Getting ready for your fabulous international trip?   Now, all you need to do is pack your bags..and check to make sure you passport is still good!  You'll need to make sure your passport is valid and handy.   Applying to replace a lost passport or renew a passport in a hurry can take a little more time so lets get started and examine questions regarding how long it takes to get a passport, what makes it valid and more!

how long is a passport good for

How long is a passport good for?

When you take a look at your passport, on the inside front cover next to your photograph is some pertinent information regarding how long your passport is valid. The information page of the passport records basic information about the passport: its bearer's surname, given names, photo and date and place of birth, validity period,  For these purposes, lets talk about validity, how long a passport is good for. 

For individuals ages 16 or older, you would have received an adult passport which is valid for 10 years after the date it was issued. Minors / Children under the age of 16 receive passports that are valid for five years.

Note: even if a passport is valid date wise, there are two other items you need to check on if its valid.

  1. You need to make sure you have blank visa pages in your passport for entry visas and exit stamps.  Most countries require at least one blank page, some require two.
  2. You need to make sure your passport isn't damaged.  If a dog ate it and damaged the passport it may not be considered valid.  This is subjective, but its important that the information page and visa pages are not damaged prior to your flight.
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Which countries require six months of passport validity?

Sometimes, a valid passport isn't enough. The entry requirements for most countries state that a passport cannot expire within six months of arrival in that country, or in some cases, the passport cannot expire until six months after the planned exit date. Many Asian and South American countries enforce these rules.  Mexico and Canada currently don't require 6 months of validitiy, but its best to check with us or check with your airline prior to departing.

When Can You Renew Your US Passport?

So, what if your passport is expired, how do you obtain a passport renewal?   You can renew your adult assport at any time during the validity of the passport up until 5 years after the passport has expired.  To qualify to renew your passport you must still have the passport in your possession, the passport must not be damaged and again, it must be within 15 years of when the passport was issued.

Children / Minor Passports are not eligible to be renewed and the applicant must apply in person just like the first minor passport.

What to do if you lost your passport?

If you lost your pasport, you can apply for a new passport and simply complete and additional passport form stating you lost your passport.

What if I'm in a hurry to expedite my passport?

If you are in a hurry to renew or replace your passport we can help!