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 original certified documents as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship (photocopies 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 and cannot obtain a certified birth certificate that meets all the requirements listed above, 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)