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Can a child return to the United States with an expired passport?

Question: Hi. At the 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 want to go back home ASAP. I was wondering if I can use her expired passport and her birth certificate to re-enter the United States? We will be traveling by plane. The nearest embassy is 4 hours away. Please help! Thank you for your attention.


Answer: ALL PERSONS (including children) traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a valid passport book or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

Children under age 16 will be able to continue crossing land and sea borders using only a U.S. birth certificate. This does not apply to air travel. The airline will not allow your daughter to board without a current, valid passport.

You either have to apply for your daughter's new passport at the nearest U.S. embassy or authorize a private expediting service to submit the application for you. While this would avoid the need to travel to the embassy, it can be quite expensive.

If you want to investigate further the option of using a private expediter, click the link below.

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Minors with expired passports alone
by: Anonymous

Question: My children 12 and 15 are in Colombia, they are American citizens. I had to travel back to the United States without them because I am sick and had a medical emergency. I need to get them back here but their passports expired in May 2022 and Colombia doesn't have appts to renew their passports until 2025.

Answer: A valid passport is required to board an international flight and get into the United States. I just checked and there are available appointments for several dates in November. You may want to schedule one for your children ASAP.

U.S. Embassy Bogota Appointment Scheduler

Entering a US with a German passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a US citizen and have been living in Germany for the past 12 years.
I have a ten-year-old daughter, who was born in Germany and has dual citizenship through her parents. She has American citizenship through her mother and German citizenship through her father.

I have been planning a five day trip to the US in October 2022, for a family member's wedding.
The problem is that my daughter‘s American passport has expired and being divorced, and not having contact with my ex-husband makes it difficult to renew her passport, for he is not going to give his consent.

My daughter also has a valid German passport, and could eventually travel with it, but I am not sure how to go about this matter. Does she need to apply for ESTA, is she allowed to enter the US with her German passport, or what should we do?
I hope you can give me some answers, and help me resolve this problem.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your daughter needs to enter the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Otherwise, you may run into some issues. We recommend that you contact the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or any of the U.S. Consulates in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich for assistance.

Crossing San Isidro boarder
by: Anonymous

Question: Can my 2 daughters under the age of 16 enter back into the USA by land with recently-expired passports?

Answer: U.S. citizens age 15 or younger may re-enter the United States with proof of U.S. citizenship like their U.S. birth/naturalization/citizenship certificates. An expired passport may be acceptable as well. Please contact the CBP for confirmation.

Child leaving the U.S with an expired passport.
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 10 years old, we need to travel to Mexico on 07/09/2022 but his passport expired on 07/05/2021. Can we still fly?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board an international flight. Your son needs a new passport in order to travel.

Child entering the USA with expired US passport and a European passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My child was born abroad in Norway, and got his first U.S. passport a number of years ago. He is now 6. His US passport just expired in May 2022, but he has a valid Norwegian passport. Should I apply for an ESTA for him, or can he travel with his US passport and get it renewed while we are in the USA? We were unable to visit the USA until now due to COVID.

Answer: If you're entering the United States on or before June 30, your child may enter with his expired U.S. passport and get a new one while in the country. If you're traveling after June 30, you need to get your son a new U.S. passport in advance of travel. As a U.S. citizen, your child is required to enter and depart the United States using a U.S. passport.

Enter the USA with expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My child was born abroad and got his first U.S. passport. I couldn’t bring him with me to the USA because we were waiting for his mom's visa. My child's passport expired on July 2021 and his mom got her interview at the US embassy. Can my child get to the US with me and his mom with his expired passport?

Answer: Yes, your son may enter the United States with his expired passport until June 30th this year. However, we strongly recommend contacting the airline you plan on traveling with to find out if they will allow boarding with an expired passport.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my daughter is 6 and she's been in Jamaica since last August but her passport expired on April 4, 2021. She's a US citizen, how can I renew?

Answer: You need to contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica about obtaining a new passport for your child.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I have a trip to Colombia with my daughter from June 12 to July 7. I just realized that my daughter's passport would expire on June 26. Is my daughter allowed to re-enter the United States on July 7 when her passport expired on June 26?

Answer: She will not be expressly denied re-entry but she may face difficulties at the airport. It is best that you get her a new passport before she travels to make sure she does not run into issues.

