You cannot travel with an expired passport.

In the United States, passports are the primary form of identification for international travel. They must be valid, not only at the time of your departure, but often for at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. This is a requirement of many countries to ensure that you do not overstay your visit.

If your passport is expired, you will need to renew it before you travel. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs manages passport applications and renewals. You can apply for a passport renewal by mail if your current passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your application, was issued when you were age 16 or older, was issued within the last 15 years, and was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).

If any of these conditions do not apply, you must apply in person using Form DS-11. The process can take several weeks, so it’s best to start well before your planned travel dates.

If you need to travel urgently and your passport is expired, the Department of State offers expedited services. However, these services often require proof of immediate international travel, such as a purchased airline ticket.

Remember, traveling with an expired passport can lead to unnecessary stress and potential problems, including being denied boarding on your flight or entry into the country you’re visiting. Always check your passport’s expiration date well in advance of any international travel to ensure a smooth journey.

Additional resources

In addition to government websites, there are several other government resources that can provide relevant information about traveling with an expired passport.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is a key resource. It provides comprehensive information about passport validity, renewal, and travel regulations.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also offers information about identification requirements for traveling within the U.S.

For international travel, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides guidelines about re-entering the U.S. and what documents are required.

The websites of U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the country you plan to visit can provide specific information about entry and exit requirements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can provide health-related travel advisories that might affect your travel plans.

Lastly, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers consumer information about travel scams that could potentially impact travelers with expired passports.

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