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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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