If it expires less than 6 months before the END of your planned trip, it’s time to renew!
It’s called the six-month validity rule.
It is not a requirement of the U.S. government, the rule is a requirement of other countries accepting foreign travelers. The six-month passport validity rule is enforced because nations do not want to risk having travelers and tourists overstaying their passport validity. Really, who hasn’t at least thought about staying on vacation just a little longer?
Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. That means if your passport has less than six months remaining until the expiration date, you should renew it.
- Adult passports (16 and older) for U.S. citizens are valid for ten years
- Minor passports (15 and younger) for U.S. citizens are valid for 5 years.
- Minor passports require both parents present to renew.
- Passport processing has recently increased to 6-8 weeks but can take longer during busy times.