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Old 05-21-2011, 02:52 AM   #1
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does a child's passport expire when they turn 18?

It doesn't say it expires then, but I remember the lady saying something about it when we got the passports, like we would need a new one for her sooner? maybe it was just that the kids won't last as long as the adult. Just don't want any surprises...
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It doesn't say it expires then, but I remember the lady saying something about it when we got the passports, like we would need a new one for her sooner? maybe it was just that the kids won't last as long as the adult. Just don't want any surprises...
Kids passports are only good for 5 years. They start lasting 10 years after the age of 16 which is how long an adult passport lasts. So depending on the age of your daughter it will either last 5 or 10 years but won't expire when she is 18 (unless she got it at 13).
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Hi, so this interests me as well because my son's (13) passport expires this year and I just got the forms to renew. I thought it would only be good until he was 16 but am I wrong, will it last the whole 5 years until he's 18? That would be awesome.
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They last the full 5 years. The only reason there is any change in year between adults and kids is that adults don't change very much while kids change a lot. Mine just happens to expire when I turn 18 next year, if I were to have gotten it a year later I would expire when I was 19.
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Kids passports are only good for 5 years. They start lasting 10 years after the age of 16 which is how long an adult passport lasts. So depending on the age of your daughter it will either last 5 or 10 years but won't expire when she is 18 (unless she got it at 13).
I will add that passport contains the exact day/month/year of expiration on the page with the photo. So, don't worry about how long it lasts (5 or 10 years), just look at the expiration date.
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Depending on where you plan to travel, some countries want 6 months left on the passport after you intend to leave the country. It's best to renew your passport if you are going to Europe and the passport has less than 6 months left until expiration.
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Depending on where you plan to travel, some countries want 6 months left on the passport after you intend to leave the country. It's best to renew your passport if you are going to Europe and the passport has less than 6 months left until expiration.
Was going to say the same thing.
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Depending on where you plan to travel, some countries want 6 months left on the passport after you intend to leave the country. It's best to renew your passport if you are going to Europe and the passport has less than 6 months left until expiration.
Well, unfortunately we're not doing Europe anytime soon but that seems like a dumb requirement. Good to know though, thanks.
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Well, unfortunately we're not doing Europe anytime soon but that seems like a dumb requirement. Good to know though, thanks.
It isn't only European countries that require this. The point is to find out the requirements of the countries where you'll be traveling. If you have less than 6 months left on your passport and you plan to travel outside the US, consider renewing your passport before you depart on your trip.
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I will add that passport contains the exact day/month/year of expiration on the page with the photo. So, don't worry about how long it lasts (5 or 10 years), just look at the expiration date.
Yep, the date of expiration on the passport is the real date of expiration no matter how old you are. I got my passport when I was 16 and it expired when I was 26.
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They last the full 5 years. The only reason there is any change in year between adults and kids is that adults don't change very much while kids change a lot. Mine just happens to expire when I turn 18 next year, if I were to have gotten it a year later I would expire when I was 19.
I hope you don't expire at 19.
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Thanks everyone. I was pretty sure, but I get nervous some times.

They ask for at least 6 months left on your passport in case you get stuck in the country. Don't want it to expire before you get out!
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Does anyone know after the 5 years is up and they are over 16 and moving into the 10 year range, do they start the whole process over [new photos, going to the post office, etc.] or is it a renewal?
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Does anyone know after the 5 years is up and they are over 16 and moving into the 10 year range, do they start the whole process over [new photos, going to the post office, etc.] or is it a renewal?
Everyone needs a new passport photo - even for renewals. All of my kids had 5-year passports originally, but I don't recall if they got new passports or renewals after they were 16. (I think they started over with new passports.) A minor has to be accompanied by a parent to get a passport.
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Does anyone know after the 5 years is up and they are over 16 and moving into the 10 year range, do they start the whole process over [new photos, going to the post office, etc.] or is it a renewal?
Your first "adult" passport (16+) is treated like a new passport. You can use your old passport as a form of identification.
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