Additional Requirements for Minor Applicants for United States Passports

  1. Additional Requirements for Minor Applicants for United States Passports
  2. Renewal of Adult U.S. Passports by Mail
  3. Emergency Passports
  4. Delivery of Passports

All minors — including newborns and infants — must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air. Applicants aged 16 or older are considered adult applicants.
In addition to the requirements listed on the Apply for or Renew a United States Passport page, minor children have other requirements you should read about here.

In addition to the general passport requirements, for all minor applicants you must also provide:

  • Evidence of the relationship between the minor and parents or guardians (such as a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or court order of legal custody) and the valid government-issued photo identification for both parents/guardians signing.
  • Evidence of two-parent consent. U.S. law requires that all parents listed on the birth certificate or all legal guardians provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors ages 15 and under. For applicants ages 16-17, those with their own valid government ID can apply for a passport by themselves.  However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the child to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.  Please see below for an explanation of the different ways parents can give consent.

You may also be asked to provide:

  • Secondary evidence of identification and birth in the United States for the minor. Examples of secondary identification include school records with a photo and the applicant’s name. Examples of secondary birth records include vaccination records, a hospital birth certificate with footprint, hospital bills and bracelets, or baptism certificates from the United States.
  • The minor’s original Dutch Caribbean birth certificate if the child is registered as having been born in the Dutch Caribbean.

Please note that the above is required and suggested documentation for all minor applicants, but the Consulate may require additional documentation to verify citizenship, identity, parental relationship or other matters. Failure to bring these documents to the interview may result in delayed processing for your case.

  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer/Agent
  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer/Agent
  • Submit the second parent’s original Statement of Consent Form DS-3053, signed and notarized within the last three months. We do not accept photocopies or scans.  It must be the original document with signatures.
  • A copy of the front and back of the government-issued ID the non-appearing parent used to execute the DS-3053 with the notary.
  • Appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of Consular Officer/Agent
  • Submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following:
    Minor’s certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only the applying parent
    Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth Abroad listing only the applying parent
    Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order)
    Adoption decree (if applying parents is sole adopting parent)
    Court order specifically permitting applying parent’s or guardian’s travel with the child
    Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent
    Death certificate of non-applying parent
  • Third party relative or guardian appear in person with the minor
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer/Agent
  • Both parents each submit the original Statement of Consent Form DS-3053, signed and notarized within the last three months. We do not accept photocopies or scans. They must be the original document with signatures.
  • Copies of the front and back of the government-issued IDs the non-appearing parents used to execute the DS-3053s with the notary.