If you are under 16 years old, you must apply for a passport in person.  You must also have a parent or legal guardian present photo identification of yourself if you don’t have one.  Finally, you must be prepared to have written parental consent to apply for a passport.

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First, complete Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport .  Do not sign the application until you are told to by an Acceptance Agent.  You must provide your Social Security Number, or your application will be denied.  Bring your application to a Passport Agency or Acceptance Facility with a parent or guardian.  You can search for your closest Acceptance Facility online or schedule your appointment at a regional Passport Agency.

You must also provide proof of citizenship with your application.  If you cannot provide primary evidence of citizenship, you must provide secondary evidence.  The following are examples of both primary and secondary evidence of citizenship.

Primary evidence of citizenship includes:
  •  Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  •  Certified Birth Certificate issued by a country, city, or state
  •  Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  •  Naturalization Certificate
  •  Certificate of Citizenship

Secondary evidence of citizenship includes:
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Hospital Birth Certificate
  • Census record
  • Early school record
  • Family bible record
  • Doctor’s record of post-natal care

Both parents or legal guardians must submit evidence of their relationship to the minor applicant.  Acceptable evidence includes:
  • Minor’s certified U.S. Birth Certificate with both parents’ names
  • Minor’s certified foreign Birth Certificate with both parents’ names
  • Minor’s Report of Birth Abroad with both parents’ names
  • Adoption decree with adopting parents’ names
  • Court order establishing custody
  • Court order establishing guardianship

Take note that previous U.S. passports will not be accepted as proof of a relationship.  If any names have changed and are different on the evidence, legal proof of a name change must also be submitted.

Both parents or legal guardians also must submit identification at the time of the application.  If you cannot provide primary identification, you must provide secondary identification.  The following are examples of primary and secondary identification.

Primary Identification includes:
  •   Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  •   Naturalization Certificate
  •   Valid driver’s license
  •   Current government employee ID
  •   Current military ID

Secondary Identification includes:
  •  A combination of identifying documents such as: Social Security card + credit card + employee ID + library card
  •  An identifying witness must be present at time of application, who has known you for at least 2 years, is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, has a valid ID, and fills out Form DS-71: Affidavit of Identifying Witness in front of a passport agent

The next thing you need to do is submit a photocopy of each parent or guardian’s identification documents and present them along with the originals.  The photocopies must be on plain 8 ½ by 11” standard paper.  The photocopies may only contain images on one side of each page.  You may use several pages if needed.  

Both parents must appear in person and sign form DS-11 in front of an Acceptance Agent and provide consent to the issuance of the passport to the minor.

Finally, you must pay the application fee and provide a photothat will appear on your passport.

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