USA Passports for Children

USA Passports for Children
All children age 16 and under must have a passport for international travel. They must apply for a passport in person at a local acceptance facility with both parents or guardians. In addition to the passport application and documentation required for all passport applications, parental consent and identification is also required for minors applying for a passport.

Application Form

A passport application, Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport, must be completed for the child. The form must include a valid Social Security Number, and should not be signed until prompted by staff at the acceptance facility (see Resources).

U.S. Citizenship

Evidence of the child's U.S. citizenship must be included with the application. Such evidence can include a birth or citizenship certificate.

Proof of Relationships

Parents or guardians must demonstrate their relationship to the child by submitting appropriate documentation. This can include a birth certificate listing parents' names, adoption decree or a court order appointing a guardian for the child.

Parent/Guardian Identification

The parent or guardian must show identification, in the form of a driver's license, passport or others, when applying for a passport in person. Also, a photocopy of all identification must be submitted with the application.

Parental Consent

Parents and guardians must provide consent for the child's passport application. This can be done in several ways, depending on the parent-child relationship and situation, such as applying in person with the child and submitting evidence of sole custody, notarized statements from an absent parent, court orders, death certificates and others.

Photos and Fees

Color passport photos are required for all passports. The photos must be identical and taken within the last six months. Fees for passports vary; consult with staff at the acceptance facility for more information (see Resources).

Article Written By Erica Sweeney

Erica Sweeney is a freelance writer and editor based in Little Rock, Ark. She has a master's in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her work has been published at SaidIt.org, Arkansas Times, Aging Arkansas and Arkansas Business.

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