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Should I wait to renew child passport if my son is turning 16 one months after his passport expires?

by Susan

Question: My sons passport expires this June. He will be 16 on July 31st. Should I wait to renew his passport after he turns 16 so that he can get a 10 year passport or would they go ahead and give him a 10 year passport since he is only one month away from turning 16?

Answer: If your son applies before his 16th birthday, his passport will be issued with a validity of 5 years. You can wait until after his birthday to apply for a new passport if you prefer that he get a 10-year passport.

Note, your son will be unable to travel outside the United States during the time that his passport his expired. He will also be unable to apply for any travel visa that requires a specific validity before it is issued.

If your son has no plans to travel outside the U.S. and you foresee no possible emergency that would require him to travel outside the country during the period that his passport is expired, then there should be no problem in waiting.

You may want to download the application and gather required documents so that you are prepared to apply on or shortly after your son's birthday.

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