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Special Requirements for Minors Under 16
 

U.S. law requires that both parents provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors under age 16.  Please carefully read the information below, and follow the instructions that best apply to your circumstance:

If both parents are present at interview, you  MUST:

  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer

 

If one parent is present at interview, you  MUST: 

  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer
  • Submit the second parents' Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053), signed and notarized within the last three months. Note:  in the place of the DS-3053 a notarized statement including the following information will also be accepted:
    • The minor's full name;
    • The minor's date of birth;
    • The relationship between the non-appearing parent and the minor (i.e. mother or father);
    • Language giving consent to the issuance of a U.S. passport to the minor; and
    • A copy of a government-issued ID of the non-appearing parent with a photograph and signature.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If none of the above documentation is available, the applying parent must submit Form DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances) stating why the non-applying parent/guardian's consent cannot be obtained. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. The applying parent also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstances.

 

 

If the one parent present at interview has sole legal custody, you
MUST:

 

  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of an Acceptance Agent
  • Submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following:
    • Minor's certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only the applying parent
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only the applying parent
    • Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child's travel is restricted by that order)
    • Adoption decree (if applying parents is sole adopting parent)
    • Court order specifically permitting applying parent's or guardian's travel with the child
    • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent
    • Death certificate of non-applying parent

If a third party, non-parent is applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 16 you
MUST:

  • Submit a notarized written statement or affidavit from either parents or guardians authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport, and signed and notarized within the last three months.
  • When the statement of affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) if: You are the non-applying parent or guardian providing written consent for your minor child to apply for a U.S. passport because you are unable to appear in person with your child.

Submit Form DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent Special Family Circumstances) if: You are the applying parent or guardian, and the written consent of the non-applying parent or guardian cannot be obtained.