How to get a new passport for a child under age 16
All children, including infants, must have a passport for international travel by air. (Please note: passports issued to children under the age of 16 are valid for 5 years only and if your child has an expired passport, it cannot be renewed and a new passport must be secured.)
To apply for a new passport for your child, you and your child will need to appear in person at a passport acceptance agency. Click here to find the passport acceptance office nearest you. You can also call 1-800-275-8777 for the location nearest you.
BOTH parents should appear in person. If only one parent can appear, the parent making the appearance must submit the second parent’s written, signed and notarized Statement of Consent Form in order for the child to be issued a passport. Click here to download the DS-3053 consent form.
At the acceptance facility, you will need to provide the following:
1. CHILD’S PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
You will need to provide ONE of the following
- Certified Birth Certificate (raised seal) if you don’t have one, click here to order a certified copy
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Original Naturalization Certificate
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
2. PROOF OF PARENTS RELATIONSHIP TO CHILD
Parents or legal guardians applying for a child must submit an original or certified copy of ONE of the following:
- Certified U.S. birth certificate of the applicant (with both parents’ names)
- Certified Foreign Birth Certificate of the applicant (with both parents’ names)
- Report of Birth Abroad (with both parents’ names)
- Certification of Birth Abroad (with both parents’ names)
- Adoption Decree (with adopting parents’ names)
- Court Order Establishing Custody of the applicant
- Court Order Establishing Guardianship of the applicant.
- If the name of the parent/guardian is other than that on the document, evidence of legal name change is required.
3. PARENT’S PROOF OF IDENTITY
In order to prove the parent’s or guardian’s identity to the acceptance agent, each parent or guardian must submit ONE of the following:
- Valid driver’s license
- State-issued identification (issued more than 6 months ago)
- Valid official U.S. Government ID
- Valid official U.S. military picture ID
- Valid U.S. or foreign passport with photo
- Naturalization/Citizenship Certificate from BCIS with photo
- BCIS Alien Resident Card
4. DS-11 APPLICATION FOR A NEW PASSPORT
Click here to download the DS-11 form
(Do NOT sign the DS-11 until you are instructed to do so by the acceptance agent.)
5. PASSPORT PHOTOS
Go to a passport photographer and have your passport photos taken.
Click here for passport photo requirements and where to have photos made
6. CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR BANK DRAFT TO PAY APPLICATION FEES
You will need to provide two separate checks for fees:
- payment of $80 payable to U.S. Department of State
- payment of $25 payable to the acceptance facility
Here’s what you can expect to happen at the passport acceptance facility.
The passport acceptance agent will:
- Witness the parents or child signing DS-11 form (Do not sign until asked to do so)
- Check identification to verify parent’s identity
- Attach child’s proof of citizenship documents to the application
- Attach child’s photos to the application
- Receive payments for child’s passport application
At this point, the acceptance agent will send your child’s documents to the U.S. Passport Agency. You will receive your child’s new passport in the mail in about 6-8 weeks together with your child’s documents. Please note: Your child’s passport is valid for only 5 years.
When you receive your child’s passport, if the child is under 14, in the space provided for signature, the mother or father must print the child’s name and sign their own name. Then, in parenthesis by the parent’s signature, write the word (mother) or (father) so authorities will know who signed for the child. If the child is 14 or 15, the child should sign.
Call National Passport Services at 1-877-487-2778 or visit www.travel.state.gov