Information Regarding Passports For Children Who Are Under The Age Of 16

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Children and adults have the same basic requirements when it comes to applying for a US passport. However, there are also special requirements that need to be met by those applying for a child’s passport. These requirements are simply designed to show proof of a minor’s relationship with the parents or guardians, as well as to establish the identity of those representing the applicant.

Take note that there slight differences in the special requirements between minors under 16 years old, and those 16-17 years old. In this article, we’ll be discussing the requirements of those who are under 16, including newborns and infants. Ready? Let’s continue.

When minors apply for a US passport, they are required to complete Form DS-11. This is the most basic type of form that has been filled in by practically every passport holder today, as this is the form issued to first-time passport applicants. Parents or guardians of the applicants should assist the minors should they need help in filling in this form.

Applicants must also establish their citizenship when applying for a passport. There are several documents they can use for this requirement. When submitting their passport applications, they can submit any of the following US-issued documents: their birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, naturalization certificate, or if they were born abroad, the consular report about their birth.

Then the applicant will also have to submit two recent color photographs along with the previously mentioned documents. The US Department of State has very specific requirements regarding passport photos so if you are a parent or guardian, and unsure what the exact requirements are, then inquire at your nearest passport office before applying. This will help you save a lot of time.

Those three - the DS-11, the proof of citizenship, as well as the color photographs - are the basic requirements when applying for passports. And, since we’re discussing passport application for minors, there are special requirements on top of these already mentioned. Once again, they are required to establish the identity of the parents or guardians, as well as prove the relationship between the parent/guardian and the applicant.

First of these special requirements is the written parental consent. Make sure, however, you check out the specific requirements regarding this before proceeding. The parent or the guardian should also present an ID when submitting all these documents to the passport office.

Plus, the ID should be photocopied and attached with the other requirements. Then finally, the parent or the guardian should also show proof of their relationship with the applicant. Once all of these basic and special requirements are accomplished, the fees for processing the passport can already be made.

All in all, the steps on children’s passport applications are very straightforward and easy enough to follow. What’s important is that the parent or guardian try to find out beforehand what the specific requirements are. This saves them a lot of time and ensures that they will have a hassle-free  US passport application.

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