5 Reasons to Consider Keeping Your Old, Expired Passport

American passport

A passport is a type of identification and one of the many requirements needed when you travel from one country to another. Unlike other IDs, it has an expiration. Once a passport expires, the most logical thing an owner does is to throw it out. However, an expired valid passport still has many uses. This article will tell you how keeping your old old passport can be helpful.

It is still a valid identification for some countries

Let us say you travel to another country, like the US, and lose your valid passport. The US will accept your expired passport as a valid form of identification. Your old passport can still prove your identity and legal status. A birth certificate can serve a similar function, but it does not have a photo, so a passport is always better.

Keep your expired passport with you for emergency purposes like this.

Presenting them to passport agencies will make the renewal process faster and easier

When applying for a new passport, you need to present several requirements. Showing the passport agency your expired passport will make background checking easier for them. They no longer need to go through all your documents because every information they need is already in your old passport. 

Some countries are more strict when it comes to validating a person’s legal status. Having an expired passport as one of your documents will also make verification easier for them. 

You can use it when renewing your driver’s license

If you need a proof of identification when renewing your driver’s license, an old passport can still prove your identity. It contains all the valid information you need to show. Since your driver’s license is already expired, you can use your expired passport as legitimate identification.

Easy visa application

Some countries require a visa before you get to enter their territory. It serves as your official permission to enter their country, and it contains the purpose of your travel and how long you will be staying. When you are applying for one, you still need to present your passport. 

In general, visas are stamped inside your passport book. If you are revisiting the same country and re-applying for a visa, having your old passport with you containing your expired visa information will be helpful.   

Serves as a remembrance

All the places you have been are inside your expired passport. It is a priceless remembrance of the countries you have travelled to. A simple flip on your passport can take you back to those memories you treasure and the places you have seen. 

If you are the type of person who is sentimental, a passport is a keepsake you can cherish. Besides all the beautiful memories, it can give you a sense of accomplishment and joy.    


When your passport expires, think twice before throwing it out. You might still find it helpful soon. If you are considering letting it go, make sure that you dispose of it properly. Shredding it is a good option. That way, anyone else who gets hold of your passport will not be able to use it for any purpose.

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