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Can I re-enter the US with an expired passport?

by DR Travel
(Miami, FL)

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


Answer: According to the U.S. Department of State, all American citizens must possess a valid passport in order to exit and re-enter the United States.

Trying to return to the U.S. with an expired passport may result in being denied entrance. It is best to resolve this before your return trip.

You can apply for an emergency renewal at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Click the link below to access a list and find the one nearest you.

U.S. Embassy and Consulate List

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Soon to expire
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister is 15 & a U.S citizen, we have a trip to Mexico this month and will be returning August 9th. The problem is her passport expires August 5th. Will she be able to leave the U.S as well as enter?

Answer: If you are traveling by land or sea, your sister may enter Mexico using her current passport and re-enter the United States with her U.S. birth certificate or any other proof of U.S. citizenship.

If you are traveling by air, your sister will need a valid U.S. passport to board an aircraft and re-enter the United States.

Expired passport of dual citizen minor
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My child is a minor and a dual citizen (U.S. and Canadian). U.S. passport is expired. Can my child enter the US with an expired US passpsort and Consular Report of Birth Abroad? Or can she use her Canadian Passport to enter?

Answer: Your child may enter the United States with proof of U.S. citizenship which is her Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

Issuing a new passport regardless of your residence country
by: Anonymous

Question: If my child is minor and I am not U.S. Citizen and we are not living in the U.S. and his passport expired and we are currently on vacation abroad, can I get him a new passport from the nearest embassy regardless of what country we have residence in? Will any nearby embassy serve us regardless if I am resident or not?

Answer: Yes, the U.S embassies will assist U.S. citizens whether or not they are residents of tourists of the country they are in.

Expired US passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My children have dual citizenship (Venezuelan and American). Their U.S passports expired in April, they are 18 and 11. We plan on traveling this summer to the U.S. Can they enter with an expired US passport and renew it in the U.S?

Answer: Both your children need to apply for new passports before traveling back to the United States.

Expired passport and my birth certificate?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 16 years old with dual citizenship (Mexico and United States) and my passport expired a couple months ago. I need to travel to the US very soon. Can I travel to the U.S. if i have a expired American passport and my American birth certificate?

Answer: You need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant in order to enter the United States from Mexico. If traveling by air, you need a passport book to board a flight to the United States.

We recommend that you apply for a new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico before you travel.

No passport, because I owe child support
by: Mary

Question: I have a friend that applied for a passport but was denied, because he owes child support. He would like to go back to Mexico for a visit. Would he be able to return with his paper.

Answer: A valid passport is required to re-enter the United States.

Dual citizen child with US passport expiring the day of US entry
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old is a dual citizen of the US and Costa Rica. We are traveling on 06/30/2018 to the U.S. from Costa Rica and discovered that her U.S. passport expires the same day 06/30/2018. Can she travel with her Costa Rican passport as valid ID and enter to the US with her US passport?

Answer: Yes, she can.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am traveling to Mexicali. I didn't realize my passport expired. Would it be a problem?

Answer: Yes, it will be a problem. U.S. citizens need valid passport books, cards or any other WHTI-compliant documents to enter Mexico and re-enter the United States.

Arriving same day passport expires
by: Anonymous

Question: Coming back from Aruba on 6/15/2018 with a passport that expires that same day (arriving at 6pm in U.S.) Will there be any issue?

Answer: There shouldn't be any issue.

Military overseas
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a valid us passport and a no-fee military passport. I am trying to fly emergency to the States but my children's (native U.S. citizens) regular passports expired two months ago. Their no-fee U.S. passports are current. Can they re-enter the USA?

Answer: Please contact the travel office of you installation regarding travel document requirements.

Flying out of Mexico to the U.S. with an expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m in Mexico at the moment and I came here by car with my uncle. We had planned to leave in two weeks but an emergency came up for my uncle and he is not leaving anytime soon. I need to get back home. I have an expired passport and I wanted to know if I could fly home like that? I would renew it but my parents are in the US.

Answer: A valid passport is required to board a flight to the United States.

Expired passport
by: ALameri

Question: My passport expired while I was in Yemen. I couldn't leave because of the 3 years and half war that is still going around the capital city SANAA.

