My passport went through the washer and dryer (by accident) It eventually became unusable even though it still had over two years before expiry. It was not that easy to get a replacement, much harder than starting from scratch!. I now keep it very safe and would not consider taking it off the ship unless there was no other option. We can get government issued photo ID in British Columbia no problem at all. It is very common where we live as it is a retirement community, and a good number of seniors do not drive any more.