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Expired US passport, valid Canadian passport
by: Anonymous

Question: We are traveling by air from the US to the Dominican Republic and my 5-year-old son's US passport is expired, but he has a valid Canadian passport. Will he be able to travel with his Canadian passport and his birth certificate?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your son is required by law to depart and re-enter the United States using a valid U.S. passport. He may use his Canadian passport once he is out of the country.

Passport in process of renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: We just submitted my son’s passport for renewal, and we traveled to Mexico with his Mexican passport. Can we go back to the US with his birth certificate and proof of his American passport being in process of getting renewed?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your son should have departed the United States with a valid U.S. passport. He may not be expressly denied re-entry but there may be some issues and considerable delays.

Child Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My parents were illegal immigrants and returned to their country (Mongolia). Their son was born in the United States but was brought with them to Mongolia. They have been living there for 7 years now, and his passport is expired. At the time of immigration to Mongolia, he was 5, and now he is 12. Can he come to the United States with an expired passport?

Answer: Since his passport likely expired before January 2020, he cannot return to the United States on an expired passport. Your parents need to apply for a new passport for him at the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar before he can travel to the United States.

Daughters’ passports expire less than a month from return
by: Anonymous

Question: We plan to travel to Mexico in April for a week. Our daughters' passports expire on May 11. Will we have a problem entering back to US?

Answer: Hello. Your passports only need to be valid upon arrival in Mexico and when you return to the United States. You should not have any passport-related issues in your upcoming trip. Travel safe!

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi my 14-year-old daughter's passport expires on May 31st. We are traveling to Mexico from Feb 15th to the 22nd. Can she travel to Mexico?

Answer: Yes, she can. Your U.S. passports only need to be valid upon entry to Mexico and re-entry to the United States.

Child passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is a U.S. citizen. He is 6 years old and his passport expired in June 2020. Would he be allowed to enter the USA using an expired passport? Or his birth certificate?

Answer: Yes, he may return to the United States with his expired passport until March 31st this year. Please contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information regarding re-entry.

Child overseas passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My son who is under 16 is overseas. I am in the US, we both have dual citizenship.

His US passport is expired. Can he use a foreign passport and go on a plane to return to the US and then show his birth certificate? Can I renew his passport in the US? What is the best way to renew his passport?

Thank you very much for all your answers.

Answer: Hello. If your son's passport expired after January 1, 2020, and he has been overseas before then, he may return to the United States with his expired U.S. passport up to March 31st. You may read the entirety of this Department of State update here.

Since he is under 16, you cannot renew his passport. Instead, you need to submit a new application for the child's passport. This has to be done in person at an acceptance facility in the United States.

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Please prepare the following:

1. Form DS-11
2. Original or certified copy of citizenship evidence
3. Evidence of parental relationship (birth certificate)
4. Photocopy of both parents' IDs
5. One recently-taken passport photo
6. Payment for fees

Please note that the child needs to be present with both parents (if both share legal custody) when the application is submitted. If one parent cannot be there, a notarized statement of consent plus photocopy of ID from the absent parent must be submitted. If you have sole legal custody of the child, please bring the court order as evidence.

If you have any more questions or concerns, you may get back to us. Have a good day!

Expired American Passport + another passport which isn't expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My son has two passports - the first is an American passport which expires in a week, and the second is a foreign passport. We're supposed to travel next week and will come back a few days after the foreign passport has expired. Can he get on the plane back using the non-US passport and still re-enter the US with the expired passport?

Answer: As an American citizen, your son is required to re-enter the United States using a valid U.S. passport. He does not meet the requirement for returning to the U.S. with an expired U.S. passport. It is only applicable to those who are already abroad when the pandemic started and cannot renew their passports overseas.

Minor with Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old daughter will have an expired US passport at the time of travel to Canada. Will she be allowed to leave and re-enter the USA? She was born in the USA.

Answer: If traveling by air, a valid passport is required. If by land or sea, the child may travel with her original U.S. birth certificate.

Flying to Colombia. Child’s passport expires in four months.
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. Appreciate this service. Traveling to Colombia this Monday (11/15) with my five-year-old son. Just realized his passport expires on March 22.

