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I'm holding American passport when I enter the States on Sep 22 2012, with a passport that has the expiry date on Mar 2 2013. So it has slightly less than 6 months validity left, about 5 months and 9 days.

Will this be a problem? Or can US citizens enter the States with or without 6 months validity left on their passport?

  • Recall too that you can quite easily renew that US passport, in whatever country you are living. So if you're living in Germany, Thailand or whatever (you have a few passports) - consider just renewing the US passport there in that country (just go to the embassy web site). Though, there is something to be said for renewing passport from country X actually in country X, the "where was it issued" question is more straightforward then. – Fattie Sep 27 '16 at 11:05
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You certainly can enter the United States as a US citizen even if your passport has less than 6 months of validity left.

(For non-US-citizens, it depends on whether their country is in the "six-month club", i.e. exempt from the the six-month rule. A lot of counties are exempt from it.)

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    (I'd guess a US citizen can enter their own country even with an expired passport... not sure about that though.) – Jonik Sep 15 '12 at 17:50
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    Technically a US citizen can enter the US without a passport at all - it just makes it difficult to prove that you are a US citizen! – Doc Sep 15 '12 at 18:12

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