All children under age 16 must apply for a passport in person with two parents or guardians using Form DS-11. You cannot renew your child’s passport using the same form. This can lead to delays and other issues that must be addressed by contacting the Department of State (DOS).
If your child is under 16 years old, you’ll need to make an appointment at a U.S. Passport Office to get their passport. If you bring both parents or guardians with you, we’ll complete the application for you. This is because all children under age 16 must apply for a passport in person with two parents or guardians using Form DS-11. You cannot renew your child’s passport using Form DS-82 if they do not meet the age requirement of 16 years old (or applying without parents).
This is a new passport for babies in the U.S. All children under age 16 must apply for a passport in person with two parents or guardians using Form DS-11.
You can’t take your child’s passport application to the post office. All children under age 16 must apply for a passport in person using Form DS-11. You need to include one parent, guardian or adult family member with you who has proof of their identity with them when applying.
Apply for a passport for your child. Children under the age of 16 require both parents or guardians to apply for their passport in person, who then become the legal custodians of their child’s travel document. Parents must apply for their child’s passport using Form DS-11 …
If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16, traveling with your children on international and domestic flights, you will need to apply for a passport for each child. You cannot renew your child’s passport using Form DS-82–you must provide the information on Form DS-11 along with original birth documents.
U S Passport Application
DHS provides information on the passport application process, obtaining a visa, border crossing documents, and general travel tips. U.S. Citizens must get a passport issued by the U.S. Department of State to travel overseas.
Passports for minor children under age 16
To apply for a new passport for your child under age 16, you may use the following guidance to prepare:
- Fill out and print FORM DS-11
- Social Security Number requirement
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
- Proof of relation between person(s) signing and applicant
- Proof of your identity
- One 2″x2″ U.S. format color passport photo of your child
- Bring Photocopies
- Both parents must consent to the issuance of a passport to a minor child
- Passport Application Fee
- Set up your appointment
- New passport will be delivered by mail
Passports are printed in the United States with a secure photo-digitized image of the bearer. Allow for up to 4 to 6 weeks for your application to be processed.
How to sign a minor’s passport
Until a passport holder is 16 years of age, one of the parents, or legal guardian, must sign the passport. Click here for a sample of how to do this.
Passports for a baby born in The Netherlands
When applying for a first passport for a baby born in The Netherlands, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and first passport can be applied for simultaneously. Click here to prepare for such an application.
Arranging Notarized Consent if one parent cannot attend the passport application interview
Though in no way endorsed by the U.S. Consulate, the following websites may be useful to you in arranging notarized consent:
The Department of State has rules to prevent children from being issued U.S. passports without the consent of both parents. It also has programs to protect children involved in custody disputes. They work to prevent a parent from taking a child abroad without the other parent’s consent.