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Passport Expiration FAQ

The passport expiration date is calculated from the date of issuance. However, the length of a passport's validity can vary depending on whether the travel document was issued to a minor, an adult or in an emergency situation. Also, a passport expiration date can affect the need for renewal since many destinations require a specific period of validity remaining in the passport before they will allow a visitor to enter.

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List of Passport Expiration FAQ

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Do I need to renew my passport before my trip?  Question: My U.S. passport will expire on 19 Feb, 2012, I'm planning a trip to Hong Kong, China. Can I depart on 20 Nov, 2011 and return on 14 Dec, 2011?...

Do I apply as a first-time applicant if my passport was issued and last used as a minor and my name has changed since?  Question: I was naturalized at the age of 9, when my parents were naturalized (country of origin - Korea). I'm not exactly sure when my passport was ...

Can I return to the USA with a US Passport which will be expired within five months?  Question: Can I return to the USA with a US Passport which will be expired within five months?

Answer: Yes, you can return to the United States with ...

Can I re-enter the US with an expired passport?  Question: I traveled outside the US and did not realize I had an expired passport. Will I be able to enter the US? What do I need to do?

Answer: According ...

Will my current passport still be valid if I am traveling abroad and my passport expires in 3 months from the date of travel?  Question: I am leaving the country and don't have time to renew my passport. My passport expires in 3 months. Will I still be allowed to use this passport ...

Can you travel out of the country on a soon-to-expire passport?  Question: My passport expires in April. Post office just told me that I cannot travel within 6 months of expiration date. Is this correct?

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New Passport Expiration Date  Question: I have a current passport that is good until September of 2012. If I renew my passport in April of 2012, I will have two valid passports. Would ...

Passport expiration date is very near  Question: My US passport will expire on 2 Feb 2012. I will travel to Trinidad & Tobago (via Miami) from the Dominican Republic in the first week of ...

Can I re-enter the U.S. on the passport expiration date?  Question: I will be taking a cruise to the Bahamas on 10/8/2011 and will be returning on 10/10/11. I was made aware that one now needs a U.S. passport ...

Can I travel on the date of my passport's expiration?  Question: I will be traveling (domestic only) and have only my passport as valid photo identification at this time. (Going through name change, and ...

Does my passport need to be renewed before my trip?  Question: My U.S. passport expires April 2012. I depart for Rome from Philadelphia at the end of October 2011 , stay for three days in Rome and then board a cruise ...

Can I travel to Venezuela with a passport that will expire shortly after returning to the US?  Question: I'm traveling to Venezuela from June 12 coming back on June 27, and my daughter's passport expires on July 7th. Will we be allowed to enter / come ...

Passport Renewal at NY Passport Agency  Question: I am traveling to South Africa in 3 days. My passport expires on 10-3-2011. I am in New York (my departure city), but I live in Atlanta, GA....

Passport Renewal and Visa to Enter the United States  Question: My son and I would like to attend my only daughter's wedding on June 11, 2011, in the States and was hoping to leave on 4/6/11.

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Passport was issued in 1995. Can I renew or get new one?  Question: I had a passport provided when I was in the National Guard and did a tour over in Egypt. The passport according to the website has passed the ...

My passport has been expired for 5 years  Question: My passport has been expired for 5 years; I need to get to the UK for a bereavement. Where do I go for an emergency renewal? I have an airline ...

Traveling to France from Egypt but US Passport is about to expire  Question: Hi I am a US citizen residing in Cairo, Egypt. My US passport expires on May 20, 2011. I am planning a vacation to Paris, France on February ...

Can I travel from the USA to Nicaragua if my passport will expire in less than 6 months?  Question: I want to be in Nicaragua from Feb 1-28, and then return to the US. But my passport will expire on March 15th. It would be valid for my entire ...

Passport Issue  Question: My passport expires on 02/06/2011 and I need to travel to the U.S. for my brother's wedding. I am not able to renew my passport as the Fijian ...

