Passporting since 1979…

Posted by cybertoad on 07/06/2016 in travel |

I have had a passport ever since I can remember and was surprised to find out when I was in a study abroad prep class in college that most of my classmates had never had one. I assumed everyone had one, even if they didn’t travel!

I still have almost all of my past passports:

  • 1979-1984: I was 5 years old!
  • 1984-1989
  • 1989-1995: Sadly, I am missing this one!
  • 1994-2004: I’m finally over 18 so the renewal period changed from 5 to 10 years – also, read more to find out why it was green…
  • 2004-2014
  • And my current one that is good till 2024.

Regarding the green covered passport, I recently saw an article about passport covers colors and it reminded me that I was fortunate in my passport renewal timing a few years ago and had a special commemorative edition passport…


According to Wikipedia, the “Green covers were again issued from April 1993, until March 1994, and included a special one-page tribute to Benjamin Franklin in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the United States Consular Service.”


BONUS PHOTO: My four older passport photos (I hate my current one so I did not include it) – me at 5, 10, 20 and 30!


Pretty neat, I thought!

So do YOU have a passport and if so, when did you first get one?





  • MishMish says:

    I’ve had one since I was two…actually and American one & an Egyptian one since I have dual citizenship, but sadly I’ve let it expire. I need to get it renewed and I need to get passports for the kids. I wanted to do that before I came back to work, but never did.

  • cybertoad says:

    Yes, get them for the kids! It also helps to serve as an all-in-one ID (both for identity and for proof of citizenship).

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