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How important is having a passport right now...

azith28azith28 Registered User regular

I got a passport 10 years ago because I at the time had a friend in France that I visited, and I had reason to go to Canada, and the whole homeland security was heightened enough that if i wanted to go to canada, i felt i better have one to get back across the border.

Now I no longer have a friend in France so I'm unlikely to need to go trans-continental but the possibility i might want to cross over to canada for a day or two is in the air. Do I currently still need a password to enter/return from Canada if i have a US license?

I want to know if i should bother to renew it. 110 bucks for a stamp on my current passport seems a likely waste of money.

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  • AiouaAioua Ora Occidens Ora OptimaRegistered User regular
    azith28 wrote: »
    I got a passport 10 years ago because I at the time had a friend in France that I visited, and I had reason to go to Canada, and the whole homeland security was heightened enough that if i wanted to go to canada, i felt i better have one to get back across the border.

    Now I no longer have a friend in France so I'm unlikely to need to go trans-continental but the possibility i might want to cross over to canada for a day or two is in the air. Do I currently still need a password to enter/return from Canada if i have a US license?

    I want to know if i should bother to renew it. 110 bucks for a stamp on my current passport seems a likely waste of money.

    Yes, you need a passport now to get in/out of cananda.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2015
    Will you be flying or driving to Canada?

    If only driving, you can get the passport card.
    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/card/Difference-Between-Passport-Book-and-Card.html

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    It's useful because they're really hard to get renewed fast and it's a great 2nd form of ID if your wallet gets jacked.

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  • AuralynxAuralynx Darkness is a perspective Watching the ego workRegistered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    It's useful because they're really hard to get renewed fast and it's a great 2nd form of ID if your wallet gets jacked.

    It's an enormous help in a lot of job / government-related paperwork, too, in my experience.

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    It's helpful just to keep it renewed than it is to scramble to renew it when you actually need it. I let mine lapse and then when I wanted it renewed that of course took forever. Better just to have it, and as a bonus it gives you an extra set of ID when you need it.

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic Registered User regular
    azith28 wrote: »
    I got a passport 10 years ago because I at the time had a friend in France that I visited, and I had reason to go to Canada, and the whole homeland security was heightened enough that if i wanted to go to canada, i felt i better have one to get back across the border.

    Now I no longer have a friend in France so I'm unlikely to need to go trans-continental but the possibility i might want to cross over to canada for a day or two is in the air. Do I currently still need a password to enter/return from Canada if i have a US license?

    I want to know if i should bother to renew it. 110 bucks for a stamp on my current passport seems a likely waste of money.

    Depending on your state an Enhanced License is also an option. In NY it runs another 30 or so and lets you travel into Canada and Mexico via land/sea.

    Though as others have said, passports are generally useful and it's like 11 bucks per a year and they are not real easy to get quickly.

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