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Don't Wash Your Passport

February 1, 2010 11:58:02.250

Well, this makes the next few weeks exciting. I was setting up my trip to London and Paris (for our next round of conferences), and I couldn't find my passport - it wasn't in the place I normally leave it. Finally, I opened the dryer, and sure enough: there it was.

Damaged beyond use, so I investigated the process. I couldn't find my birth certificate (with a damaged passport, you need proof of citizenship along with the damaged passport) - but fortunately, my mom still has a copy (and for safety, I ordered a new one from the state I was born in).

After that, I just need to run down to the local post office, pay a rather large fee, and wait. I'll have to expedite it, but that's just the way it goes...

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Don't Wash Your Passport

[cees de groot] February 1, 2010 12:03:58.408

Make that "don't wash your US passport" - my passport, Dutch, held up pretty well in the laundry :)

Re: Don't Wash Your Passport

[James Robertson] February 1, 2010 12:08:46.548

Heh. Well, I suspect the new US passports with RFID chips in them, will do even less well :)

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