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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:25 PM
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Good Idea- Scan and Email passport

I read in the latest issue of Travel and Leisure this great idea. Scan and email your passport, birth certificate, and driver's license to a secure address. Then if you lose your passport, you can access the information by computer. I think this is great. My son lost his ID in Mexico (before he had a passport) and honest to God, I didn't think we would ever get him home. However, I'm not sure my hotmail email address is considered a secure address.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:29 PM
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I wouldn't trust free services like hotmail or yahoo, as they've been breached in the past. But it is a good idea! Even better, I've got a website (secure) that I pay for. I can log on remotely to the files section. If I upload the PDFs to my passport and ID beforehand, I can get it anywhere I have internet access, and not worry about email security
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:32 PM
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agree with GreenDragon.
I have all that copied; in my safe deposit box, in my safe at home, and always leave it with one copy with family member who is not traveling when we are - also including our travel plans, airline info, all in an emergency packet - and all is kept with the second emergency packet in case of.....which has all our credit card info, etc in case of loss.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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You can also leave a copy with a trusted person, and have it faxed to you (or scanned and e-mailed).
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:38 PM
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My parents have current copies of our passports, I leave copies on my dining room table, and hide copies in my luggage whenever we travel out of the country.

That way if our passports get lost or stolen, I have copies as do my parents and cat sitter.
 
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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This might sound stupid but how far would you get on a photocopied passport?
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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Yes, I already do the copying of all documents, leaving with family, taking an extra copy, etc. I thought the scanning and emailing would be less hassle free and no need to bother others. GreenDragon, would you give me the name of your secure site? Thanks.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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My site is my own website, where I can upload files (like pictures and webpages). Since I'm the administrator, I can use it as file storage if I want

And a photocopy of your passport greatly increases the ease of getting a replacement at your local embassy.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 02:21 PM
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You can not get anywhere on a faxed or copied passport - the idea is when you are in a panic having lost cards, documents, etc you at least have the numbers.

Another similar suggestion is to once a year empty your wallet onto the screen on a copy machine and copy both sides of everything important - keep this page somewhere safe so if your wallet is stolen or lost you have all the credit card numbers and contact phone numbers in one easy place.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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You're afraid of a webmail server being "insecure" and then hand your passport to a minion working the front desk at your hotel?

I don't get the logic.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 08:45 PM
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I took our passports to a copy center and had the info page copied and reduced to wallet size, then had them lamanated. Granted it won't work as a legal document but it will help at the embassy if you do happen to lose it. All the info is right there in an easy to carry form.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 09:28 PM
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JAGM- get your own secure website. Just pick one that is not being used. They cost I think around 35 bucks a year. Green Dragon, can you confirm?

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Feb 28th, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Yup, that's about what mine costs, with bellsouth.
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Feb 28th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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irecommend, with photocopies of your passports it is much easier and faster for the US Embassy in another country to expedite new ones.

Especially if all of your ID is stolen.
 
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Sep 30th, 2008, 08:54 AM
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JAGM:

When I first read about having passport data on some place on the web, e-mail account or what ever, I thought it to be a good idea. In the past, I always took a photocopy of our passports AND would stop in at a consulate office if I could to let them make their own copy and to let them know I was in the country.

Then I discussed the web idea with a very knowledgeable friend and he suggested something even smarter.

Scan the desired data and copy that data to a memory chip.

Carry the chip and you have the data if and when you need it.

That way it is not on any site that can be infiltrated.

I will be trying that for our next winter trip, January 2009. In fact, I carry quite a few chips and will put it on several. I do not think it will take a lot of space and I know that my information will not be circulated or available to anyone unless the chip is stolen or I give it out.

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Sep 30th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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I do that. I have an encrypted thumb drive and I have a copy of all my important documents in that.

I also list the numbers of credit cards, etc. in my mini address book. On a different page, I list the expirations as "important future dates". I list them in the same order as the credit card numbers, but put things like "Jay's 30th birthday", "10th anniversary", etc.

Then I have the 800 numbers listed as regular phone entries (I put the numbers in alpha order by the company name so it's easy to match).

This way, I have all the info I need to replace my card, without having it all on one page.
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