U.S. Passport Information for Children

U.S. Passport Information for Children
Regardless of age, all U.S. citizens must have passports to travel internationally. Before you plan that epic family trip, make sure that you are up to date on all of the passport requirements for children.

Minor Status

Anyone under age 16 is considered a minor. Applicants aged 16 or 17 must apply for an adult passport book, although special requirements may apply.

Application Process

Applications for children's passports must be made in person. Both parents or guardians must be present with the child at the time of application.

Required Documents

Each time a child under age 16 applies for a passport, Form DS-11 must be used. You can access the form online at the link in the reference section. Proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of parental relationship, the child's Social Security number and photo identification of both parents must be provided. A photocopy of each form of identification presented is also required. Two passport photos, taken in normal attire, must accompany the application.


Passports granted for children under age 16 are valid for five years. After expiration, the child and parents must apply in person if the child is still under age 16.


A passport book for a minor costs $60, while a passport card costs $10. Since the child needs to apply in person, a $25 execution fee is also required. For both a passport book and a passport card, the total cost is $95, including the execution fee.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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