In city of Aden, things are back to normal. Flights have resumed as well as everything else. My problem is that my passport is expired and have called the emergency number a lot of times. I was given phone numbers for the US embassy which is closed. I have confirmed this with the State Department.

I can't leave Yemen with an expired passport to the nearest US embassy in a near by country.
The war started 2015. When things got back to normal in the city I am currently in, I tried every possible way to get back. I am disabled and I need to follow-up with a doctor. My benefits have stopped because I can't do the medical review from here.

So please help me with any information regarding my case. Plese don't give phone number for US embassy in Sanna because there is nobody in at the embassy.

I was given those numbers and I have called and no one answers. I called the DEPARTMENT OF STATE and they confirmed that there is no one at the embassy.

Answer: The U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen.

Please contact them to make arrangements for renewing your passport.

5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City, Cairo
Egypt
Telephone: (20-2) 2797 3300
Fax: (20-2) 2797 3200

My passport expired 6 months ago
by: Ammar E

Question: The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a on Sa’awan Street is closed.

Answer: The U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen. Here's the address:

5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City
Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: (20-2) 2797 3300
Fax: (20-2) 2797 3200

Passport expiring soon
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old is travelling to Brazil, returning to Miami August 5. His U.S. passport expires August 6. Would we have a problem with him re-entering U.S. with a U.S. passport still valid with one day to go? Reason is that we might not have enough time to renew it before the trip.

Answer: There should be no issues re-entering the United States as long as the passport is valid upon arrival.

U.S. citizen child in Nicaragua with expired passport
by: John

I have a child with dual citizenship who lives in Nicaragua and has an expired U.S. Passport. The mother has been contacting the Embassy since late April, but cannot get anyone to help with the renewal.

Are there any other options?

The child has a valid Nicaragua passport, but no visa for the U.S. Does not need a visa, since he is a citizen?

Answer: Hello, John. All U.S. citizens are required to re-enter the United States using U.S. passports. The U.S. Embassy in Managua is the only issuing body for U.S passports in Nicaragua.

Expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My passport expires June 23. It’s currently June 2, would I be allowed to enter Canada and then re-enter the US if I went from June 4-10.

Answer: Yes, you will be able to enter Canada and get back in the United States with your current passport.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: My child's passport expired April 9th and we are planning to go to Mexico in July. I cannot renew because the other parent is no longer involved and we have no contact with her. What can I do?

Answer: In order to apply for your child's new passport without the other parent, you need to fill out Form DS-5525 and explain the situation in as much detail as possible. It will greatly help your case if you can also include proof of your efforts to reach out to the other parent regarding the application.

Please note that applications submitted with DS-5525 are processed on a case by case basis.

Trapped in Yemen
by: ADEL

Question: I traveled to Yemen to visit my family. I have 7 months on my passport when I arrived in the cite of Aden where my wife and some of my kids live. Three months later, a war started (August 2016). The U.S. embassy closed, leaving me trapped here with an expired passport, no flights and no help.

In 2017, the flights resumed but my passport is expired. It's bad that the nearest U.S. embassy is in Cairo, Egypt -- 4 hours flight.
The Egyptian authority would not allow a person with an expired passport to enter their country.

I need to go back home. It seems that the war is not going to stop soon and the U.S. embassy is not opening anytime soon. I got in contact with the U.S. Department of State
for any assistance but every time, I was told they have no plans for the US citizens who got trapped in Yemen.

Answer: Please call (967) 1 755-2000 (during regular office hours) or (967) 1 755-2170 (after hours) if you seek immediate repatriation to the United States.

Passport expired
by: mike

Question: I am a U.S. citizen and my passport expired while visiting in Nigeria. What would it cost to get an extension or renew it?

Answer: Passport renewal cost $110. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the Consulate General in Lagos for assistance.

Expired passport and a valid age of majority card
by: Anonymous

Question: So we wanted to go shopping in Michigan, however my sister's passport is expired. She does not drive but she has a card that they call an Age Majority Card that has her name and address.

Answer: Since the Real ID Act enforcement in January, TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension. As always, travelers may use alternate forms of identification such as a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card.

Please contact the TSA for more information.

Passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 16 years old. He is in the USA. He entered the USA by a valid U.S. Passport. However recently his passport expired (on 7 of May). He is planning to leave the USA soon. Also, he has a valid passport of Kazakhstan.

Can he leave US with his Kazakhstan passport?
His expired US passport will be also with him.

Thank you.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, he is required to depart the United States using a valid U.S. passport.

Minor 5 years old
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter has no SS #. We live in Mexico but she is a dual citizen. I’m renewing her passport next week in the USA. I only have 4 days and was told I can get it in 48 hours at the agency in San Diego. I read that she needs SS # on one form and another I read you just out none. She has had a passport for 5 years. Will we be okay?

Answer: You must submit a signed statement with the following words:

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: (Child's full name) has never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.

Entering the US with a passport that expires soon
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to the U.S. on July for 2 weeks with an Israeli passport. My child's passport will expire 2 weeks after we leave the U.S. Will there be any problem with that? Someone told me you need your passport to be valid for at least 3 months from date of entry to the U.S.

Answer: Israeli passport holders may enter the United States with a passport that will be valid for at least your planned duration of stay.

Please contact the Carrier Liaison Program of the CBP for more information.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old child's U.S. passport expires May 18th. I have planned a trip to San Diego May 14th, leaving from Mexico to renew her passport. Will she have any issues getting in the plane?

Answer: No, there should be no issue with your child getting on a plane and entering the United States.

Travel by land to Canada with expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 15 years and will be turning to 16. Her passport just expired a month ago. She is citizen of the United States by birth. Can she travel with us (parents) by car to Canada with an expired passport and her birth certificate? Thank you.

Answer: Minors age 15 and under may travel to Canada and back to the United States via land or sea with their birth certificates. Your daughter should be able to travel without issue.

Expired US passport, traveling back from Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport expired. Can I travel back to the U.S. I have a valid U.S. driver's license and a global entry card.

Answer: If you are traveling by land or sea, you may use your Global Entry card to re-enter the United States. However, if you are traveling by air, you need a valid passport book.

Expiring password
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I fly to New York if my passport is expiring 4 days later?

Answer: Yes, you can. There is no validity requirement for domestic travel.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m traveling from the Dominican Republic this coming week. I just realized that my passport has expired a month ago. Do you think I will be able enter the with an expired U.S. passport?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you will not be expressly denied entry to the United States. However, you will face considerable delays at the airport if you arrive with an expired U.S. passport as border officials verify your identity and citizenship. Also, you will most likely not be allowed to board the flight back to the U.S. without a valid passport.

Please renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo before traveling back to the United States.

Passport expires 2 days after return
by: Anonymous

Question: I am scheduled to travel to Canada from the US on April 22nd and will be returning to the US from Canada on April 23rd. My passport expires April 25th. Will there be an issue with me entering Canada or returning to the US?

Answer: No, there will be no issues. You may travel to Canada and get back in the United States as long as your passport is valid.

My passport
by: Susie

Question: If I'm going to Mexicali Baja California on 14 April and my passport expires on 15 April am my going to be able to cross back to the United States?

Answer: You need a valid passport to get back in the United States.

Expiring passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is Iraqi. Can I fly from the USA using this passport which expires on May 5th and be back on May 3rd?

Answer: If you are a green card holder, you can re-enter the United States as long as your passport is valid.

Re-entering the U.S.
by: Suzan J

Question: My passport will expire in May 5 2018. I have to come back to Kurdistan-Iraq in April 10th and be back on May 1st. If there is any problem, please let me know. Thanks.

Answer: You are required to present a U.S. passport valid for at least 6 months in order to enter Iraq. Based on this, you need to renew your passport before your trip.

Since you are leaving in just a little over 3 weeks, we recommend that you apply for expedited renewal to get your passport in time. Expedited service via mail takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

Expired Canadian Passport.
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired weeks ago and we need to cross from Canada via car. I have proof and a receipt that my passport renewal is being processed. I also have my expired Canadian passport and birth certificate. Will a U.S. Patrol Officer let me in to the country? I have confirmed that I can get back into Canada.

