passport question

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  1. GHLord

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    Would like to know recommendation regarding obtaining passport for son. Should he get both the passport book and the passport card?
     
  2. kpmom2011

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    I don't know what a passport card is. Are you talking about the TWIC card? That has nothing to do with passport. You have to have a valid passport AND a TWIC card. see other thread for info about TWIC card.
     
  3. GHLord

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    not TWIC

    "The passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings or sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and more convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea." It is not used for air travel.

    I know the passport book is required, but when I went to the TravelState.Gov website, I saw options for both. I will probably go ahead and get both anyway.....
     
  4. jamzmom

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    No need for the Passport card. Won't be any good as the Mids travel to great extent during sea year. Get the full passport. They will also need the TWIC card. Paperwork on getting the TWIC card will follow the appointment in an instruction package.

    kpmom2011, have you seen the logging in instructions up online yet?
     
  5. jamzmom

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    If you're going for the full passport, there's no need for the passport card - it won't do anything extra that the passport doesn't already do.
     
  7. jamzmom

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    Yup. I'd keep the extra $45 bucks in your pocket. More cookies to send your Plebe! :biggrin: The full passport is required due to the Mids needing to fly around from other countries. The approx. number of countries will vary but most will go to around 14 to 20 countries & some will fly back to the states from sea year from these countries. Mine and three of his KP pals did during the second part of their sea year. Please note the big difference between the passport card & a full passport:

    Now keeping your Mid from loosing the thing is a horse of a different color. Example: Lost then found in a coat pocket three months later, lost in a post office in Scotland & missed a train to go back & retrieve it, lost on a ship but popped up in a super secret zippy compartment in a back pack...... I could go on....... Why don't they just micro chip them like they did my doggies? :rolleyes:
     
  8. KPMum2012

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    Oh my! I thought my daughter was the only one who did that sort of thing. A couple of summers ago she worked at a Girl Scout camp in Germany and had her passport there with her. She was afraid of losing it, so she put it in a "safe" place. So the night before we were flying back to the States (with a visit to KP on the agenda) she couldn't find the passport! I had finally stopped teasing her about that when on her last visit home at Thanksgiving she repeated the process. After a 15 minute panic as she was ready to go out the door to the airport, the passport turned out to be safely tucked in the breast pocket of her coat. :redface:
     
  9. kpmom2011

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    Logging in has not been posted yet for 2013. I'm sure it will be very soon :)

    Well the passport card is something new to me. Guess I never paid attention because our family has always just used our passports.

    I'll try to find out when the new logging in will be published.
     
  10. Mindy G

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    I like the idea of the microchip, who wants to follow up on that?? What happens if they do lose the passport??
     
  11. jamzmom

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    Mindy, I'll leave you guys to follow up on the micro chip thing as I only have 78 days left to graduation. :biggrin: If they loose their passports, its a whole bunch of trouble & nasty paperwork:
    http://travel.state.gov/passport/lost/lost_849.html

    Not cool. I suggest if they loose them, beat them with a bull whip. They may be adults & such but we can still take them down. :thumb:
     
  12. Just_A_Mom

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    Make a photocopy of the passport and/or scan it into your computer. That way you will know the passport numbers and get help.

    (then beat them!)
     
  13. J Collins

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    excellant advice.... but make a COLOR copy of it...
     
  14. kpmom2011

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    Another suggestion, when you get your passport photos taken, make sure you have extras. It makes life easier if from some reason your child does lose their passport, and also when visa's need to be issued (China for example), passport photos are used.
     

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