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How to renew my 5 yrs old son's passport?

by Iryne
(Fairbury, Ne, USA)

Question: My son is 5 years old now and his passport will be expired this October. I want to renew it right away because we are planning on going for vacation this July. What should I do?

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed by mail. You must apply for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. For complete instructions, click the link below.

How to Get a Child's Passport

Note, routine service takes 4-6 weeks so the passport would not be delivered in time for your July travels. You can request expedited service but this takes 2-3 weeks. You can get the passport sooner by visiting the regional agency or applying through a professional expediter. Click the links for more information.

U.S. Passport Agency List

Expedited Passport for Child

Finally, passports are valid up to the date of expiration. If your child's passport does not expire until October, you may be able to travel in July without the need to obtain a new passport. You should verify the foreign entry requirements of the destinations you plan to visit. Some locations require at least 3 or 6 months of validity remaining in your passport before they will allow you to enter. Other countries do not have this requirement.

Foreign Entry Requirements

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Passports for children
by: Ms Harris

Question: How long do passports last and cost for children under 13?

Answer: Passports issued to minors age 15 and younger are valid for 5 years. Fees are as follow:

Application fee: $80
Execution fee: $35

Optional fees:
Expedite: $60
Overnight delivery (recommended): $16.48

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