It’s a short trip, we will be returning on 11/30, but I have heard of folks being denied travel if their passport expires within six months of the return date of travel. Is it the same for minors traveling with parents?

Answer: Entry requirements generally apply to all travelers regardless of age. The Department of State strongly recommends at least 6 months validity on U.S. passport when traveling to Colombia but you may be able to enter with just valid passports. Have a safe trip!

Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My family and I are planning on spending the holidays in Mexico. We will be traveling by land. As we are preparing, I found out that my two sons' passports expire in late November and we will be traveling in December. I don’t think I’ll be able to get them an appointment to renew their passports in time. Can they use those expired passports? One of them is 18 and the other one is 16. They’re both naturalized U.S. citizens.

Answer: No, they cannot travel with their expired passports. Going into Mexico and getting back into the United States by land or sea require a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document. They can apply for enhanced driver's licenses if that will take less time than applying for a passport.

Travel help
by: Mari

Question: Hi. I have a family emergency and I want to travel to Mexico with my baby. Can I travel with only her birth certificate if I don't have any passport? I called to schedule but will take more than 12 weeks. Can I cross back to the USA with her birth certificate without any problem?

Answer: Yes, you may travel to Mexico and get back to the United States with just the child's birth certificate as long as you are traveling by land or sea. If you're flying, a valid passport book is required. If the child is not traveling with both parents, we recommend bringing a notarized consent from the non-traveling parent.

Expiring passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My daughter's US passport will expire the day we are traveling to Orlando. Will the airport give us trouble going & coming back?

Answer: Your daughter may enter the United States on her passport's expiration date. However, she needs a valid passport before she can leave the United States.

Dual Citizen teen returning to USA with Italian Passport
by: Susan R.

Question: My 16-year-old USA-born and raised daughter just left yesterday for Costa Rica on a month-long Teen Tour using her Italian Passport which expires two weeks after her return flight. Her US passport is currently being processed (expedited service) and we are not sure when we will receive it by mail. The airline assured us repeatedly that as long as the Italian passport is valid for one day past the returning flight date she would have no problem upon return. At the airport, the airline asked for her US residency card, which I learned the Italian Embassy issues Italian citizens living abroad. She never received one as this requirement was established after she was issued her Italian passport five years ago. I fear she will have problems returning to the USA. I do not have her most recently expired US passport as it accompanied the application for her adult passport which is currently being processed. I DO have her older passport which expired in 2016, proving her USA citizenship. I can overnight this passport and her original birth certificate to her program in Costa Rica. Will it suffice to show these documents, as well as her still valid Italian passport, at the Costa Rica airport as well as US immigration authorities upon re-entry in the USA? I am having trouble connecting with a live rep at the US Passport Service to speed up the processing of her current passport.

Answer: Hello, Susan. All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, are required to depart and re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. It is against the law to leave the country on a foreign passport even if you have dual citizenship.

You may read more about the topic here: Dual Citizenship

She is asked to present a U.S. residency card because she left the country on a foreign passport. Sending her old passport and other documents will not help since these are not valid travel documents. Even if you send her the new passport to use for her return, she will still face issues since there is no exit record on that passport she is using for re-entry.

We recommend that you contact the CBP or the USCIS to find out what other measures you can take to facilitate your child's re-entry to the country.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My daughter's passport expired little over a year ago. I will be traveling to Mexico by land, will she be able to enter the USA with just her birth certificate?

Answer: Hello. If your child is age 15 or younger, she may travel to Mexico and get back in the United States with just a U.S. birth certificate (original or certified copy).

Also, unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the child must have a notarized letter from the other parent or signed by both parents stating, "I acknowledge that my daughter is traveling outside the country with [the name of the adult] with my permission."

If you have sole legal custody of the child, this consent letter may no longer be required but you have to present proof of your custody order.

Passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi!! My 9-year-old son's passport expired in March. I want to go to Mexico by land and come back the same way by land. Can I use only his birth certificate? I’m going for only 2 weeks.

Answer: U.S. citizen minors may travel between Mexico and the United States with only their citizenship evidence (birth certificates for natural-born citizens). Your son may travel with his birth certificate but in the event that he needs to travel back to the U.S. by air, a passport book will be required.

