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Resale broker is telling me Marriott is requiring a copy of my passport to close

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This is the strangest thing I've ever heard of. Is anyone aware of Marriott now needing copies of passports in order to close on a resale purchase?? I've never had to do that in the past--trust paperwork yes, but never a copy of a passport......

-David
 

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What are they looking to verify? I can't imagine that there is anything they can search by or on that would be necessary for a resale purchase. I'd ask the broker for more details...

Keep us posted...
 

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The broker says this is something new that Marriott is asking. However, since I am already a Marriott owner, if I provide my Marriott owner number they don't need it........

David
 

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probably true

I had to provide mine to Marriott direct-- when I actually bought from Marriott.
 

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sounds strange to me

I just bought direct from Marriott in June and although we gave them everything about us short of a blood sample, they did not ask for passports. The only ID requested was driver's licenses.

Danette :)
 

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When we purchased from Marriott, we did not provide, and they didn't ask us for, our passports. If they did, I would not have provided such information. Passports usually authenticate citizenship and why would they need that information? It sounds like something to question.
 

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We just purchased a property resale. Our broker asked us for a copy of our passports. She stated Marriott is now requiring them for all purchases.
 

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This does seem to be an odd request. What if you don't have a passport? Not everyone does. Your money's no good at Marriott without one?
 

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This does seem to be an odd request. What if you don't have a passport? Not everyone does. Your money's no good at Marriott without one?

Our broker said if you don't have a passport, then they will take a copy of your driver's license and SS#. But if you're already a Marriott owner on record with your owner number, they don't need anything additional.

David
 

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I have a feeling they do this because they are selling to more foreigners now and this way they don't have to ask anyone if you are a USA Citizen or not. Also, there are tax consequences if you buy as a foreigner outside the country as far I know in case you make a profit. ;) They ask the same in Mexico so they make sure you pay your capital gains taxes there and that is 28% so more than in the USA. All Governments want to be paid if you happen to make a profit in their country if you are a Citizen or not.
 

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This does seem to be an odd request. What if you don't have a passport? Not everyone does. Your money's no good at Marriott without one?

That's what I was thinking. I could imagine - maybe - if I (US citizen) were to purchase in Spain...

I can also imagine that they like a passport - it's the best ID and we should really all have one - but I can't imagine why it would be required if you have a US driver's license. I certainly hope those who are asked are off all races - I would hate to find out Marriott was checking certain people...
 

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I believe there are also some new regulations regarding terrorism and drug trafficking...

I am not home at the moment but I think I recall reading something in the recent purchase papers we got when closing on the Harbor Club that had a paragraph about the deal being no good if we are considered terrorists or drug dealers. I am over simplifying the language and I am not recalling the specifics (sorry but we have been traveling all summer ... poor us I know ... :rofl: ) but perhaps they have some behind the scenes checks or regulations to cover themselves.

Beverley
 

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This does seem to be an odd request. What if you don't have a passport? Not everyone does. Your money's no good at Marriott without one?

They want either your passport or Social security number.
 

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Vistana has ask repeatedly through the years for my SS number. I don't give that out and have never responded. They say they need it for mortgage purposes or to report the income if you rent out your unit. Since I have no mortgage and don't rent it, I choose to ignore them.

My guess is they want it to be easier to come after you for maintenance fees if you don't pay.

Sheila
 

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We recently purchased a resale week at Barony Beach Club. I spoke with someone from Owner Modifications and was told that Marriott requires either a driver's license or a passport to transfer ownership. We sent copies of our licenses.

Joyce
 

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When I purchased a resale MMC two years ago Marriott asked me for my SS#. I told Marriott that there is no reason for them to have it but they insisted they needed it to transfer ownership. I told them I will only give it to them personally over the phone to a supervisor who I can verify as being a such and who will first provide me with detailed policy of how they will safeguard my information.

I was told they would call me back when they needed it. Surprisingly they never called back and the ownership was transferred with no problems.
 
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