Expiration of U.S. Passport and Term of Use

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion: I have a U.S. passport issued to me in 2006 and I am planning on a vacation to Europe in the next few months. I have not used my passport for many years and only then for a short period. Additionally my company wants me to travel overseas and have asked if I have a valid U.S. Passport. How long will my passport be good and can I use it now or do I have to renew it? What is the expiration of passport and term of use?

 Answer: An adult U.S. Passport is valid for a ten-year period. You received yours in 2006 which means on the 10-year anniversary date of the passport sometime in 2016 you will have to renew it for another 10 years if you plan to travel outside the United States. For renewing your passport, you can mail in the old one with all the necessary documents.

Some countries have travel restrictions and you should always check the State Departments Consular Information Program for travel information related to countries you may be unsure about.

You should be aware that passport’s term of use is also governed by the age of the holder. Minors have different valid passport life than adults.