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Passport for minor about to turn 16

by wondering

Question: I need a passport for my son for travel in early June. He will turn 16 a month before we leave. In order to get the passport in time, it looks like my options are to 1) apply about 3 weeks before he turns 16 - meaning it will only last 5 years or 2) apply right when he turns 16 but pay to have it expedited and it will last 10 years. If he turns 16 after applying but before it is issued, will it last 10 years?


Answer: In order for your son to apply for a passport that will be valid for 10 years, he must be 16 at the time the application is submitted. If you submit the application when he is 15, then the passport will only be valid for 5 years even if he turns 16 while the application is being processed.

If your son turns 16 one month prior to your departure date, then he could apply in person at a local passport application acceptance facility and request expedited service. This usually takes only 2-3 weeks although it can take longer.

To guarantee that the passport application is processed prior to your trip, you may need to visit a regional passport agency or employ the services of a professional expediter. Same day passport service is available through both.

Of course, you can avoid the expediting service fees if your son applies early for a minor's passport. The application fee for a minor is also less than the fee for an adult passport.

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