As far as I know, UK child passports are valid for 5 years, with no exceptions.

However, I got a passport in (I think) 2004, shortly before my tenth birthday, which didn't expire until 2014. By that point, as you might expect, I looked very little like my passport photo, which depicted a nine-year-old, but my passport was still valid. I even managed to get into the United States at JFK airport with it.

Obviously, the passport has expired by now, and I currently have a normal 10-year adult passport. My question, asked purely out of curiosity, is, how did this happen? Are there any other cases of children being given 10-year passports? What are/were the criteria?

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  • I think you should visit the passport office today so get the information from there. – user61366 May 19 '17 at 11:12
  • Sounds like a mistake... – Thomas May 19 '17 at 11:30
  • I thought you were supposed to pay for a 10 year passport (because they didn't have a price for a 5 year child passport), and then after 5 years you were supposed to get the photo changed (for free / minimal admin fee). – AndyT May 19 '17 at 11:34
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    @user61366 I could visit the passport office, but it'd be a long journey for a casual question about a now-expired passport. (The nearest passport office is 70 miles away!) – georgewatson May 19 '17 at 12:11
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about an actual travel problem faced by the OP. – mts May 25 '17 at 17:22

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