My daughters
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I have two daughters. Their passports expire on June 30 of 2021, and I have to go to Mexico (Tijuana) that day to go help my grandparents come back to the US. My return date will be July 2. Can I still pass with their expired passport because I sent in their birth certificates to the passport agency and the only thing I have is the expired passport? Can they pass the border?

Answer: Minors may travel between Mexico and the United States by land or sea with their birth certificates, but not their expired U.S. passports.

2 day expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My little sister and I traveling to Mexico soon, her passport will be valid when heading to Mexico but it'll expire two days before the flight back.

She is going to be 16 when we come back. We didn't realize her passport was set to expire when we bought the tickets and now it's too late to renew it since there are no available appointments until a month before we leave.

What will happen if we try to come back to the U.S with an expired passport.

Answer: While she will not be expressly denied re-entry, the problem will be with boarding the flight to the United States. A valid passport is required for international air travel, even if it's just from Mexico.

And if she does get on the flight, she may face significant delays at the airport while authorities verify her identity and citizenship.

Pregunta
by: Anonymous

Question: My kid is 8 Years old she is in México. I want to bring her back to the USA but her passport is expired. Can she come back to the USA without a passport by land?

Answer: It is possible for minors to enter the United States from Mexico with just their U.S. birth certificates if traveling by land or sea. Please contact the CBP for more information.

Getting a 15 year old a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I would like to get my 15 year old daughter a passport, for potential extended travel in the coming year. If she turns 16 while we are traveling, her passport will expire.

1. If she is 9 months from turning 16, can she apply for an adult passport now?
2. If the answer to that question is no, how would we manage an expired passport when abroad?

Answer: The passport will not expire when she turns 16. It will be valid for 5 years after the issue date. Once it expires, she can then apply for her first adult U.S. passport.


Son with expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 13 years old. He is going to travel to Mexico with my cousin but his passport is expired. Can he travel back to USA by land with his birth certificate?

Answer: He can. The problem will be boarding a flight to Mexico with an expoired passport.

Taking my little brother to Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to take my youngest brother to Tijuana this weekend but mom can't find his birth certificate. Is there any other option for me to cross the border with him?

Answer: There isn't.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My family has to travel to Mexico ASAP by land because of a family emergency but I just found out my 12 year old daughter's passport has expired in April. Can she still come back in the US using her ID, expired passport and Birth certificate?

Answer: According to the CBP, minors age 15 and under may re-enter the U.S. by land border crossing with just proof of U.S. citizenship like a U.S. birth certificate. Please contact the CBP for confirmation.

I need some help
by: Anonymous

Question: My two children just went to Mexico two years ago and now we just realized that their passports expired one year ago. Now we have an emergency and they have to come back to the United States. Can they cross from Mexico with their expired passports and birth certificates? The older one is 15 years old and the youngest one is 14 years old.

Answer: U.S. citizen children ages 15 and under arriving by land or sea from a contiguous territory (Canada or Mexico) may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate (issued by the Vital Records Department in the state where he or she was born) to re-enter the United States.

Expired passport (dual citizen)
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 5. Their flight was on February 20 but Philippine Airline's ticket agent stopped my daughter because her U.S. passport expired in December. We used her Philippine passport going Philippines due to family emergency. My wife needd to come back here 1st to the U.S. due to her work. Upon arriving in the Philippines, she asked immigration about our problem. They told her that since shes a minor plus we have all the documents needed, PAL shouldn't have stopped her U.S-bound flight. My wife asked the same question to the customs officer at the airport and was answered the same as what the Philippine immigration officer told her. My question is there anyway or the fastest way I can get my daughter here in the US ASAP? I need advice. Thank you! Have a blessed day.

Answer: Since your daughter is returning to the U.S, she needs to use a valid U.S. passport to board the flight. She has to obtain a new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. A passport will be issued to her in 4 to 6 weeks.

Crossing back from Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my 2 children 13 and 16 years old, will be traveling with us to Canada but their passports recently expired. We will only cross into Canada for a day by car. Will they be able to cross back with expired passport, birth certificate, school ID?

Answer: The 13-year-old should be able to re-enter the U.S. with his/her birth certificate. However, the 16-year-old and all adults need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant document to cross the border from Canada.

