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Does he need a complete new passport?

by Leslie
(Jacksonville, FL. USA)

Question: My son was 12 when he got his passport. It will expire in May next year. He is now 17; does he need to apply for a completely new one?


Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. Your son must apply for a new passport using application form DS-11.

He should complete the form but wait to sign it in when requested to do so by an agent at a passport application acceptance facility.

He also needs to present proof of citizenship, proof of identity, a copy of his identity and one current passport photo. He may also be asked to provide written parental consent using form DS-3053. Finally, he should make payment for fees.

The State Department encourages passport holders to submit the application for a new passport approximately nine months before the expiration date. Regular processing takes 4-5 weeks but it can take longer. Expedited services take 2-3 weeks.

Also, many countries require at least six months validity in a passport before they will issue a visa.

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Travel under 18
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 17 years old. He goes to college in the U.S. and he has his own U.S. passport. We live abroad. Does he need any parents consent form to travel outside the U.S?

Answer: The travel consent is a recommendation but the necessity depends on the minor's destination country.

Validity of passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 16-year-old just received her passport. It's only valid for 5 years. Why not 10?

Answer: Passports issued to citizens age 16 or older should be valid for 10 years. Please submit the passport for a correction. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

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