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I will need to renew my passport after out cruise in May as it won't be valid for our cruises in October and November. I have both the passport book and the passport card. I know I will have to mail my passport in to get it renewed. My question is: If I'm only renewing the passport book do I need to send in both the book and the card or just the book? If I do send in both but only want to renew the book will I cause confusion or some issue if I send in both? This is the first time I've ever renewed my passport so I'm unclear on this particular aspect.

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8 hours ago, Thrak said:

I will need to renew my passport after out cruise in May as it won't be valid for our cruises in October and November. I have both the passport book and the passport card. I know I will have to mail my passport in to get it renewed. My question is: If I'm only renewing the passport book do I need to send in both the book and the card or just the book? If I do send in both but only want to renew the book will I cause confusion or some issue if I send in both? This is the first time I've ever renewed my passport so I'm unclear on this particular aspect.

I would think that you only send the document that you are renewing so it would only be the passport book if you aren't renewing the card. It might be worth a call to the State Department to verify that though.

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We are going on a Princess Cruise with the only foreign port being Victoria, B.C., Canada.  I thought the ocean medallion and/or cruise card would be sufficient to leave and reboard the ship.  If I need to also show another I.D., I do not drive and only have a state I.D. that is out of date (ironically accepted by State Department to get my passport card), will I need to update the state I.D. to show with the passport card and cruise card/medallion in Victoria, Canada?  It had been my understanding that you could put your passports in the safe and your cruise card/medallion would be sufficient.

 

Thanks.

 

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7 hours ago, Lindaru said:

We are going on a Princess Cruise with the only foreign port being Victoria, B.C., Canada.  I thought the ocean medallion and/or cruise card would be sufficient to leave and reboard the ship.  If I need to also show another I.D., I do not drive and only have a state I.D. that is out of date (ironically accepted by State Department to get my passport card), will I need to update the state I.D. to show with the passport card and cruise card/medallion in Victoria, Canada?  It had been my understanding that you could put your passports in the safe and your cruise card/medallion would be sufficient.

 

Thanks.

 

Typically you need a photo ID to re-enter the port area in most ports and that can be you passport, a passport card, a drivers license or state issued ID or any other government issued photo ID. It has been my experience that the port security people don't look that closely at what is presented and it's entirely possible that they wouldn't notice that your ID was expired, but then again they very well might. If you don't want to use your passport then it might be best to have the state ID renewed.

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