Daughter passport expired. Can she enter the U.S?
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 8 years old when we moved to Mexico. That was four years ago. Her passport expired two years ago. Ca I take her back by land with her expired passport and birth certificate?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Minor’s US citizen passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 14 years old and we are trying across the border from Canada to US, can he still across with an expired US passport?

Answer: Your son may re-enter the United States with proof of his U.S. citizenship like a his U.S. birth certificate.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my brother is 12 years old and a U.S. citizen. He's been living in Mexico for the last 6 years and now he is coming back, crossing by land. His passport is already expired; can he cross with just his birth certificate?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need to have a passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document to cross the border between the United States and Mexico.

Your brother will need a new passport before he travels back to the U.S. A passport can be obtained from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello! My son is a U.S. citizen but he is in the Philippines right now. My son's passport expired February 8. They said I have to renew it in the Philippines and wait for 3 weeks. Is there a possible way I can travel my son with a document or something? I have work and I can’t stay that long in the Philippines. What should I do?

Answer: A valid passport is required in order to board a flight back to the United States. Because of this, you need to apply for your son's new passport before traveling.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, processing takes 2-3 weeks. Please contact them for further assistance.


Travel to Mexico
by: Heidio

Question: I want to travel to Mexico by bus. My child (8 years old) has an expired passport. Can we cross over and get back to the USA? Thank you.

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to present a passport book or card or any WHTI-compliant document to enter Mexico by land.

We recommend that you apply for your child's new passport to avoid issues while traveling.

Aiuto !!!
by: Anonymous

Question: Ho mio figlio di 7 anni cittadino americano kn passaporto scaduto l anno scorso dobbiamo rietrare negli states asap ma il padre nn vuole firmare il modulo x il rinnovo del passaporto !!! Nn vuole che il figlio rimpatria negli states x nn dare child support!!!! I need to go back bc im stuck in italy for 4 yrs now!!! Come devo fare !!! Qualkuno puo rispondermi grazie mille !!

Answer: Innanzitutto, è necessario ottenere un nuovo passaporto USA per il figlio prima di tornare negli Stati Uniti. Per legge, tutti i cittadini degli Stati Uniti sono tenuti a rientrare negli Stati Uniti utilizzando un passaporto USA.

Si prega di contattare l'Ambasciata Usa di Roma o il Consolato Generale di Firenze, Milano o Napoli per ottenere assistenza per ottenere un passaporto per il tuo bambino.

Expire Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a friend that has 2 kids 18 & 16 years old. They are in Guadalupe. The dad is in Miami and the mother left the kids with a friend in Guadalupe and she left the Dominican Republic. The kids can't travel because their U.S. passports are expired and the nearest passport agency is in Curazao. The dad can't travel and the kids asked their dad for help because they want to come to Miami. Can you give me advice?

Answer: They need to seek assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Since they are already 16 and 18, they can apply on their own as long as they have their own IDs.

Their father can issue a signed statement of awareness of the issuance for the 16-year-old. He can mail this statement with a photocopy of his ID. The statement must be submitted with the other requirements for the passport application.

The 18-year-old does not need the statement from the father.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 9. His U.S. passport expired 2013. Can he travel back from the Bahamas on his expired passport?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need to present a valid U.S. passport in order to re-enter the United States after travel abroad. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Nassau for assistance.

Niece
by: Anonymous

Question: We are in Tijuana with the family. My niece (11 years old) needs to come back with us because her parents needed to cross earlier. Can she cross with us with her birth certificate?

Answer: All U.S. citizens need a passport book or a passport card in order to re-enter the United States from Mexico.

You need to apply for the child's passport at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana. Both parents need to send you a notarized document stating that you are authorized to apply for their child's passport on their behalf. This statement must be accompanied with photocopies of their government-issued IDs.


Can my son return to the US if his passport expires in a month?
by: Anonymous

Question: My family is traveling to Canada in July and my son (7 years old) has a US passport that expires in a month (Aug 2017). Can he return to the U.S. by land with his passport in July 2017?

Answer: Yes, your son can return to the United States without a problem. U.S. citizens may re-enter the U.S. up to the expiration date of their passports.