Answer: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will only allow entry to the United States by land if you have one of the following:

Canadian passport
Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card
NEXUS, FAST/EXPRESS and SENTRI enrollment cards

Your receipt or expired Canadian passport will not suffice for entry to the U.S.

Passport expired in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I traveled to Mexico but my U.S. passport expired while in the country. Can I re-enter the U.S?

Answer: You need a valid passport to re-enter the United States. Please renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or in any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

Entering the US with an expired UK passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be traveling to the UK as a UK citizen in a month from the US, the country I reside in. My UK passport will expire in the UK, if I don't have a new one buy then. Will I be able to return to the US with my up to date Permanent Resident card and my UK passport showing expired. This will mean my new UK passport will be in my apt when I return. Thank you.

Answer: You need a valid passport to board a flight back to the United States. You need to renew your passport and be in possession of the new one before you travel back to the U.S.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to go from California to Tijuana, Mexico but my passport is expired. Will they let me re enter the US if my passport is expired?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant travel document to travel between the U.S. and Mexico by land or sea. You need a valid passport book to travel by air.

You need to renew your passport before going to Mexico.

Expired Canadian passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister's Canadian passport expired 2 days ago and she has a flight out of Buffalo tomorrow. Will she be able to cross the border?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board an aircraft.

Is it possible to return to the US with an expired passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm leaving for Canada soon. I am 22 years old and my passport expired sometime ago and I couldn't get it renewed in time for my trip. Is it possible to enter Canada and return back to the U.S. with an expired passport? How long will it take for them to prove my citizenship if I choose to go back to the U.S. with an expired passport or my birth certificate?

Answer: You will be able to enter Canada with just evidence of U.S. citizenship and an ID. And while you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States, border officials may take some time. We cannot provide an exact time.

Expired USA passport / Valid Canadian Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have both a U.S. and Canadian passport. I currently live in Canada but accepted a job in the USA. My U.S. passport expired 1 1/2 years ago. I need to fly to the U.S. in a few days. Will I be allowed to enter the USA for work purposes without a valid U.S. passport (but a valid Canadian passport)?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you are required to re-enter the United States using a U.S. passport. While you will not be expressly denied entry if you arrive with an expired passport, you need a valid passport in order to board an aircraft.

Can I go back to my country on an expire passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have been in Jamaica. My U.S passport has been expired for a year and couple months. Is it possible that I can go back home on this passport?

Answer: In order to board an aircraft, you need to present a valid passport. And even if you manage to get on a plane to the United States, you may have issues upon arrival . While you will not be expressly denied entry to your own country, you will face delays while officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

We recommend that you renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

My son is a US citizen in UAE
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is a U.S. citizen but his U.S. passport expired on 24th of January 2018. His resident visa for the UAE is still valid. We have applied for renewal but his father is not in the UAE. I am expecting a notarized letter from the father because the one he sent was declined by the embassy. He was asked to get it from the U.S. embassy, Please advise me on what to do before the arrival of the notarized letter. My application is still with the U.S. embassy, I have already paid for the passport.

Answer: There's not much else to do but wait for the notarized consent to arrive in the mail.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm in Morocco traveling to France with an official American passport. Normally I must have 3 months on my passport. I have only 2. Can I go to France?

Answer: An official passport can only be used for travel in the line of duty. You need a civilian passport with at least three months validity remaining in order to travel to France as a tourist.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I knew my passport was expired, however was not planning on leaving the States. We have to unexpectedly travel to Mexico today. Will I be denied entry into the US? I can take my expired passport, birth certificate and State issued ID.

Answer: U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport book or card (land and sea travel) in order to enter Mexico. And while you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States when you arrive with an expired passport, birth certificate and state ID, you may face considerable delays at the border.

We recommend that you renew your passport at either the closest regional passport agency or through a private passport expediter to get it in time for your trip.

Can I enter the USA with an expired U.S. passport?
by: Alharbe

Question: My passport has been expired for almost 2 years. I am in Yemen now. I could not renew it here be cause of the war, as you know. I need help ASAP, please. Thank you.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States. There may be a delay while airport officials verify your U.S. citizenship. Having said that, you will still need a valid passport to be allowed to board an aircraft. You need to renew your passport or in the very least, secure a temporary travel document.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt has taken over consular services for residents of Yemen. Please contact them for further assistance.

