How Long Does a Passport Last?

How Long Does a Passport Last?
How Long Does a Passport Last?
Most passports are issued for a term of one decade; however, the matter of how long they last might not be so simple. Most foreign governments have the requirement that your passport not expire in the near future, so even if it is still technically valid, they may not accept it. Minors, heavy travelers and the recently married all have special circumstances that might affect the validity of their passport.

Passports for adult civilians are valid for 10 years.


Passports issued to minors under the age of 16 are valid for 5 years. Those issued to 16- and 17-year-old minors are valid for 10 years.

Foreign Requirements

Most foreign immigration services require that passports presented to them be valid for at least the next 6 months. Therefore, even if the passport has not legally expired, a passport with less than 6 months validity may be rejected by a foreign government.

Extra Pages

Another limit is that passports only last so long as they have blank visa pages available. The U.S. Department of State will amend a passport and add extra pages, but it will only do this once and future extensions will require replacement of the entire passport.

Legal Name Change

In the event of a legal name change, due to a wedding or personal choice, the passport must be replaced with a new one.

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.
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