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Passport for 16 & 17 Year Olds

The requirements to get a passport for a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old are identical to those needed to get a passort for an adult but with a few additional considerations.

Minors ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves. However, Passport Services does recommend that at least one parent appear in person with the minor to identify him/her and to show parental awareness. Parental awareness can be shown by having a parent accompany the minor when applying or a signed statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent. The latter should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent's ID.

A passport generally will not be issued to a minor if a parent or legal guardian who has custodial rights over the minor has provided written notification that he or she objects to issuance of the passport.

Be aware that some Application Agents will allow a minor age 16 or 17 to submit the application without the presence of a parent while others will not. We recommend you contact the passport office where the application will be submitted and confirm requirements with the passport application acceptance agent.

If your child is age 15 or younger, visit the child passport requirements page or access a list of FAQ about applying for a passport for a minor age 15 or younger. You can also find answers to questions about passports for 16 & 17 year olds below.

List of FAQ about Passports for Minors Ages 16 and 17

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Would it be advisable to wait until a 15-year-old turns 16 to get her passport?  Question: My daughter turns 16 in April 2012. She will be traveling to Europe on a school trip in June 2012. Specifically, we would like to know whether ...

Does a 17-year-old need both parents to apply for a passport in NY?  Question: Do I need both parents when applying for a passport? I'm 17 and live in NY. Also, can I apply for my 6-month-old daughter's passport alone or ...

Can a 17-year-old submit a passport as proof of citizenship?  Question: The government website and local passport offices do not seem to agree on what is needed. As I understand the website information.

- as a "Minor ...

Does a 17-year-old need both biological parents' consent to be issued a passport?  Question: My 17-year-old has not seen her biological father in 14 years.

Answer: The State Department requires that applicants age 16 and 17 establish ...

Can I get a passport if I am 16 and only live with my dad?  Question: I am trying to travel out of the state and need my passport. The problem is that I need a state ID but cant get it because I only live with ...

Where can I get a passport on a Saturday in Massachusetts?  Question: My 16-year-old daughter needs a passport. Where can I get passport photos made and get an actual passport?

Answer: There is nowhere in Massachusetts ...

Can a 16-year-old get a passport without a parent?  Question: My 16-year-old son has an expired passport ( exp. 3/ 15/ 2011.) My husband and I are in Tonga at the moment so we sent him back to the US before ...

Are you sure that a 16-year-old does not need a parent to get a passport?  Question: We have a trip coming up on February 28. My son does not have a passport. Is it possible to expedite a passport for my son and if so, how?

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Looking for a passport agency in Maryland  Question: I would like to take my 16-year-old son to get his passport. I cannot find any locations that are open on Saturdays in my city. We live in ...

Should I renew my passport before I depart for Germany?  Question: I'm 17 years old and I'm going on a 55-day trip to Germany. But I have heard that when you are 18 years old, you must renew your passport. I'...

Should our 17-year-old son renew his passport before the expiration date for an upcoming trip?   Question: We are taking a family vacation on April 15, 2011 to Barcelona, Spain. Reservations have been made. Our 17-year-old son's passport expires two ...

Can a 16-year-old get her passport without her father's permission?  Question: I am 16 and my parents are separated. My father is living in a different state, he never fought custody, and I live with my mother. My mother,...

Is it better to renew my 15-year-old son's passport now or wait until he's 16?  Question: My husband and I were married at the time we applied for my son's passport. Our family moved outside the U.S. My husband and I have separated ...

How hard is it for a 17-year-old to apply for a passport with a legal guardian?  Question: My niece is 17 and she wants to take her daughter over to Honduras to see her grandparents on her dad's side but she needs to know if she can ...

Passport for minors 16-17  Question: I am a 16-year-old US citizen by birth. Can I apply for my US passport card renewal by myself? My mom has a problem proving her name change ...

Do the passport rules for children 16 and under apply to a 17-year-old? Question: My daughter will be 18 in September and her passport expired in 2008. My mom is gravely ill in Jamaica and I want to have her renewal expedited ...

Consent of parent for a passport at 16 years of age  Question: Does my daughter need her father's consent to renew her passport? Does she need to apply in person and does he have to be with her? She is ...

Must BOTH parents be present when renewing a passport for a 16-year-old minor?  Question: Our daughter is turning 16 on Wednesday and we are traveling on June 16. We want to wait until she is 16 so her passport will be valid for ...

Can a minor that is 16 years old get a passport with only the consent of one parent?  Question: The father of my child has not been in her life for over 10 years and I want to know if she can get her passport with only my consent.

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Travel Abroad of 16-Year-Old of Divorced Parents  Question: Mother is designated custodian of 16-year-old. Can the 16-year-old get a passport without the father's permission? Can the 16-year-old travel ...

Does a 16-year-old need to be accompanied by a parent when applying for a passport?  Question: My daughter is age 16. Do I need to go with her when she goes to apply for a passport?

Answer: At least one parent must appear with your ...

Can a 17-year-old travel to the US Virgin Islands with an expired passport?  Question: Can we take a 17-year-old to St. Thomas with an expired passport?

Answer: Your child does not need a passport to visit St. Thomas. The passport ...

Can I renew my 17-year-old's passport while he is away at school?  Question: We are traveling mid-April 2010 and my son is away at school. What do I need to do to renew his passport? It expires this month. Does he ...

Can a parent obtain a 16-year-old child's passport without consent from the non-custodial parent?  Question: My ex has obtained a passport and taken our 16-year old-child out of the the U.S. without my consent. The ex stated that it was legal for the 16-year ...

Can I renew a passport issued for a minor who is now 16?  Question: My son's passport was issued in January 2005, when he was 11. He is now 16. Can I renew that passport or do I now apply for a passport for ...

Does he need a completely new passport?  Question: My son was 12 when he got his passport. It will expire in May 2010. He is now 17; does he need to apply for a completely new one?

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