Minor Passport Applicants
Minor Passport Applicants (First Time & Renewals)
All minors (i.e., applicants under the age of 18) -- including newborns and infants -- must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air. Applicants aged 18 or older are considered adult applicants and should follow instructions for Adult Fist-Time Passport Applicants or Adult Passport Renewals.
At the time of the appointment, the minor and parents must:
- Appear in person. For cases where one or both parents are unavailable to appear in person, see #6 below.
- Complete passport application form DS-11. Note: Do not sign the DS-11 until you come to the Embassy; it must be signed in front of the Consular Officer.
- Provide evidence of minor's U.S. citizenship. One of the following documents is required:
- Original U.S. birth certificate in long form.
- U.S Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
- U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship.
- Provide the previously issued undamaged passport if renewing a minor's passport.
- Provide evidence of relationship between the minor and parents (such as a birth certificate, court order of legal custody) and government-issued identification for both parents.
- Provide two parent consent. U.S. law requires that both parents provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors under age 16. (Minors aged 16-17 need only one parent present at time of interview.) Parents must do one of the following:
- Both parents must appear in person and sign the DS-11 in front of the Consular Officer; or
- One parent must appear in person and sign the DS-11 in front of the Consular Officer, and submits the second parent’s notarized statement of consent (DS-3053)Note: Statements of consent from the non-applying parents must be less than 3 months old and must contain the minor’s full name and date of birth. A copy of a government-issued photo ID showing the full name and signature of the non-appearing parent must be submitted.
- One parent must appear in person, sign the DS-11 in front of the Consular Officer, and provide evidence of sole legal custody (for example the child’s birth certificate listing only the applying parent, a court order granting sole legal custody, or the non-applying parent’s death certificate); or
- A third party may apply for the minor’s passport by submitting a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents authorizing the third party to apply for the passport. If the statement or affidavit is only from one parent the third party must present evidence of sole legal custody of the authorizing parent.
Please note that the above is required documentation for all minor applicants, but the Embassy may require additional documentation to verify citizenship, identity, parental relationship or other matters. All these documents are required at the time of your appointment. To make an appointment, click here.
Please read this important note for travel of minors.