Monday, September 15, 2014

10 Reasons to Have a Passport

I've had a passport since I was a teenager and am always surprised at how many people don't have one.  Here's ten reasons why you should have one:

  1. It is definitive identification.  A license shows you exist and that you can drive a car but a passport shows your citizenship.
  2. You never know when you will need to bug out to another country.
  3. It is a good type of ID to use when you don't want to show your address (good for privacy).
  4. They last for ten years and are easily renewed.
  5. More than half of Americans don't have a passport.  In this case it is good to be in the minority.
  6. It's better than a passport card (which allows you to travel by land or sea to neighboring countries but not air which means if you drive to Mexico but need to be medivac-ed out you will be out of luck).
  7. If you are applying for a job that requires international travel you will be all set (instead of the hassle and fees of getting an expedited passport).
  8. Passport fees keep going up so get one now and save money.
  9. It is one way to prove citizenship for children who fall under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (INA 320/322).
  10. World travel should be required of everyone just for the education you receive when doing so. 

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