I would suggest checking the Government of Canada website to check and see how much time you need left on your passport to come up here. The problem is not that the US won't let you back home with an almost-expired passport, it is that the country you are traveling to wants to make sure you are going to have valid travel documents to cover all your time here. (iirc)
Thanks Skate Talker! The Gov't of Canada website was helpful. Looks like it won't be an issue - if I just get a state ID I don't even need a passport at all.
Just FYI, a lot of libraries do passports now. Ours does and we are more friendly than the post office
And don't wear a white shirt for the picture. My mom just renewed her passport and had her picture taken at CVS. She had on a white shirt in front of a white background. With her pale skin and white hair, all you could see were two eyeballs looking out at you!
Since it is good for 10 years, I think of the cost based on how much per year. $15 a year isn't much to have proof I'm a citizen, imo.
Only ice is cooler than Daisuke. ~ IceAlisa after the 2012 WTT men's event.
http://travel.state.gov/pdf/Photo%20...2010-01-04.pdf7 Steps to Successful Photos
- Frame subject with full face, front view, eyes open
- Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 13⁄8 inch (25 mm to 35 mm)
- Center head within frame (see Figure 2 below)
- Make sure eye level is between 11⁄8 inch and 13⁄8 inch (28 mm and 35 mm) from bottom of photo
- Photograph subject against a plain white or off-white background
- Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
- Encourage subject to have a natural expression
10,000 a week have passport applications rejected over new photo rule
By LIN JENKINS, Mail on Sunday
Last updated at 12:36 11 June 2006
I just got mine renewed in Oz and you are not allowed to show teeth. They are very strict on the photo over here, my first one was a hair too short (too much gap above my head) so they wouldn't accept it. We also pay over $200 for renewal here.
If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.
The bonus of taking your own picture is that you can try to find the most flattering lighting for your pic and take as many pictures as you like until you're satisfied. Ok, that's kind of shallow, but a passport is good for several years and I wouldn't want to see a hideous picture of myself on it .
When returning to the United States from Canada, it is very important to note that all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport to enter or re-enter the United States via air. For entry into the United States via land and sea borders, U.S. citizens must present either a U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers License or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document. The only exception to this requirement is for U.S. citizens under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group) who need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate.
yes, that's why I said I was bringing my still-valid passport too.
I just find it aggravating that there are any restrictions on using a passport that hasn't expired. What's the point of an expiry date if it really means "6 or more months before this date"? I guess some people travel on a short time passport as a way to get stuck in their destination country? But what's to stop a determined person from doing that anyway and just leaving earlier?
I have traveled on a passport that had less than 6 months until expiration and I didn't have any trouble, as far as I remember. But when it comes down to a few months you really should get it renewed anyway since it may take a while for the new one to make it to you. I remember renewing mine actually about 6 months before I was planning a trip out of the country, since it was actually due to expire right around that time, and there was a place to indicate if you had an upcoming trip, I guess so they would try harder to get your passport to you on time. I remember it came back in about a month, so that was pretty amazing.
I must confess that every time I've renewed it's been a nightmare
I use my passport as my primary ID so I'm wary of sending it away in the mail - but I can do it if I get a state ID (which is what I did last time....and then I let it lapse ).