If I have 5 and a half months of validity on my passport, can I travel to Portugal?  Question: I previously asked if I could travel to Spain with five and half months of validity left on my passport instead of six. I received a reply ...

I need to check my passport expiration date.  Question: I'm afraid my passport will expire at the end of this month. I'm not sure. My passport is at my home in Knox, IN, but I'm at my other home ...

Do passports need to be valid for 6 months for trip to Spain?  Question: I am a teacher traveling with students to Spain in March/April 2011. Do all passports need to be valid for 6 months beyond our stay?

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Can a passport be renewed before it expires?  Question: My 18-year-old is getting married in October 2011. Her current passport, which she got as a minor, expires in October 2011. The bride and ...

Expiring passport question for travel abroad  Question: My husband will be traveling with my children to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving. My youngest child's passport expires in December and is in ...

Can I travel internationally thru December 2010 if my passport expires in March 2011?  Question: I have several trips coming up through end of 2010, the last is December 13-17. None of my trips (Zurich, London, Australia) require a visa. I ...

My passport will expire 20 days after a planned trip to Germany.  Question: I will be traveling to Germany on October 5th, 2010 through October 9th 2010. My passport will expire on October 30th 2010. Will I be permitted ...

Should I renew my passport that expires next May but has only 1 visa page left?  Question: I will be traveling to France in October and also have a Brazilian visa good for 5 years in this passport. I will need it for next year. Should ...

Does a passport expire when a minor turns 18?  Question: My sister received her passport in 2007 at age 15. She is now 18 years old. Does she need to apply for a new passport since we are traveling ...

Should my son renew his passport which will expire in 2016?  Question: My son renewed his passport last June 2006. He was very fit at that time weighing only around 130-140 lbs. After 4 years he has gained a lot ...

Can we get our child a new passport one year before it expires?  Question: Hi, I would like to change my child's passport picture, because we are traveling always. Her passport was issued when she was 15 days old. Now ...

Passport Expires Before Travel Dates.. Will I have an issue?  Question: I am traveling to Israel and Amsterdam on August 5-15th. I also have a connecting flight in Germany when I am flying from Israel to Amsterdam....

Can I visit the Canary Islands if my passport expires in only 4 months?  Question: I have only 4 months left on my passport and due to go on holiday in the next couple of days for a week. Will I be able to go to the Canary Islands ...

Do I need to use my married name on my new passport when it is expired and I am leaving for my honeymoon the day after my wedding?   Question: My passport is expired, and I am getting married on June 26, 2010, and leaving for St. Lucia on June 28, 2010. I am uncertain on whether I should ...

My daughter's passport expires in 2011. Does she need a new one to travel to Europe this summer?  Question: My child was issued a passport in Feb 2006 when she was 13. It expires in Feb 2011. She is traveling to Europe this summer on a teen tour ...

Is it faster to renew your expired passport or get a new passport?  Question: I need mine by the 2nd week in May, I live in Roanoke, VA and it expired last year.

Answer: It takes the State Department Bureau of Consular ...

Can I renew my passport if it expires in only 4 days?  Question: I want to renew my passport without paying extra but it expires in four days. I don't have immediate travel plans so don't need it in the next ...

Should I renew my expired passport or apply for a new one?  Question: My passport expired in 1999. Can I still renew? Also is a marriage license/certificate sufficient for a name change? I never officially ...

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 ...

How do I get the stamps back on my expired passport once I submit it with my renewal?  Question: I would like to have the stamps from the countries I travelled to back once I receive my new passport.

Answer: Your current passport will be ...

Should I renew my expired passport or apply for a new one?  Question: I am going to Cozumel in May 2010. My passport expired in 2006. Should I renew or apply for a new one?

Answer: You can renew your passport ...

Can a child return to the United States with an expired passport?  Question: Hi. In this moment, my family and I are in Canada and we are all Americans. I have a daughter whose passport expired. She is 5 years old. We ...

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