My husband and I were aware our passports were due to expire during the first quarter of this year. We each went and had new photos taken a few weeks ago in preparation of applying for our new ones. My husband took care of the applications and sent them in.
It didn't take long. Before we knew it, the new passports arrived in the mail. When I opened my envelope to see my new passport I found a document inside which I proceeded to read. One of the things this document made me aware of, was the fact we had to send in our old passports with the application to receive the new passports. I immediately asked my husband if he indeed sent out passports in, to which he replied, yes, he had to.
Well, I about lost my cool! I had no idea they needed to be sent in! After all it had been 10 years and I believe my husband sent away for our last updates also. I explained to him that had I known, I would have scanned the passports before he sent them off. Poor guy, he knew I was upset, and had no clue it would have even bothered me when he sent them in. Of course, I wanted copies of those stamps of everywhere we had traveled. Well, what was done was done. I would have to learn to live with it.
Fast forward to the following day, late morning. My husband informed me that he called, Philadelphia (!) to find out if the passports could be sent back to us. As a matter of fact, they informed him, they were actually mailed back to us the previous day! Well, he had no idea they would be sent back to us, and yes, it made my day! We haven't received them yet, unless my husband retrieved the mail and they happened to be there and he forgot to tell me. But, I highly doubt that because he knew how important it was to me to have them back.
So, my tip for the day? If you need to apply for a new passport and are asked to mail your passport in with the application, why not scan the passport first? My thoughts now are, what if something happens in the mail and they never find their way back home? Better to be safe than sorry!
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