Requirements for Children Under Age 16
Both parents or child's legal guardian must:
- Present evidence of child’s U.S. citizenship, and
- Present evidence that they are the parents or guardian, and
- Show valid personal identification and
- Sign and take oath before an authorized passport acceptance agent .
If the second parent is not available to sign, the appearing parent must complete steps above and present evidence that he/she has:
- sole legal custody of the child or
- written consent of the other parent for the insurance of the passport or
- written statement explaining why no-applying parent's consent cannot be obtained.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - IMPORTANT CHANGESStatement of Consent:
Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Child Under age 16 (DS-3053)
Whether Form DS-3053 is used , or the same information is provided on other paper the Statement of Consent by no-applying parents, for children under age 16, must be notarized.
The purpose is to prevent forgery and ensure that the person signing the Statement has been properly identified. This will further reduce the possibility of a U.S. passport being used in any effort to interfere with the custodial rights of non-applying parents.
IF NO PARENT IS AVAILABLE TO SIGN, THE THIRD-PARTY IN LOCO PARENTIS MUST:
- Appear with a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents or custodial parent(s) authorizing the third-party to apply for passport. When the statement or affidavit is from only one parent, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent. and
The law requires that all applications be signed under oath under penalty of perjury.
THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO APPLY FOR A CHILD UNDER AGE 16 IS TO PRESENT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AND
- For both parents to appear at the time of application, or
- If only one parent can apply, that applying parents/guardian has the additional documentation required for a single-signature application at the time of application.
Incomplete submissions will delay passport issuance.