Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

31. For how long is a US passport valid?

If you were:

  1. 16 years or older when the passport was issued, then your passport is valid for 10 years
  2. 15 years or younger when the passport was issued, then your passport is valid for five years

32. How can I change my name on my U.S. passport?

You will need to complete Form DS-19, Passport Amendment/Validation Application, and submit it along with the following:

  1. Certified documentation of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree with your new name)
  2. Your current, valid passport
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33. How do I get a U.S. passport for my child under 18?

If your child is under 14, then:

  1. Both parents or legal guardians, can apply for your child
  2. Your child need not appear in person
  3. New legislation requires both parents’ or legal guardians’ consent for applications for minors under age 14
  4. Both parents or legal guardians must show current, valid ID
  5. If you do not have acceptable ID, someone with current, valid ID must vouch for you

If your child is under 17, then:

  1. Your parental consent may be requested
  2. Your child must appear in person

34. How do I sign my child's U.S. passport if my child is too young to sign?

In the space provided for the signature, the mother or father must print the child’s name and sign their own name. Then, in parenthesis by the parent’s name, write the word (mother) or (father).

35. Who should maintain a valid U.S. passport?

Passport Services recommends that the following U.S. citizens maintain valid U.S. passports. Those:

  1. With family living or traveling abroad
  2. Thinking about a vacation abroad
  3. With a job that could require international travel