Passport InformationQ:How long is a passport valid and when should I renew my passport? a:If you were over age 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years. If you were age 15 or younger when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years. The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card. If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html A valid passport is required to travel outside the country! If you do not have one, look into getting one ASAP. Although you can obtain a passport somewhat quickly if you need to, there are fees associated with expedited service. Please visit the following site to the nearest location to apply for a passport near you.
Entry / Exit Requirements
Travelers heading to the Dominican Republic will need to have a valid U.S. passport with them when entering and exiting the country. If you enter the Dominican Republic via air or sea travel without documents, you may be sent directly back to the United States. If you do not obtain a visa prior to arriving in the Dominican Republic, you must purchase a tourist card upon arrival. You can also purchase the tourist card at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or at the Dominican airports at entry. Keep in mind that:
Tourist cards normally permit a legal stay of up to 60 days. Visitors who would like to extend their time in the Dominican Republic should visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension. Failure to request an extension will subject the visitor to a surcharge at the airport upon departure. The surcharge, assessed on a sliding scale, ranges from $30 for one month to as high as $500 for five years