Quick facts about applying for a child's passport
- Valid for 5 years (unlike adult passports that are valid for 10 years)
- Costs less than an adult passport
- Requires two parent consent
- Cannot be renewed by mail
- Requires the DS-11 application whether a first time applicant or a returning applicant
- A passport card is wallet sized and a great form of identification for minors.
- Applying for a passport book and passport card at the same time will save you money.
What You Need to Apply
- A completed DS-11 form
- One 2”x2” passport photo
- Evidence of child’s U.S. citizenship
- Evidence of relationship between child and parent(s)/guardian(s)
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) identification and photocopy of identification
- Provide parental consent
- Pay applicable fee
For a complete list of required forms and documents visit the Minors Under Age 16 section
Tips for taking pictures of your baby
- Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby's head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo.
- Make sure there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.
- You can also cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.
Routine 4-6 Weeks
Expedited 2-3 Weeks
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
DS-3053: Statement of Consent - Issuing a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16
DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances - Issuing a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16
Applying for your child’s U.S. passport? Watch this video!