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When do I need to have my 15-year old daughter's passport renewed?

by Kari

Question: My daughter has a passport that was issued when she was 11 years old due to expire in November. She is now 15 but will turn 16 in April. She is traveling to France in June for 10 days with a school group. Will her current passport be acceptable, or do we need to obtain a new passport after her 16th birthday? I see from the questions above that it is recommended to apply for a renewal 9 months prior to expiration, but because she will be turning 16 in 3 months, I don't think that will work...

Answer: Your daughter's passport is valid until the date of expiration. Even though she will turn 16 in June, the passport continues to be valid until November.

You may possibly have time to get her a new passport between her birthday and departure date but it is not necessary.

The recommendation to renew passports approximately nine months prior to the expiration date is precautionary and especially important to those who travel abroad frequently.

I do recommend, however, that your daughter apply for a new passport shortly after returning from France. Note, passports issued to minors cannot be renewed by mail so she will need to apply for a new passport using application form DS-11. A parental consent form may still be required.

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Youth turning 16
by: maureen

Question: My son is turning 16 in a few weeks. I want to get his passport done before the rush as we live in PA, one of the states that will require passports for domestic travel. If I do it before his 16th birthday, will I have to renew once he is 16 or will it be valid for 5 years? Or would you recommend waiting because we have no imminent travel plans?

Answer: If you apply for your son's passport before he turns 16, it will be valid for 5 years. This passport cannot be renewed and he will have to apply for a new passport once it expires.

If you wait until it he turns 16, his passport will be valid for 10 years. If you do not have travel plans, we recommend waiting until your son turns 16.

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