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Will my passport expire when I turn 18?

Question: If I am 17 now, and just applied for a new passport, will it expire in 6 months when I turn 18?


Answer: No. Your passport will not expire in 6 months. Passports issued to persons age 16 and over are valid for 10 years.

Since you were 16 or older at the time your present passport was issued, you will be able to renew it by mail when it gets close to the expiration date. Of course, you have to meet the other criteria as well.

Also, you will no longer need parental consent in order to apply for a passport once you complete 18 years of age.

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By mail or in person?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport was issued in 2004 when I was 14 and expired in 2009 when I was 19. Can I renew by mail or do I have to go in person?

Answer: You need to apply in person at a nearby acceptance facility in order to obtain a new passport.

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Question: My daughter has just turned 18 and has a valid passport but it's a minor one valid for 5 years. Does she need to change this? We are traveling to Florida and it states 18-year- old citizens should hold a 10-year adult passport. Help.

Answer: Your daughter does not need to apply for a new 'adult' passport until her current one expires. Passports issued to minors serve the same purpose as adult passports as long as they are valid.

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Does a passport expire when a minor turns 18?

by Steph
(NJ)

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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Son turned 16, is a new passport needed?
by: Anonymous

Question: My son got his passport in 2015. he turned 16 but his passport does not expire until Nov 2020. Does he need a new passport since he turned 16 or can he travel on the current passport he has?

Answer: Your son may travel with his current passport until it expires. Once it expires in 2020, he can apply for a new "adult" passport which will then be valid for 10 years.

Applying for a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I turned 18 last June, and I'm applying for a passport. I was scheduled on October. What ID's can I present? Is it okay to present 2 school ID's?

Answer: Ideally, you need to present primary proof of identity like an in-state driver's license. If you do not have this, you may submit secondary IDs. This can be your student ID plus one of the following:

-State-issued non-driver ID
-Out-of-state driver's license
-Social Security card
-Learner's or temporary driver's permit
-Voter registration card
-Employee ID
-Selective Service (draft) card
-Medicare or other health card
-Expired driver's license
-Membership card in a local social organization or club
-Rental contracts
-Mortgage documents
-Auto registrations
-Traffic tickets & violations

This list is not exhaustive. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Renewing from child to adult passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 19 and was issued her passport when 14. It is due to expire soon. Can we renew her passport before it expires or does she have to apply from scratch?

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. Your daughter needs to apply for a new 'adult' passport in person at an acceptance facility. She needs to submit the following:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Proof of identity
4. Photocopy of ID
5. One passport photo
6. Payment for fees

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.

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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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