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How to Renew Your Passport Book or Card

If you’re thinking about planning a trip abroad over the holidays, you and your family will need to have updated passports.

All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally.

Renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires. Certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to six months after your trip. Some airlines do not allow you to board if you don’t meet this requirement.

You cannot renew your passport if any of the following are true, but must apply for a new one in person instead:

  • Your current passport was issued before your 16th birthday
  • Your current passport was lost or stolen; report the loss or theft
  • You meet any other condition that requires you to get a passport in person

Renew your U.S. passport:

Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) for assistance and/or information:

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