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Minor Passport Applicants
 

Minor Applicant Applying for their FIRST Passport – for RENEWALS see below  

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.

Minors applying for a passport for the first time NEED AN APPOINTMENT.

At the time of the appointment, the minor and both parents must:

1. Appear in person. For cases where one or both parents are unavailable to appear in person, click here.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. Provide evidence of relationship between the minor and parents or guardians (such as a birth certificate or court order of legal custody) and government-issued identification for both parents.

5. Provide evidence of two-parent consent. U.S. law requires that all parents listed on the birth certificate or all legal guardians provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors ages 15 and under. For applicants ages 16-17 only one parent or guardian must provide consent. For more information on consent requirements click here.

6. Provide secondary evidence of identification and birth in the United States. Examples of secondary identification include school records with a photo and the applicant’s name. Examples of secondary birth records include vaccination records, hospital birth certificate with footprint, hospital bills and bracelets, and baptism certificates from the United States.

7. If the child is registered as having been born in Mexico, please bring the Mexican birth certificate as well.

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.  Failure to bring these documents to the interview may result in delayed processing for your case. Normal processing time is between 3-6 weeks.   

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE BRING ORIGINALS AND ONE SET OF PHOTOCOPIES OF EACH DOCUMENT. IF YOU DO NOT BRING PHOTOCOPIES YOU WILL BE CHARGED $1 USD PER COPY MADE AT THE EMBASSY.

Please read this important note for travel of minors.  

 

Renewing a Passport for a Minor?

This can be done without an appointment, for children 17 and under.

When?

Monday through Friday except U.S. and Mexican Holidays, please check our Consular calendar.

What time?

Arrive at Embassy between 1:30-2:30 pm ONLY (you must enter the Embassy building by 2:30pm).

What do you need?

  • Old passport (must have expired within last two years)
  • Application form DS-11
  • 1 passport-sized photo (this can be taken at the Embassy for a fee)
  • Both parents/guardians present OR one parent/guardian present + other parent’s/guardian’s notarized consent
  • Parents’ or guardians’ current government-issued identifications
  • Child must be at interview
  • Provide evidence of relationship between the minor and parents (such as a birth certificate, court order of legal custody). Please note that we cannot accept birth certificates issued in Mexico stating a birth occurred in the U.S. or issued by a Mexican Consulate in the U.S.
  • For children 15 and under (5 year validity) to be paid at the Embassy in cash or credit card:
    • Passport book ONLY $105 USD fee
    • Passport book and card $120 USD fee
    • Passport card ONLY $40 USD fee
  • For 16 and 17 year olds (10 year validity) to be paid at the Embassy in cash or credit card:
    • Passport book ONLY $135 USD fee
    • Passport book and card $165 USD fee
    • Passport card ONLY $55 USD fee

 

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE BRING ORIGINALS AND ONE SET OF PHOTOCOPIES OF EACH DOCUMENT. IF YOU DO NOT BRING PHOTOCOPIES YOU WILL BE CHARGED $1 USD PER COPY MADE AT THE EMBASSY.

NOTE: If you have already made a morning appointment, please cancel that appointment in the appointment system.  Keep in mind that passports take four weeks to receive, so please plan accordingly.

For more information about passports in general, visit the Embassy’s website