For children under age 16, both parents and the child must personally appear at the U.S. Embassy.
- Completed, but not signed, Form DS-11 (PDF 104 KB) — Do Not Sign until instructed to by a consular officer. If the applicant has a social security number, it MUST be included in the application in order for the application to be considered complete.
- Two full-face 2 inch-by-2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.
Evidence of the child’s relationship to the parents/guardians, such as an original birth certificate or consular report of birth abroad.
- Previous U.S. passports are not acceptable as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s).
- Proof of identity for both parents.
- Proof of child’s citizenship, such as a previous U.S. passport or original birth certificate.
- Proof of child’s identity, such as a photo ID.
- Photo age progression – Passport renewals for children whose most recent passport was issued under the age of 5 should present one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age.
- Cash fee of $105 or equivalent in CFA.
Note: All documents must be submitted in original or certified copy with one photo copy of each.
If a parent cannot personally appear and sign the Form DS-11 (PDF 104 KB), then the other parent must submit:
- An original notarized statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child, or
- A completed Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16)
- The absent parent’s identification information. A copy of his/her ID may be used for this purpose.
A parent who has sole authority to apply for a passport must present proof, such as a birth certificate listing only the applying parent; a court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order); a court order specifically permitting applying parent’s or guardian’s travel with the child; or a death certificate of non-applying parent.
If neither parent is physically present, the adult accompanying the child must present:
- An original power of attorney from both parents authorizing that person to act in the parents’ capacity, and
- An original notarized consent statements from both parents
Note: Incomplete applications may be asked to return at a later date.