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Why Not Discard an Expired Passport
Why Not Discard an Expired Passport By Morgan Cutolo LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/SHUTTERSTOCK It might seem that an expired passport doesn’t have any real use once you get a new one, but it actually does. Here’s why you should never just throw them in the trash. After you’ve had your passport for a certain number of years, the U.S. Government requires you to renew it. But expired passports shouldn’t be treated the same as expired coupons or food and just thrown in the trash. Expired passports can actually come in handy, even after you’ve already ordered a new one. “Overall, I think people assume it’s a good idea to shred or destroy your old passport, similar to the way you cut up your old credit card when you get a new one,” says Justin Lavelle, Chief Communications Officer for, a top background checking source. “Not the case for passports! Hold on to your canceled passport and store it in a safe place. It should be kept i [...]