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Does a 12 year old need a passport to re-enter the US from Canada?

by Elizabeth
(New Jersey)

Question: Does my 12-year-old son need a passport to re-enter the U.S from Canada? We would like to go on vacation to Canada for memorial weekend. If my son needs a passport, what is the quickest way to obtain a passport?

Answer: It depends. If you plan to travel by land or sea, then your son only needs to present a birth certificate when returning to the United States. However, all U.S. citizens are required to possess a valid passport when traveling by air.

If you plan to travel by air and need to get a passport for your son quickly, the fastest way is to either visit the regional agency that has jurisdiction over your state or authorize a professional passport expediter to submit the application for you.

For more information, click the links below.

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Philadelphia Passport Agency

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