Renewing your passport is a hassle. You’ve got to get your picture re-done, fill out paperwork, and wait in that massive line at the passport office. Surely, it is easier to just skip the process altogether. Even though this may be easier in the moment, it’s certainly not smart. If you love to travel, you need a valid passport. Otherwise, you won’t be getting very far! There are a number of reasons why you should renew your passport before it expires. If you’re debating, here are a few reasons not to wait:
Yes, it may be a pain to renew your passport. There are certain things you will need to do, like submit a recent photo and fill out some paperwork. However, re-applying is typically a much more complicated process. You won’t just be filling out paperwork, you will also need to find a number of personal references who have known you for a set number of years. While putting off your passport renewal may seem easier in the moment, it can actually be far more time consuming in the future. So, make your life a little easier in the long run by opting for renewal instead of starting from scratch. Chances are, you’ll be happy with the decision you’ve made!
Waiting for Your Passport Can Be Stressful
There are some people who only get their passport after they make plans to travel. Trust me, I know enough people like that! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen them stressing out about their passport arriving in time for their vacation. Instead of putting yourself through the stress, have your passport ready. That way, you won’t have to think about booking a new flight or missing out on your trip. Be smart and ready for anything by renewing your passport before you make travel plans.
You Never Know When You Might Use It
Haven’t you ever wanted to do something spontaneous? You know, like look online for a last-minute deal and head somewhere hot? Or even just take a drive to Buffalo, New York for a weekend shopping trip? Without a valid passport, you won’t be able to do that. You need a passport to cross any border. If you’ve let your passport expire, there is no way you’ll be able to get the paperwork done or get your new passport in time. Unfortunately, you may be missing out on those spontaneous opportunities.
It Won’t Be a Valid Form of ID
Not everyone can drive. So, some people end up using their passport as a form of ID. If you are asked for more than one form of government issued ID, a passport can also come in handy. However, if your passport has expired (or if it is close to expiring) it may not be accepted as a form of ID. Your picture may be on there, and yes, they will know that it’s you…but that doesn’t mean that it will count as a piece of ID.
Instead of doing what is easy now, think about what will be better in the future. Having a valid passport gives you the opportunity to travel whenever and wherever you want. Be sure to always keep an eye on your expiration date and get it renewed before it’s too late.