How to Expedite a Child's Damaged Passport
Your 15-year-old son's passport is ruined beyond repair, the victim of
his little sister's overzealous artistic exploits. Nearly every page
sports a unique scribble design in black permanent marker. The family
vacation to Grand Turk is in less than a week, and now you need to get him a new passport fast
The bad news is that children's passports are not renewable by mail,
which means basically starting over. The good news is that you still
have the damaged passport in your possession, and you can get an
expedited minor passport.
To get the new passport in time, you are going to need the help of both an acceptance agent
and a passport expeditor
Your first step is to gather together the supporting documentation
again. In lieu of the certified birth certificate, you can use the
damaged passport as proof of citizenship, provided the data page is
legible. You will have to prove your relationship
to your child by comparing your current ID to an original birth certificate
anyway, so bring both. You will need a new full-color passport photo on
white or off-white background. Only one photo is required.
The passport application for your child's damaged passport
also needs to include proof of immediate travel in order for it to be
expedited. Your computer printed airfare tickets or hotel reservation
will do for this. You will need two copies, one for the acceptance
agent and one for the expeditor. Additionally, you will need an authorization document
giving the expeditor permission to submit your application to the US
Department of State on your behalf. You also need to include a signed
and dated letter to "The US State Department" explaining how your
child's passport was damaged.
Fill out Form DS-11
to apply for a new passport for your child and print two copies, one for the acceptance agent and one for the expeditor. Do not sign
the copy for the acceptance agent, which has to be signed in their
presence. Bring all the supporting documentation and the damaged
passport to an acceptance agent. These facilities are widely available
at post offices
across the country. To make sure everything goes smoothly and quickly,
both parents should come with the child. If that is not possible, the
parent that does go needs to submit notarized consent from the other
parent or provide evidence of sole legal custody.
Present the documents to the acceptance agent and let them know you plan to mail them to an expeditor for hand delivery
You will sign the passport application form in front of the agent who
will then put all the necessary documentation along with the signed
application, authorization letter and payment for fees into a sealed
envelope. The fees will be $80 for the passport book and $60 for
government expediting, which should be in one check. A separate fee of
$25 is paid to the acceptance agent as an execution fee.
On the outside of the sealed envelope containing the passport
application and supporting documents, write the full name of your
child, date of birth, the departure date from your itinerary, and your
phone number. Put the sealed envelope together with the second copy of
your travel itinerary, the second copy of your signed Letter of
Authorization marked COPY, and the second copy of your passport
application unsigned, and hand deliver or overnight it to a registered passport expeditor
who has a top rating with the Better Business Bureau and a reputation
for reliability. Include a printed copy of your online expedited
service application with your travel itinerary, name, address, delivery
option, and payment information. Expedited courier service fees vary
depending on how quickly you want to get your child's passport
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