When am I required to use a passport?

•    No matter what age you are, you must use a passport when you are flying out of the country to re-enter the United States. 

•    You may also use your passport when travelling by land or sea to Canada or Mexico. Other options: you can use your passport card or NYS Enhanced Driver’s License. 

•    If you are under 16 years of age and don’t have a passport book/card, you will only need your birth certificate when you travel by land or sea to Canada or Mexico. However, the adult(s) accompanying you will be required to have the proper documentation to re-enter the United States.


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1. What is the difference between a passport book and a passport card?
2. How much does a passport cost and how long does it take to get one? What are acceptable payments?
3. How long is a passport good for?
4. Can I still renew my passport even though it has expired, or do I have to pay the processing fee again?
5. I am travelling overseas and my passport only has a few months left on it before it expires. Should I renew my passport before my trip?
6. What do I do if my passport is expired for more than 5 years? What documents do I need to apply for a new passport?
7. When am I required to use a passport?
8. What if one parent cannot be present when applying for a passport for their child under the age of 16?