Like your driver’s license, your Passport is a government-issued ID and should be treated as if it is the most precious document you have. You paid more than $100 to acquire it and it is your ticket to freedom for 10 years, so why not take care of it?
I know people who treat their $200 Nike’s better than their passports.
If your Passport is slightly bent from normal wear and tear, then that is no problem according to the US Passport Office.
HOWEVER, if the pages in your Passport are frayed, hole-punched, wrinkled, crinkled, torn, or torn-out…
Are there water or coffee stains, are the stamps smudged or smeared?
Is the cover so worn that it looks like it belongs in a used bookstore?
Do the Passport pages with your photo and Identifier codes have marks, scratches, or blotches to where they can’t be scanned properly?
You had better get a new passport, ASAP.
Or you could be denied boarding aircraft, cruise ships, or a border crossing.
If any ticketing agent or check-in/gate agent (both foreign or domestic) at an airport, cruise port, or immigration kiosk thinks that your passport looks tampered with, you will be stopped in your tracks.
Your friends and family might have to choose between staying home with you or going on their merry way without you.
Don’t be THAT person…