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13 yr old child's passport renewal with questions

by Susan
(New York, NY)

Question: My 13-year-old daughter has a passport that was issued 5 years ago and expired early this year. Her father passed away 7 years ago and I would like to renew her passport.

I have a current passport photo but am unsure of which forms I must complete and whether you need a death certificate for her father.

Also, must I visit a passport office to renew her passport or is it possible to bring it to a local post office that provides passport services? I would really appreciate a prompt reply as I'd like to renew her passport as soon as possible.

Answer: You must appear with your daughter at a passport application acceptance facility in order to apply for her passport. Along with completed but unsigned form DS-11, you also need to present evidence of your daughter's U.S. citizenship, evidence of your relationship to her, personal identification, a photocopy of your ID document and one recent passport photo.

When both parents cannot appear, the applying parent must provide evidence of sole legal custody. For this reason, you need to present the death certificate.

The fee for a child's passport is $80 for routine service. There is also an execution fee of $35.

Routine service will get the passport application processed in 4-6 weeks. You can request expedited service to get the passport in 2-3 weeks. There is an additional fee of $60 for this service. For more information, click the link below.

How to Get a Passport for a Minor

For a list of application acceptance facilities in your area, click the link below.

New York Passport Offices

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Worried about passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I'm 13 years old and I renewed my passport 3 months ago but i'm still waiting to get my it back. I just want ask how long it takes? I am worried about my passport right now because it's taking too long and I've been waiting for like three months.

Answer: Routine service takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete. It may or may not take longer depending on the volume of applications being processed at the time. We recommend having a parent or guardian call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to follow-up on your passport.

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