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How to get passports for 14 & 16 year old American Citizens taken to Mexico as children without passports?

by Emendo
(Parker, PA, USA)

Question: I am living in the United States but took my sons to Mexico when they were 3 and 5 years old. We registered them in Mexico as dual citizens and did not get a passport for them when we left because it wasn't needed then. They are now 14 and 16 years old and want to come live with me in the United States. Do they need passports to return to the US even if they didn't get one to go into Mexico? Will their dual citizenship interfere with them getting a passport at the American Embassy in Mexico?


Answer: Your sons need valid U.S. passports in order to return to the United States. Their dual citizenship will not be a barrier to obtaining passports at the American Embassy in Mexico.

They both need to appear at the American Embassy or a nearby U.S. consulate. Although the 16-year-old only needs to appear with one parent, the 14-year-old must appear with both parents. If only one parent can appear, that parent must submit notarized consent from the non-applying parent. If a third party takes your sons to apply for their passports, that person must submit notarized consent and copies of identification documents from the parents.

Requirements to obtain a new passport include a completed Form DS-11, a valid ID, copy of the ID, evidence of U.S. citizenship and a recent passport photo. To get a passport for your youngest son, you also need to submit evidence of relationship such as the birth certificate. Click the link below for more information.

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