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Are our passports still valid?

by Dinesh

Question: My wife's and my US passports were issued 7 years ago and we have only used them to go to England and Ireland in that same year.

Since then we have both retired and are planning to go to England again in April of next year.

Is there any need or process to review and confirm that our passports are still valid and are in order for our planned trip to England this coming April?

Answer: Passports issued to U.S. citizens age 16 or older are valid for ten (10) years from the date of issuance. The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.

Since your passports were issued in less than 10 years ago, they should be valid for 3 more years, give or take a few months. Since England only requires your passport be valid during your visit, there is no need to renew them prior to your trip.

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IRS and passports
by: Anonymous

Question: How do I know if the IRS has "cut off" my passport due to unpaid taxes?

Answer: You will be notified by mail if your passport has been invalidated due to certified tax debt.

My passport will expire in less then 30 days
by: Daniel

Question: My passport will expire in less then 30 days. I want to renew it while abroad, is this acceptable?

Answer: Yes, you can. Renewals can be done at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate located in the country where you are currently in.

Limit to travel within 6 months of expiration?
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's passport expires 09/2012. We are going to be traveling abroad for two weeks in 06/2012. Do I need to renew her passport or can she travel with it since it is still within the expiration date? I heard that you can't travel within 6 months before expiration - is this true?

Answer: The 6-month validity requirement does not apply to all destinations. While some countries require at least 6 months of validity in a passport before granting permission to enter, not all do. Other countries require 3 months. Still, others require only 30 days. Verify entry requirements with the embassies or consulates of the countries you plan to visit. We also recommend you contact the airline and/or cruise line about this issue.

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Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment:

Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. ET, call 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, call 202-647-4000.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. ET.

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