For children under age 16, both parents and the child must personally appear at the U.S. Embassy. If the parents cannot attend the interview, please see additional requirements below.
- Completed, but not signed, Form DS-11(PDF 104 KB). You may also use the form-filler on our website to print off the application. — 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 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background. Photo shops in Dakar
- Evidence of the child’s relationship to the parents/guardians, such as an original and photocopy of a birth certificate or consular report of birth abroad plus a photocopy. Previous U.S. passports are not acceptable as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s).
- Proof of identity for both parents and a photocopy.
- Proof of child’s citizenship, such as a previous U.S. passport or original birth certificate and photocopy.
- Proof of child’s identity, such as a photo ID and a photocopy.
- Age progression photographs– 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 $115 or equivalent in CFA.
Note: All documents submitted must be original or a certified copy, along with one photo copy.
If a parent cannot personally appear and sign the Form DS-11 (PDF 104 KB), then the other parent must submit:
- A completed, original Form DS-3053(Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16) or an original notarized statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child that matches the DS-3053 in content.
- 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. Please submit the original order and a photocopy.
If neither parent is physically present, the adult accompanying the child must present:
- Original notarized consent statements from both parents with photocopies of parents’ photo IDs or a completed, original DS-3053.
Note: Incomplete applications may be asked to return at a later date.