Don't Forget Your Baby Has Special Passport Requirements

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The basic requirements for minors are the same as adults when applying for a US passport. However, there are also some special requirements for minors, those who are 17 years old and younger. In this article, we'll show you what you need to know about minor passport applications.

 Let's begin with the most basic requirements starting with Form DS-11. This is the form that is completed by anyone who is applying for a passport for the first time. So if the minor applying for a passport never had a passport before, this is the form they need to fill out. Just make sure the form remains unsigned until instructed to do so at the passport office.

 Another requirement for United States passport applicants is the establishment of their citizenship. Passport applicants need to provide documents that will prove this. If you are applying for a US passport, you can use any of the following documents: your birth certificate, your certificate of citizenship, your naturalization certificate, or if you were born abroad, a consular report about it. The document you submit will be returned to you by mail, along with your US passport. It may be mailed separately as well.

 You will also need to submit two color passport-size photos. The US Department of State has very specific instructions regarding these photos. It's therefore important that you check these specifications before having your passport photo taken.

 From those basic requirements, we move on to the special requirements for minors. Along with the documents previously mentioned, minors should also submit a written parental consent. If you are a parent or a guardian of an applicant, you must first know under which category you fall under. You should know that there are different procedures undertaken by parents/guardians of different statuses (e.g. single parent, both parents, guardian, etc.), so check with the passport office first for the guidelines.

 Another requirement is the proof of relationship between the parent/guardian and the applicant. In addition to those already mentioned, the parent or guardian should also submit a photocopy of their ID. This should be the same ID that they will present when submitting the passport application requirements in person.

 All in all, it is important that the parents or guardians check that all the required documents for the passport application are submitted and accomplished. This will help save time when these documents already need to be submitted. If you need more information about the application requirements for minors, then contact the US Department of State's passport office to inquire.

There you have it, everything you need to know about passport for a minor applications. Simply put, it just combines special passport requirements on top of the basic requirements. Once you have figured that out, then you'll realize how easy and straightforward it is to apply for a us passport.

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