > have 2 full pages left clean in it. Is there a typical requirement
    > from countries as to how much space should be provided, over and above
    > what is necessary for a stamp? Most countries (that I don't need a
    > visa for) seem to be happy to cram stamps almost on top of each other,
    > but will this fly when there are no blank pages left?

Rules change, so you'll want to double-check with an official source but
it always used to be the case that you could go to a US Consulate and
get extra pages added to a valid passport if/when it got full. My
brother-in-law says he did it twice--in 1980 and in 1992.

cheers,

Henry
 

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