Can a 16 year old get a passport without a parent?
Question: My 16-year-old son has an expired passport. My husband and I are in Tonga at the moment so we sent him back to the US before the passport expired. We sent him to renew or get a new one and they told him he needs a parents' consent. I was under the impression that at 16 you did not need a parent. Anyways, what now? Thank you for your help.
Minors age 16 must establish parental consent when applying for a new passport
. If consent is not implied on the application form, then it can be provided in written form or by the presence of a parent. You can have the statement of consent form
notarized at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. There is a U.S. Virtual Presence Post in Tonga
but visits from the consul are infrequent. The U.S. Embassy in Suva
keep regular hours.
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