All passport applicants under 16 must apply in person using Form DS-11.
Please note: Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years.
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
You must submit one of the following U.S. citizenship documents for your child. Your evidence must be an original or certified copy. Photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable.
If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents for your child, or for more information, please see Citizenship Evidence.
Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re submitting.
Photocopies must be:
If you don't want to submit a photocopy of your citizenship evidence, you may submit a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, which we will keep. If you don’t submit a photocopy or a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, your passport processing could be delayed.
You must submit documentation that lists the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child applying for a passport.
The following may be used to show parental relationship:
Please note: Some documents, like a U.S. birth certificate, show both U.S. citizenship and parental relationship. These documents must be originals or certified copies (not photocopies).
The parents/guardians must present one of the following identification documents (IDs) to the acceptance agent:
If you cannot present one of the IDs above, or for more information, please see Identification.
Please note: If you present out-of-state identification, you must present an additional ID.
Submit a photocopy of the front and back of each ID that you present to the acceptance agent.
Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child's passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the child in person to apply for the passport.
What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?
|You have sole legal authority||You must submit evidence of this with the application. Examples include:
|One parent unable to appear||
If one parent/guardian cannot go with the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent." You must submit the completed form with the child's passport application. The parent that cannot go with the child must:
Please note: In certain countries, a DS-3053 must be notarized at a U.S. embassy or consulate and cannot be notarized by a local notary public. Currently, these countries are Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.
|You cannot locate the other parent||
|Neither parent able to appear||
A third party may apply for the child's passport with a notarized statement from both parents/guardians giving that third party permission to apply for the child.
Please Note: Written authorization from the parent that cannot appear in person must be less than three months old.
You must provide one photo of the child with the application.
Tips for taking photos of infants and newborns:
To avoid processing delays, be sure the photo meets all photo requirements.
Inside the United States:
Outside the United States:
Please contact your U.S. Embassy and Consulate for how to submit your child's documents, since processes vary.
No, children applicants under 16 are not eligible to mail in their passport applications. Additionally, the Department of State does not currently have the option to submit passport applications online.
Some acceptance facilities require appointments and others do not. We recommend calling the acceptance facility ahead of time to verify their hours, acceptable forms of payment, and appointment requirements. Find your acceptance facility.
No, your passports will be mailed back separately. In addition, your citizenship evidence generally will be mailed back separately from your new passport.
Newly-issued passport books are delivered using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, unless you pay for Priority Express return service when you apply.
All passport cards are mailed using First Class Mail. Passport cards cannot be delivered using Priority Express.
Families may write one check or money order to the U.S. Department of State for their passport application fees if they are applying in person at the same time. The check or money order must include the name and date of birth of each applicant.
All other applicants must submit individual checks or money orders to the U.S. Department of State for their passport application fees. Please include the applicant's name and date of birth on the check or money order.
You and your child may have different last names, as long as the parental relationship document lists your full name. If your name has changed from that on the parental relationship document, please submit proof of your legal name change (e.g. marriage certificate or court order).
Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction. If a passport application is submitted for a child who is enrolled in CPIAP, we attempt to alert the parent(s) to verify whether they approve passport issuance.
If you choose not to submit a photocopy, you may submit a second certified copy of your child's birth certificate. We will keep this second certified copy for our records.