Applying for Minor Children Age 17 and Under

Everyone applying for a passport MUST appear in person, including infants and children.

For passport purposes, there are two categories of "minors":

For minor children age 15 and under 

When applying for a passport for the first time or renewing an expired minor passport please bring the following:

  • You will need to complete the Application for U.S. Passport (Form DS-11).
  • Bring the child's certified birth certificate.
  • If the child has a previous U.S. Passport Book or Card (expired or not) bring it so that it can be used as proof of citizenship.
  • BOTH birth parents must appear together with the child and provide proof of their identity – a valid driver’s license, U.S. Passport, U.S. Naturalization Certificate or government/military I.D. w/photo and signature. 
  • If both parents are not available, one parent must appear and submit the non-appearing parent’s notarized Statement of Consent or Special Circumstances (Form DS-3053) and a photocopy of the non-appearing parent's identification (front and back). The form is available in the City Clerk’s Office, or you can use the “Application Wizard” (see Resources to the right).
  • One parent can submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply, such as a certified court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless the child’s travel is restricted by that order). If submitting a court document, it must be the original document, which will be returned to you along with the passport.
  • Minor children age 15 and under pay the Minor Applicant fee for passport books and cards and their passports will only be valid for 5 years. Please see the Resources box to the right for a link to current "Passport Fees."

For minor children age 16 and 17

When applying for a passport for the first time or renewing an expired minor passport please bring the following:

  • You will need to complete the Application for U.S. Passport (Form DS-11).
  • Bring the child's certified birth certificate.
  • If the child has a previous U.S. Passport Book or Card (expired or not) bring it so that it can be used as proof of citizenship. 
  • It is preferred that at least one parent appear with the applying child age 16 and 17. Many times minors in this age group may have only a learner’s permit or school I.D. Their parent can provide his/her proper I.D. and sign along with the minor.
  • Children age 16 and 17 pay the Adult Applicant fee for passport books and cards. 

 

The child's age is based on the date the completed application form is signed by the Acceptance Agent. Please feel free to call us regarding any special circumstances you may have. We can be reached at 720-898-7550.