Expired passaport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my passport was about to expire and I decided to renew it because of airline requirements in Mexico. I am traveling by land to Mexico and taking a national flight but my passport didn’t arrive. I have proof that I applied for a renewal. My main concern is re-entering the U.S. Would I be able to re-enter presenting my proof of renewal, birth certificate and I.D.? Thank you.

Answer: While you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States without a passport, you will most likely face delays while border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

Child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is valid but my child's (12) expired in 2016. I didn't realize they were valid for only 5 years. We leave for Mexico tomorrow. Will they still allow her to travel if I bring her U.S. birth certificate?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need a passport book, card or any other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant document to enter Mexico. The same is required for re-entry to the United States.

You need to apply for a new passport for your child.

Getting back to the U.S. with an expired passport
by: Hussein

Question: My daughter ( 10 years old) has 2 passports: U.S and Jordanian. Her U.S. passport will expire on 12/23/2017 and I am traveling with her on 12/04/2017 and getting back on 06/01/2018. Will there be a problem getting back in to the USA with her expired passport? The Jordanian passport is valid. I don't have time to renew her passport now since it takes more than 2 weeks.

Answer: U.S. citizens are required by law to depart and re-enter the United States using their U.S. passports. While your daughter will be not denied entry when she arrives with an expired passport, you may face significant delays while border officials verify her identity and U.S. citizenship.

You may apply for your child's new passport and request expedited service at a regional passport agency. Agencies process applications in 1 to 8 business days as long as you can provide proof of immediate international travel in 2 weeks or less.

US Passport Issues
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport is at the UK immigration office and will be expired before I return to the U.S. What do I do?

Answer: You may renew your passport through the U.S. Embassy in London or any of the U.S. Consulates in the United Kingdom once you get it back from UK immigration. You will then have a valid passport when you travel back to the U.S.

Verifying US Citizenship
by: Loren

Question: I'm confused by a recent answer you gave. You wrote:

All U.S. citizens are required to be in possession of a valid U.S. passport upon re-entry to the United States. While U.S. citizens will not be denied entry, there may be some delay at the airport while the border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

So in other words, you *can* re-enter the US with an expired passport, you will not be denied entry, but they will have to verify your citizenship which can cause a delay.

wouldn't my expired passport be sufficient to verify my US citizenship? Even if it's expired, I wouldn't have one unless I was a citizen. So what does this mean?

Answer: Hi, Loren. A U.S. citizen cannot be denied entry although it is recommended that a valid passport be presented. The problem is that airlines will not allow a passenger to board without a valid passport. So a valid passport is still a requirement.

If you are traveling by land from Mexico or Canada, you will be allowed to enter although you may be delayed.

Dual citizen with soon to expire passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is a dual citizen (Czech Republic and U.S.). We are leaving the U.S. 12/17/17 and coming back 1/6/2018. Her U.S. passport will expire 1/27/18 (21 days after the return). Her Czech passport is valid for 4 more years. Do you think she might have a problems leaving U.S. or coming back? Thank you.

Answer: No she will not. As a U.S. citizen, she is required to depart the United States on her U.S. passport. She may then enter and leave the Czech Republic using her Czech passport. She will not have issues re-entering the United States using her valid U.S. passport.

We recommend contacting the airline you are flying to verify travel document requirements.

I'm flying back to the us with an expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: How long will it take to validate my citizenship by the boarder officials?

Answer: There is no set time frame on how long the border officials will take to validate your U.S. citizenship. This is the reason why it is recommended that you re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport - to avoid delays and other issues.

Going back to the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: My questions is I'm in Mexico; can I go back to the U.S. by airplane with my passport expired?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to be in possession of a valid U.S. passport upon re-entry to the United States. While U.S. citizens will not be denied entry, there may be some delay at the airport while the border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

Work-Related Purposes
by: Anonymous

Question: So my question is if I need my passport for my job to identify me and it's expired and I need it within 24 hours, is there anyway I would be able to renew it or go around that?

Answer: An expired passport is still considered valid form of identification.

