Children’s Passport Requirements in USA You Need To Know

Phil and I just started thinking about travel plans for this summer.  We are not sure where we want to go yet, but we do know that we want to travel internationally.  As we were brainstorming and researching summer travel destinations, I vaguely remembered that children’s passport requirements in USA are quite different than the adult requirements and that they don’t last as long as adult passports.  So, I went to go check Z.E.N.’s passport and sure enough, his passport will be expiring in April.

Children's Passport Requirements in USA You Need To Know

Luckily, I caught this in time!

The very next day, we had new passport photos taken so that we could apply for a new passport for him.

Z.E.N. new passport photos

Turns out, you can’t renew a child’s passport if they are under 16 years of age, so we had to fill out a whole new application.  We submitted the application today, so his new passport should arrive in about 4-6 weeks.

Children passport requirements and information for children under 16 years of age can be found here.

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at


    • Z.E.N. has has done quite a bit of international travel. When he was just 10 months old he traveled to Guyana in South America. Since then he’s been to St. Croix, Barbados, Canada, and Mexico.

  • Funny you should blog about this. I keep saying I’ll get my sons passport but been dragging my feet. No more putting it off. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Yeah, good you realized early… With all that goes into traveling abroad (especially with a young child), these kinds of logistics can often fall by the wayside. The good news for people who forget to get their passports in order is that you can usually get a rush job for an extra fee…not ideal, but better than missing your trip!

    • So true. About 8 years ago, my hubby had to get a rushed passport. I can’t remember what the fee was, but I do remember that it was pricey!

Children’s Passport Requirements in USA You Need To Know

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