Valid Time Frame – What Is The Valid Time Frame For Child’s Passport?
Question: My daughter will be turning 18 in a few weeks and we will be traveling to Mexico a week after her birthday. We got her a passport when she was 14 years old. I would like to know what her passport’s valid time frame will be when she turns 18. Will it be as an adult? Thanks
Answer: Since you have obtained a passport for your daughter when she was a minor, her passport will only have a valid time frame of 5 years as opposed to an adult’s passport which will have a valid time frame of 10 years. Since 4 years past, she can travel to Mexico with you. Passports given to minors expire 5 years after. It does not expire when your child turns 18. You can find the expiration date in your daughter’s passport in the data page in her passport book.
However, you must renew her passport in one year. Since her passport is now 4 years old and a minor passport expires in 5 years. She can now renew her passport by mail. So, she does not need to appear at a passport application acceptance facility to renew her passport. Your daughter is not a minor anymore and now must follow an adult process. In addition, she no longer need to be accompany by an adult. Nor does she need a notarized consent from at least one parent that states that the parent is aware that she is submitting an application for a passport. Regular passport processing usually takes about 4-6 weeks to obtain a passport. You can use and expedited passport service which will process your passport within 2-3 weeks.