Parent or Legal Guardian must submit evidence of this with the application.
Please Note: U.S. Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years
1. A Completed UNSIGNED DS-11 Form
2. The Minor’s Birth Certificate
3. Sole Legal Authority Document
3. A Valid ID
4. The Minor's 2x2 Passport Photo
-If the minor's name does not match the name on the Birth Certificate or Sole Legal Authority Document then you must provide evidence of a legal name change.
-The minor's Birth Certificate will be mailed off with a copy we will make at our office, but will be returned to you at the same time as the passport.
NOTE: You can get a valid copy of the minor's Birth Certificate here in our office.
-Complete court order granting you sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other custody order
-Complete court order specifically permitting you to apply for your child’s passport (photocopy is acceptable)
-Certified copy of the child's birth certificate listing you as the only parent
-Certified copy of an adoption decree listing you as the only parent
-Certified copy of the judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person
-Certified copy of the death certificate of the parent that cannot appear in person
Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) must submit documentation that lists the relationship of the minor they are applying for.
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).
You must submit one of the following U.S. citizenship documents for your minor. Your evidence must be an original or certified copy. Photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable.
Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re providing.
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.
The parents/guardians must present one of the following identification documents (IDs):
Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of each ID that you present when you apply.
Photocopies must be:
You must provide one photo with your passport application.
Please note: Do not attach your photo to the form before submitting it to the acceptance agent.
Tips for taking photos of infants and newborns:
Please note: The application fee and the execution fee are paid separately
Please have the following when coming in for your U.S. Passport:
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.
When completing your child's passport application, we recommend you add your name in the “In Care Of” part of the Mailing Address section on Form DS-11.
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.