Passports for Minors Age 16 and 17
Use Form DS-11 or Form DS-82 (restrictions apply)
A parent can identify a minor that does not have his or her own identification
Minors ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves. However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the minor to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.
NOTE: Although the two-parent consent requirement does not apply to minors aged 16 or 17, per Department regulations a passport generally will not be issued to a minor if a parent or legal guardian who has custodial rights over a minor has notified the Department in writing that he or she objects to issuance of the passport.
Examples of Parental Awareness
- Having a parent accompany the minor when applying, or
- A signed statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent’s ID).
Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
You must submit one of the following certified documents as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship (photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable):
- Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (must meet all of the following requirements):
- Issued by City, County, or State of birth
- Lists bearer’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
- Lists parent(s) full names
- Has date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
- Has registrar’s signature
- Has embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal of registrar
- Previous U.S. Passport (may be expired, must be undamaged)
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Naturalization Certificate
- Certificate of Citizenship
If you were born in the United States, but a birth record that meets the above requirements does not exist, you will need to submit a combination of documents as secondary evidence of U.S. citizenship, such as:
- Delayed birth certificate (filed after one year of birth)
- Hospital records
- Religious records (certificate of baptism, communion, blessing, family bible, etc.)
- Early school records
If you have never had a birth certificate filed, see required documents.
If you have previously been issued a passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and it is not available to submit with your application, you may request a file search.
When you submit your application, you must present one of the following primary photo identification documents, and submit a photocopy of that document:
- Valid Driver’s License (plus a second ID if issued in a different state than where you apply)
- Undamaged U.S. Passport (if issued less than 15 years ago)
- Certificate of Naturalization or citizenship
- Valid government ID (city, state, or federal)
- Valid Military ID
If you do not have any of the above documents, you will need to submit a combination of secondary identification documents with a photo and signature, such as:
- Expired Driver’s License
- State-issued ID Card
- Student ID Card
- Employment ID Card
You must provide one passport photograph. The photo must be:
- In color
- 2” x 2” in size
- Printed on photo-quality paper
- Taken within the past 6 months showing current appearance
- Full face, front view
- Taken on a plain white or off-white background
- Between 1” and 1 3/8” from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
- Taken in normal street attire:
- Uniforms should not be worn, except daily religious attire (statement must be submitted)
- Hats or headgear should not be worn (except daily religious attire)
- If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig, or similar articles, they should be worn in your photo
- Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are unacceptable unless worn for medical reasons (statement must be submitted)
Articles worn for religious or medical reasons should be accompanied by a statement to that effect.
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
Used by minors ages 16-17 to apply for a passport.
DS-82: Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals
Used exclusively by minors age 17 who have had a passport issued after their 16th birthday, that is over one year old, and can be submitted with the application.
Please see Passport Fees for a listing of current passport fees and acceptable methods of payment.
Submitting the Application
Minors, ages 16 and 17, must apply in person at a passport agency or authorized passport acceptance facility. when using form DS-11. It is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the minor.
|Expedited at Agency||8 business days*|
*Based on need; restrictions apply
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals (By Mail)