Passports for Minors (Under 16)
U.S. Passport applicants under 16 must apply in person using Form DS-11. Applicants under 16 cannot use the passport renewal application to renew a passport. Children under 16 passports are valid for 5 years.
You must submit documentation that lists the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child applying for a passport.
Show parental relationship:
Parents/guardians must present one of the following documents:
- U.S. birth certificate (also evidence of U.S. citizenship)
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (also evidence of U.S. citizenship)
- Foreign birth certificate
- Adoption decree
- Divorce/Custody decree
Parents/guardians must present one of the following identification documents:
- In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
- Valid or expired, undamaged, U.S. passport
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
- Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
- U.S. military ID or military dependent ID
- Valid foreign passport
- Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)
Both parents/guardians must be present when applying for a passport for minors under 16. If both parents/ guardians are unable to be present, you have sole legal custody of the minor under 16, or are unable to locate the other parent please read Show Parental Consent.