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Does he need a complete new passport?

by Leslie
(Jacksonville, FL. USA)

Question: My son was 12 when he got his passport. It will expire in May next year. He is now 17; does he need to apply for a completely new one?

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. Your son must apply for a new passport using application form DS-11.

He should complete the form but wait to sign it in when requested to do so by an agent at a passport application acceptance facility.

He also needs to present proof of citizenship, proof of identity, a copy of his identity and one current passport photo. He may also be asked to provide written parental consent using form DS-3053. Finally, he should make payment for fees.

The State Department encourages passport holders to submit the application for a new passport approximately nine months before the expiration date. Regular processing takes 4-5 weeks but it can take longer. Expedited services take 2-3 weeks.

Also, many countries require at least six months validity in a passport before they will issue a visa.

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