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Re: Passports

Let's put it this way.
You are off on your voyage and come into a port, let's say Palm Beach. While you are having that well deserved beer celebrating another successful day on the water, the guy sitting next to you strikes up a conversation with you.
A couple of beers later he turns to you and says, "Hey, I'm leaving for the Bahamas tomorrow and could sure use some help. How about $500.00 and a return air ticket?"
Your reply, "Gee, I'd really like to help you, but I don't have a passport."
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Thanks guys.

I think Sea has it covered well, thanks Sea
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Re: Passports

Passport card has limited value. The DoS web site will tell you what it is supposed to be good for.
Last time I renewed my passport, I said wtf? and got the card as well, since everyone is ID-crazy these days. And a funny thing happened. I used it as "Can I see your ID please?" at a major airport, and after he said "Thank you, proceed" the nice TSA man said "Oh by the way, what kind of card was that? I've never seen one before."

They'd been out a good five years or longer at that point, fwiw.

They also confuse the hell out of domestic bureaucrats, bankers, and storekeepers, because there's no ADDRESS on them.

Still, if my passport was stolen, it would give me a fairly convincing ID to bring to the local embassy when I applied for some aid.
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If you're going to be crossing the U.S. Canada border with any frequency, a Nexus card really smooths the way. Only hitch, everyone on board needs one.

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US citizen with Tourist passport, passport card, and global entry card. Still have my old expired red and black passports.

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Re: Passports

Why not just get it and have it on hand. If you use an airport better than a drivers license. And who knows some day when you hit Florida you may get the crazy urge to go to the Bahamas - so you just go. And it is better id than a drivers license. No big hassle in getting it. One of those things if you have and never use - oh well -- but if you need and don't have could not good.

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Sharkbait, there was talk of them starting to look at passports coming into mexico via walking but as of July 2015 I had not run into it personally (that's when I moved back to the states). The card gets you into the Ready Lanes (walking or driving) coming back from Mexico which at times can be a little faster.

I'm a person that lives with only minimal touches with the grid and I like to move every few years. When I went to get my passport I had to jump through some hoops to prove my identity because I was not at my place of residence long enough to get a new state id or file taxes an I ran my important accounts through a mail forwarding service so I didn't have to change addresses all the time. It wasn't the end of the world but was a few weeks delay as I sent in more paperwork. So get your passport before you start nomading it as the .gov system doesn't like people outside of their cubicle houses and their cubicle jobs.


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Re: Passports

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If you live close to a border its a good investment
Or even if you don't. I did more international travel when I lived in Denver than I have in the last few years living in Florida. In this day and age, EVERYONE should have a passport.
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