When traveling internationally, some countries require that visitor’s passport be valid for a period of six months upon arrival within the borders. For this reason, some travelers may find that they need to renew a passport that is not yet expired.
The U.S. Passport Agency places no restrictions on passport holders who wish to renew passports before the expiration date. In fact, the only renewal requirements are that the passport holder received the most recent passport at age 16 or older and that the issue date of the most recent passport is within the last 15 years.
When issued, the valid period for U.S. passports varies based on the passport applicant’s age at the time of application. For adults, a passport has a valid term of 10 years. For minors under the age of 16 at time of application, the passport is valid for just five years. For minors with an age of 16 or 17 at the time of the application, the passport is valid for the standard 10 year period.
Whether a valid passport is lost, misplaced or doesn’t meet the validity requirements of another country, U.S. passport holders can renew passports at any time before they expire.