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Passport Card As ID Abroad/Having 52 Page Passport  
User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6920 times:

I'm about to receive my new passport and since I do get out a bit and I am still split between a career in the Diplomatic/Aviation feild I decided to pick the 52 page passport rather than the standard 24 which is much more common. I want to know if anyone here carries one, I was never able to find a picture of one however there was a lengthy discussion on a forum about extra visa pages and the 52 pager was brought up numerous times and it is said to be considerably thicker.

Has anyone be it an immigration/customs officer or a check in agent ever noticed or made any comments on it? I certainly dont expect any problems with it at all.

On the Second subject I also ordered a Passport Card not so much because I plan on crossing the Mexico and Canada border all the time but more because I always wanted a proper National Identity Card that still does not exist in the US as proof of my US citizenship, for example Flying into EZE then leaving Passport Book at the Hotel/Relatives house and carrying the passport card as proper ID, up to now I would just carry my drivers license however when I tried to exchange some USD they would not accept the Florida License, now I hope I dont have that problem anymore.

I know the Passport Card is a relatively new document here in the US as it was introduced in 2008 and many people are not even aware of its existence however for those of you that have it, have you ever carried it abroad as a form of ID, I read on another forum someone went to Madrid and then only carried his passport card and used it to rent a car and check in hotels in Spain and France.

Thankyou very much for any and all help  

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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6907 times:

Quoting Aeroflot001 (Thread starter):
Has anyone be it an immigration/customs officer or a check in agent ever noticed or made any comments on it? I certainly dont expect any problems with it at all.

I have the normal passport, my father who travels (traveled) more than anyone I've ever met had plenty of extra pages added into his passport. When I travel with him I notice customs going through his stamps, and asking why he was in a certain country. Beyond that nothing else that I'd consider abnormal.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24326 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

I've always gone with a standard passport and simply added pages later when the need arose.

For the passport card, I do have one, however frankly never had the need to show it. I also hold several other citizenships, so I tend to use ID's based on whichever works best for the nation I happen to be in at the time.



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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

American passports are very similar to Canadian passports. For many years I have had the regular passport but had to get a new one approximately every 2.5 years because I filled it up before it's 5 year expiry. Now I have the large passport with 48 or 52 pages - whichever it is - and it is just slightly thicker - I find it really no different than carrying the original size. I have never had any issues with it at all. I think you'll enjoy it!

As mentioned above, I've had my passport stamps looked at a couple of times - but only when crossing into the USA. I've had American border guys ask me why I've been to Cuba when they see my stamps. I simply say it's because Cuba is an amazing country with beautiful beaches and great people. Once I got asked why I've been to South Africa so many times. I said pretty much the same - great country, great people. The US Border guy sort of said "humph" then sent me on my way LOL.

Really no issues - enjoy the extra pages!



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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6700 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 3):
As mentioned above, I've had my passport stamps looked at a couple of times - but only when crossing into the USA. I've had American border guys ask me why I've been to Cuba when they see my stamps. I simply say it's because Cuba is an amazing country with beautiful beaches and great people. Once I got asked why I've been to South Africa so many times. I said pretty much the same - great country, great people. The US Border guy sort of said "humph" then sent me on my way LOL.

Pretty interesting for you to answer that way, one of the less compassionate agents might have seen you as a smartass and subjected you to an interrogation lol but still a great response. I certainly am happy to have the 52 page passport that with luck should be arriving tomorrow and I hope never have to go through the process of adding extra pages after I realized that they were taped in and not properly binded. Not to mention the fact that its not free anymore, $85 I believe.


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6620 times:

Quoting Aeroflot001 (Reply 4):
Pretty interesting for you to answer that way, one of the less compassionate agents might have seen you as a smartass and subjected you to an interrogation lol but still a great response. I certainly am happy to have the 52 page passport that with luck should be arriving tomorrow and I hope never have to go through the process of adding extra pages after I realized that they were taped in and not properly binded. Not to mention the fact that its not free anymore, $85 I believe.

Oh - perhaps my reply came across that way, but my response to the customs agent was definitely not like a smart ass. I am an honest person and we are to answer the questions asked of us by customs agents. I answered truthfully. And my reply was in a very nice way. I definitely was not seen as a smart ass. If I had lied and said I visited these places for any other reason then I would have been breaking the law.

I'm happy with my extra pages - definitely was worth getting - and as I mentioned I find the extra bulk negligible. When I travel to/from the USA I do not have to show my passport anymore as I have NEXUS which allows me to pass through customs via a kiosk. I also am just waiting for my EU passport to arrive. So with the NEXUS and 2 passports I should be good with the total pages.

Looks like you're ready for a great holiday!



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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6594 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 5):
Oh - perhaps my reply came across that way, but my response to the customs agent was definitely not like a smart ass. I am an honest person and we are to answer the questions asked of us by customs agents. I answered truthfully. And my reply was in a very nice way. I definitely was not seen as a smart ass. If I had lied and said I visited these places for any other reason then I would have been breaking the law.

Oh Im absolutely sure you had no intention of it being in a smartass way and if i was the immigration officer I would have taken it in a perfectly acceptable way, I guess most people are used to just flat out saying tourism and being done with it.

Well i certainly hope to really use this passport as it will be my first 10 year passport, it is issued upon reaching 16 years of age and Im 17. Anyhow thankyou for your input  


User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5967 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6536 times:
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I have an enhanced drivers license from Michigan and that can be used like a passport between US, Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries. However last month I was crossing from Rheinfelden, Germany to Rheinfelden, Switzerland and it worked.

I had been going back and forth for several days in a car with local plates and the customs agents just waved us through so I figure I don't need to carry the passport. Well, I drive through with my friend from Halle, Germany and they stop us because of out of area plates. I didn't have my passport, but the customs agent looked over my Michigan Enhanced drivers license and handed it back to me and we went on our way.



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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 6508 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 7):
However last month I was crossing from Rheinfelden, Germany to Rheinfelden, Switzerland and it worked.

I believe that Switzerland is already in the Schengen, which would ideally mean that you are not stopped for inspection on borders. However, the right to stop you for identification holds. I guess your license was regarded a proper picture ID for this purpose.



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User currently offlinejcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

I've always found that people who ask this question on a.net are looking for attention more than anything else.


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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6462 times:

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 9):

I've always found that people who ask this question on a.net are looking for attention more than anything else.

I'm sorry you feel that way but I can assure you I am asking this as a legitimate question, I dont like spamming forums.


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