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MsSoCalCruiser September 13th, 2017 02:36 AM

More Passport Questions....
 
If you have a lot of cruises planned the year your passport expires is it be OK to renew it the year before the expiration date? Also, when you renew your passport do you have to send in the one that you have or do you get to keep and use that one until your new one arrives? Thank you in advance :)

satxdiver September 13th, 2017 02:44 AM

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Originally Posted by MsSoCalCruiser (Post 54045629)
If you have a lot of cruises planned the year your passport expires is it be OK to renew it the year before the expiration date? Also, when you renew your passport do you have to send in the one that you have or do you get to keep and use that one until your new one arrives? Thank you in advance :)

Yes you can renew it early. You do have to send in your current passport which they will cancel in order to issue a new one. It will be returned with a hole punched in it.

Desertdoer September 13th, 2017 02:50 AM

You will receive your new passport and 10 days to two weeks later your old one will come back to you. You just have to figure a time that you can be without any passport for about 3 weeks or so.

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wheezedr September 13th, 2017 02:56 AM

You can always send in your passport early. The down side is that you do not get the full 10 year value when you do that. They will cancel the old passport at the time the new one is issued. You must send in your old one when renewing.

Keith1010 September 13th, 2017 02:56 AM

All you have been told is correct.

When we renew a passport very early I will include a short note explaining why. It's not necessary but we do it just to avoid any questions that might arise as to why we are doing this.

Keith

MsSoCalCruiser September 13th, 2017 03:00 AM

Thank you all for your helpful replies.

MsSoCalCruiser September 13th, 2017 03:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Keith1010 (Post 54045657)
All you have been told is correct.

When we renew a passport very early I will include a short note explaining why. It's not necessary but we do it just to avoid any questions that might arise as to why we are doing this.

Keith

Thank you, Keith for this excellent suggestion.

casofilia September 13th, 2017 05:01 AM

Although I am in New Zealand when I wanted to get an early passport I was called by our Passport Office for the reason why. I would agree with Keith cover yourself by including a reason in writing.

peety3 September 13th, 2017 10:03 AM

You may also have to list your passport expiration date in various travel records; be sure to track them so you know which ones to update.

Assuming that the OP is a Southern California cruiser based on handle (and is still in CA), since California is a border state, you can probably get an "enhanced" driver license, which confirms citizenship and can be used for sea and land voyages, at least into/out of the US (no idea if it is trusted further than that). If you aren't flying internationally, that can be a great way to deal with passport actions and to decouple/desynchronize the expiration dates of two documents so at least one is always valid. I got my EDL (ECDL for me) when I knew I'd have to send my passport in for an India visa, so as soon as I had my ECDL, I sent off the passport for the visa.

cherylandtk September 13th, 2017 12:07 PM

FYI-California does not issue EDL licenses. While Real ID now requires proof of citizenship for many states, it is not the same as EDL.

sterling2 September 28th, 2017 01:09 PM

We mailed our passport renewal forms in on September 16. They received it on the 18th, we got our passports today, 9/28/17. Super fast service but did not request expedited.:)

jennybenny September 28th, 2017 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by MsSoCalCruiser (Post 54045629)
If you have a lot of cruises planned the year your passport expires is it be OK to renew it the year before the expiration date? Also, when you renew your passport do you have to send in the one that you have or do you get to keep and use that one until your new one arrives? Thank you in advance :)

You can always renew early, but you cannot keep your old passport. It may be worthwhile to pay the expedite fee to get your passport sooner and make sure you provide your next travel plans.

If you have a passport card you could renew one of them and travel on the other until the new one arrives and then renew the second one. Either will work for a cruise if it's closed loop.
I just got my first passport card ever and plan on doing that in 10 years. Yes, it's a hassle, but you always get 2 photos when you do passport photos. You only have to submit one, and you can mail in your renewal. Only pain is having to go to the post office twice to send with proof of delivery.

satxdiver September 28th, 2017 08:45 PM

Since the EDL has come up, I looked online at https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-faq-implementation to see which states issue them. This is what DHS said on their web site:

New York, Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington currently issue "enhanced driver's licenses" (EDLs) that are designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security as acceptable to enter the United States at land and sea ports of entry in accordance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

Lucky TGO September 28th, 2017 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Keith1010 (Post 54045657)
When we renew a passport very early I will include a short note explaining why. It's not necessary but we do it just to avoid any questions that might arise as to why we are doing this.

Keith

Thatís a very good idea. Thanks Keith.
Tony

DeepWaterMariner September 28th, 2017 11:30 PM

I just renewed my passport 4 years early because I was afraid I didn't have enough blank pages for a world cruise leaving in January. My old passport has a visa from Brazil that's good for another nine years so the old passport isn't just an artifact, it will go with me on any trip to Brazil during that time period..


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