Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

First World Problem caused by staying home

I managed to apply for a passport even though I already have one.

Last time I needed a passport for travel was in 2005. I kept my old passports in my travel section, and one I got in 2009 in the logical place where I could find it if I needed to apply for a job or decided to go someplace. When looking through my stuff a few months ago, I found the one that expired, utterly forgot that I had a new passport, and reapplied.

The application requires you send in your old passport, with some money and a new picture. Since I hadn't sent in the one that's current, I got the previous passport back today, with the forms for reapplication if I lost the current one. But I hadn't. I just forgot.

Having been told I did have a current passport, I looked around until I found it. I wish I had looked there a few months ago, but that ship has sailed even though I could have been on it with a valid passport.

I called them. Apparently, this is not an uncommon occurrence. "I get one of these calls, not every day, but most days" said the guy on the phone. Well, gee.

So my two main options are:

a) Do nothing. My passport is good. Disadvantage: I will have lost the application fee, which I can reluctantly shrug off as Stupidity Tax.

b) Send in my current passport. I don't even have to reapply or send in more money, just include the letter they sent. Advantage: I'll have a passport good for a few more years than it otherwise would have been.

Has this ever happened to anyone reading this? If so, what did you do? I'm leaning towards b), but we'll see.

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