Will I be Able to Come Back to the U.S. with 3 Months Validation Period on My Passport?
Question: I have heard of the validation rule where there must be a certain validation period on your passport before your passport expiration date if you wish to enter some countries. Does the United States apply this rule to U.S. citizens? Will I be able to come back to the U.S. with 3 months validity on my passport?
Answer: That is very true. Certain countries will need to see a certain amount of validity after your stay in their country. However, the United States does not require this validation period. You will be able to return to the U.S. with your passport expiring in 3 months with no problem.
Some foreign countries will require a 6 months validation period. That is after your stay in their country. Other countries may require only 3 months. Some countries might not require any validation period whatsoever. The validation period will vary from country to country. For more information on foreign country validation requirements, use the following link.
When you return to the U.S. you can apply for a renewal of your soon to expire passport. You will be able to renew your passport by mail as an adult if you were issued that passport when you were at least 16 years old, if it is not considerably damaged and if it was issued to you within the last 15 years. As a minor and getting a passport, you must appear in person at a passport application acceptance facility to renew your passport. Regular passport processing usually takes about 4-6 weeks to obtain a passport. You can use an expedited passport service which will process your passport within 2-3 weeks.
The following link will provide you with more information about applying for a renewal of your passport.