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Does a passport expire when a minor turns 18?

by Steph

Question: My sister received her passport at age 15. She is now 18 years old. Does she need to apply for a new passport since we are traveling out of the country this summer?

Answer: Passports issued to minors age 15 and younger are valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. Since your sister's passport was issued when she was 15, it should be valid until she is 20. Passports do not expire when a person reaches age 18. Therefore, your sister does not need to obtain a new passport in order to travel out of the country this summer.

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Traveler over 18 with a minor's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 18 but the passport she got as a minor doesn't expire for a year. If she travels on her current minor passport, does she need a notarized letter from me to travel alone or with grandparents?

Answer: No, she does not.

renewal of expired passport issued to minor
by: Anonymous

Question: I have two sons who were issued passports in 2010 when they were 12 & 16 years old. The passports expired June 2015. My sons are now 18 & 22 years old. Are they eligible for renewal or must they apply as first-time applicants?

Answer: Your sons must apply in person for new passports as if for the first time. You can access a complete list of requirements here.

by: Anonymous

Question: My son has a child's passport and he is going on a holiday in the summer and he will be 18. Does he need to get an adult passport as his child's passport does not expires until 2019.

Answer: Your son's passport is valid until the date of expiration. He does not need to apply for a new passport until 2019.

Renew passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 13 and my daugther is now 18. Their passports are expired. Do I need to renew them or fill out new passport applications?

Answer: Your son must apply in person with both parents. If only one parent accompanies him, the applying parent must submit notarized consent from the non-applying parent or evidence of sole legal custody.

For a list of requirements, visit minor passport requirements.

Your daughter must appear in person to apply for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. She does not need to be accompanied by parents.

For a list of requirements, visit new passport for adults.

Minor's signature
by: Anonymous

Question: A minor's passport has a parent signature. The child is now 18 and her passport is not considered as an acceptable signature. How does she get her signature on the passport?

Answer: Just sign underneath it.

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