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Expired child's passport

by June Sloane
(Boca Raton, Florida)

Question: My granddaughter has an expired passport. She is now 14 & I want to take her to Europe when she is 15. Can I apply for a passport for her or does she need to go in person with her mother?


Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. Your granddaughter must apply for a new passport.

The first step is to complete Form DS-11. The application should not be signed until an agent asks your granddaughter to do so. This is done at a passport application acceptance facility.

Your granddaughter will also need to submit proof of U.S. citizenship (can be her expired passport) and onepassport photo.

When applying for a minor under age 16, both parent(s)/guardian(s) must submit evidence of their relationship to the minor applicant and must also present acceptable personal identification at the time of application. A photocopy of the identification document should be submitted as well.

If one parent cannot be present, the one who is must submit the second parents' notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053).

For complete instructions on getting a passport for a minor, click the link below.

How to Apply for a Child's Passport

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Minor passport not ready on time of travel
by: Anonymous

Question: My 8-year-old child's passport has expired and we are going on a trip 8 weeks after his new passport application is submitted. What do I do to make sure he will have his by the time of travel?

Answer: Please request and pay for expedited service to get the passport in 5 to 7 weeks. We also recommend adding $18.32 for 1-2 days delivery of the new passport.

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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 8 and 11 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 5 to 7 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 extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 5 business days. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.

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 5 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 AM to 5PM, call ET 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, 202-647-4000

You can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 5 business days of your international travel. If you need a foreign visa, the date of your appointment must be within 10 business days of your international travel.

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