What if in the case of war?
by: Anonymous

Question: What if war breaks out in the country, and the only passport we have to re-enter USA is expired? Will they send us back to the country of war?

Answer: The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will be able to provide American citizens with emergency travel documents in cases of war or other situations that may endanger your life.

EU/US Dual Citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I am flying into US on 10/24 which is also the date that my US passport expires. I am going back to the EU on 10/30. Can I travel with my EU passport and an ESTA since my US passport will no longer be valid when I depart?

Answer: By law, U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States using their U.S. passports. With your situation, you have two options:

1) You can renew your U.S. passport before your trip. Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to your current location regarding renewals. Most embassies or consulates abroad process passport applications faster than agencies within the United States.


2) You may enter the U.S. up to the expiration date of your U.S. passport. Once you're in the country, you can apply for expedited renewal to get your passport in time for your trip back.

Traveling on emergency on a expired pasaport
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to travel for an emergency but my U.S. passport is expired. Can I renew in the country I am traveling to?

Answer: You need a valid U.S. passport to be allowed to depart the United States. You need to apply for expedited renewal at a regional passport agency.

Please bring the following when you apply:

1. Form DS-82
2. Your current passport (must be undamaged and issued in the last 15 years)
3. New passport photo
4. Payment for fees ($110 application fee + $60 expedite fee)
5. Proof of immediate international travel

Please call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment. If no appointment is available, you may walk-in with your application at the closest regional agency. Please make sure you arrive before the agency opens to increase your chances of securing a slot. Applications submitted at regional agencies are processed in 1 to 8 business days.

Traveling back home
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm leaving for Mexico on 8/11/17 and coming back to the US on 8/19/17. But my passport expires on 8/19, would that be an issue?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen you may re-enter the United States up to the expiration date of your U.S. passport. You should be able to travel to Mexico and back home without issues.

Dual citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship from Mexico and the United States. I am in Mexico and have to get back into my homeland of USA this week. My American passport is expired but i recently renewed my Mexican passport. Will I be able to successfully get home?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to depart and re-enter the United States using their U.S. passports. You need to renew your U.S. passport before your return. You may do this at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

My U.S. passport expires 20 days after getting out of the U.S.
by: Lina

Question: I have dual citizenship (American and Egyptian). I am living in Egypt. In 3 weeks I will travel to the US for 1 month stay then return to Egypt. My American passport expires 20 days after I return to Egypt. Will I face problems entering the U.S. or getting out of the U.S? My Egyptian passport is valid to 2021 so I will have no problems with Egyptian officers.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you may enter the United States up to the expiration date of your U.S. passports. Since you are also an Egyptian citizen, you should also not have issues entering Egypt even if exit the U.S. on your about to expire U.S. passport.

Having said that, we recommend that you renew your U.S. passport while you are in the United States. Routine service takes 6-8 weeks so you need to expedite the process. If you apply soon after you arrive, you will get your passport in 2-3 weeks.

Dual citizen traveling with expired US passport
by: Nora

Question: Hi,
My 5 year old is a dual citizen of the US and Egypt. We are traveling in a couple of days from Egypt to the US and discovered that her US passport has expired. Can she travel with her Egyptian passport as valid ID and show the expires US one as well at the airport to prove citizenship?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need to depart and return to the United States using their U.S. passports. You need to apply for a new passport for your child before your trip. You may do so at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo or at the U.S. Consulate in Alexandria.

Embassy Might Be Closed
by: Anonymous

Question: What about if the US Embassy in the country you are in is currently closed due to war in the country? Would conditions such as this one be considered an exception?

Answer: Please inform us as to which country you are in so that we can better assist you.

Why deny entry to a US citizen
by: Loren

Question: When I left the US my passport was valid. It expired while I was abroad. But it still proves I'm a US citizen. Why would my own country deny me from coming home?

Answer: Section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) states:

Citizens: Except as otherwise provided by the President and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may authorize and prescribe, it shall be unlawful for any citizen of the United States to depart from or enter, or attempt to depart from or enter, the United States unless he bears a valid United States passport.

You can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in order to apply for a passport renewal or, in the case of imminent travel, an emergency passport with limited validity.

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