US Passport Renewal For Toddler

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This is a guide on what you need to do in order to gain a US passport expedite for minors. A minor is any person under the age of 16, and they will need to have a parent or legal guardians with them in order to proceed with the renewal process. Although guidelines do state both parents it is acceptable to have only one if that is all that is possible.

The first form which you must complete for a expedited passport renewal is the application form itself, this is known as the application form for a US passport and its reference number is DS-11. Please remember though that this form should not be signed until you are instructed to do so by the acceptance agent. Another important point is that from the date on the form you have just five days to present the application to the US Department of State, after this time frame a new form will need to be completed.

Other required documents are, original proof of U. S citizenship such as the previous U. S passport or a birth certificate with a raised seal. A certified copy of a birth certificate is acceptable. Two identical photos are also required and should be 2 inches by 2 inches, the photo must be no older than six months and the background must be white.

An itinerary is also required is the required processing time is under two weeks, failure to submit this information will delay the application considerably. As mentioned in the first paragraph if both parents or legal guardians are not able to attend then you will need to have a notarized DS 3053 form. This is a statement of consent or special circumstances form and will allow for single parents or legal guardians to apply for a U. S renewal for a minor when the non-applying parent is not available. The acceptance agent will check all the documents, witness them and then seal the envelope.

Ensure you have the correct monies in the form of either checks or money orders and that they are payable to the U. S Department of State. Also remember to attach two signed letters of authorization, these can be signed by one party but you must have two copies.

A passport processing order form is also required and must be attached to the outside of the envelope. This form makes each application easy to identify and therefore staff can prioritize urgent applications and the name, date of birth and most importantly departure date are clearly visible to them.

It is worth double checking all documents and money orders prior to visiting you local acceptance agent. Remember that in the sealed envelope you will need not only all of the above mentioned documentation but also the government fee. There is also the service fee which varies depending on the required turnaround time. There is also the return FedEx fee and finally the acceptance agents execution fee.

Lastly before you visit the acceptance agent check everything one more time and if you are even the slightest bit unsure contact either your local agent or the issuing authority directly for guidance for your US online passport renewal. It is far better to be paranoid of making a mistake and checking it constantly than to be over confident and miss out something vital. Although this process may seem rather longwinded, when it comes to the safety of our children we can never do enough. This is all done to ensure that no-one who is not legally responsible for a child can apply for a US passport for infant.

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