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Does a 16 year old need to be accompanied by parent when applying for passport?

by Ramona
(Pembroke Pines, Florida)

Question: My daughter is age 16. Do I need to go with her when she goes to apply for a passport?


Answer: Unfortunately, there has been some inconsistency in the acceptance of applications from minors age 16. Some agents require the presence of both parents or one parent and notarized consent of the non-applying parent. Others allow the application to be submitted when only one parent is present.

If parental consent is implied on the application, your daughter may be able to apply without being accompanied by either parent. The only way we know that a parent can imply consent is for the parent to pay the application and execution fees with checks from a personal bank account.

The physical presence of a parent is required if the minor does not have his or her own identification document.

We recommend you contact the nearest passport office in Florida to discover what they require.

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