Re-entering the USA with expired passport
by: JG

Question: My sister-in-law voluntarily left the USA about 5 years ago since she was an illegal alien. She gave a notarized document to her mother to bring her 3 U.S. citizen kids into Mexico by land. Stating it was only for vacation. Now the kids want to come and visit but their passports are expired. She has tried to renew their passports but they need the father's permission. The father was sent to jail and has not heard or seen him since she left the USA. What can she do?

Answer: All U.S. citizens traveling from Mexico must re-enter the United States with a valid passports.

The mother must find a way to contact the father to obtain the consent for passport issuance. The father must execute a signed and notarized statement of consent that the mother must present to the U.S. embassy or consulate when applying for her children's passports.

If contact cannot be established, the mother may submit Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances for Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16. She must explain (in as much detail as possible) that efforts she has made to contact the absent parent to obtain the consent. Applications submitted with Form DS-5525 are issued on a case by case basis.

Please have her contact the Mexican Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate for more information and assistance.

Child's Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's U.S. passport has expired. His father has signed and notarized the necessary form for reapplication but is refusing to provide me with a copy of his driver's license to go with the form per directions on the form. What can I do? He has a valid passport for Australia so he can travel down there to see family but what about coming back?

Answer: A copy of the non-applying parent's ID is necessary to obtain a passport for your child. If you cannot secure this requirement, the notarized consent will not be accepted.

You may try submitting Form DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances for Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16) with your application. However, understand that applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are processed on a case by case basis.

Need Help ASAP
by: Paola

Question: I went to Mexico (TJ) but I don't have a passport, or driver's licence, nor an Identification Card. I only brought my birth certificate and a previous school ID. I am 18 and I'm a U.S citizen. Can I travel back by land with just those two?

Answer: When returning from Mexico, U.S. citizens are required to present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document such as a passport book or passport card. You can go to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and apply for an emergency passport. You do not need an appointment for this if you are leaving within the next 10 days.

Once you're back in the U.S., you can apply for a full-validity replacement passport. If you apply within a year of issuance, you will not be charged any additional fees.

Return from Canada with expired US passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Child is 19-yrs-old. Can he return via land with a US birth certificate and expired US passport?

Answer: For entry into the United States via land borders, your son must present either a U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card or Enhanced Drivers License.

I want to travel with my son but his passport is expired.
by: Ida

Question: I want to travel with my son, but his passport is expired. He has a green card. I want to get the new passport in the country where I'm going to because his passport is from the same country. Is it possible? Does it cause any problems?

Answer: Your son will not be allowed to board his flight without a valid passport. Please contact the nearest embassy or consulate general to get your son a new passport.

My brother's passport expired
by: Yehya

Question: My brother's USA passport expired. He is overseas and the country he is in right now has no U.S. Embassy. Can he mail it to me and I renew it for him? He is over 18. Thank you.

Answer: Yes, you can do this as long as your brother was age 16 or older when he was issued the passport and the passport is not significantly damaged.

Your brother needs to send you his passport, a signed form DS-82 and a recent passport photo. You should mail these documents and payment for fees to the address on the application form.

The mailing address he enters on the application form must be a U.S. address.

expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can a child return to USA with a copy of birth certificate because her passport expired 3 weeks ago if traveling by land with both parents?

Answer: When returning from Canada, U.S. citizens under the age of 16 need only present a birth certificate.

When returning from Mexico, all U.S. citizens are required to present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a passport or a passport card. You can get an emergency, limited-validity passport from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general.

Passport Renewal
by: Lenin

Question: Thanks for providing the exact information regarding the U.S passport. I have also the same doubt and now that is solved. Could you please share the exact procedures to renew the U.S passport?

Answer: You will find a list of requirements and step-by-step instruction for renewing a passport here.


Travel to Canada with Expired Passport
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Question: If my passport expired three months ago can I go to Canada by land and come back to America with it. I also have a student I.D. and a safe child card. Can I use those for proof to come back.

Answer: When returning to the United States from Canada, it is very important to note that all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport to enter or re-enter the United States via air. For entry into the United States via land and sea borders, U.S. citizens must present either a U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers License, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document. The only exception to this requirement is for U.S. citizens under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group) who need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Mailing delays are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility. Standard service may take between 7 and 10 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 4 to 6 weeks exluding mailing times on the front and back end. Mailing delays may be significant so requesting 1-2-day mailing may greatly help.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

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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