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Can a 16 year old get a passport without a parent?

Question: My 16-year-old son has an expired passport. My husband and I are in Tonga at the moment so we sent him back to the US before the passport expired. We sent him to renew or get a new one and they told him he needs a parents' consent. I was under the impression that at 16 you did not need a parent. Anyways, what now? Thank you for your help.


Answer: Minors age 16 must establish parental consent when applying for a new passport. If consent is not implied on the application form, then it can be provided in written form or by the presence of a parent. You can have the statement of consent form notarized at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. There is a U.S. Virtual Presence Post in Tonga but visits from the consul are infrequent. The U.S. Embassy in Suva keep regular hours.

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16-year-old, no contact with parents
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 16 years old and live with both my sister and brother but they are not my legal guardians. Can I get my passport without my parents' consent? They both live in Mexico and barely have any contact with either. What can I do?

Answer: At 16, you still need the consent of at least one parent. You need to wait until you are of legal age (18) to obtain a passport without your parents or legal guardian/s.

16 year old trying to renew passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m a 16 year old citizen. My parents are both from Mexico and undocumented and we live in Florida. My mom has her Mexican passport but my dad can’t get his Mexican passport because he is missing certain papers. My passport expired and I’m trying to renew it but they told my mom that my dad needs to have a passport in order for me to get my passport renewed. How can I renew my passport with my dad having a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can. However, you cannot renew a U.S. passport issued to a minor. Instead, you need to apply for a new passport. At 16, you can already apply without having both parents present of you already have your own driver's license.

What you will then need is a signed statement of consent from at least one parent plus a photocopy of that parent's ID. This should be submitted with the rest of the application requirements.

How do I take my passport out?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a 16-year-old American Citizen and I live with my grandparents. My father is locked up and I don’t have any communication with my mom. How do I take out a passport?

Answer: At 16, you may apply for a passport without your parents present if you already have a government-issued ID like a driver's license. You will only need to secure a signed consent from your father plus a photocopy of his ID and submit it with the rest of the application requirements.

Passport for 17-year-old
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 17 years old, living with my grandma. My parents are in Mexico and cannot come to the U.S. I need my passport to go see them. Am I able to get it without them, since I do not live with them, nor have access to the U.S? I really need my passport to see them again.

Answer: If you already have a government-issued ID, you do not need to have your parents present when you apply. One of your parents can mail you a signed statement of consent that you can submit with your passport application.

Passport for 16-year-old
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m 16 years old. I live with my brother. How can i renew my passport without my parents?

Answer: Passports issued when one was a minor cannot be renewed. At 16, you may already apply for a new passport without the presence of both parents if you already have a government-issued ID of your own. However, you will still need consent from at least one parent in the form of a signed statement of consent and awareness plus a photocopy of that parent's ID. Consent may also be implied if a parent writes the check for your passport fees.

16-year-old's passport application
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 16 and my parents are divorced, right now I live with my mom in the U.S. and my father cannot come to sign but he wants me to get my passport. Can I go only with my mother and get my passport? What do I need to do it, if possible?

Answer: At 16, you can apply with only one parent present as long as you can present your own government-issued ID. You need to submit the same requirements to apply for a new adult passport.

Can I renew my passport without any of my parents?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am an American citizen but I have been living in my mom's country since I was very young. I came to America and my mom doesn't have any valid identification;my parents are divorced and my mom does have the form from where she gets the full authority over me. How could I apply for my passport? I am 16 and my passport is about to expire.

Answer: If you have your own ID, you can apply for your passport on your own. While a written consent accompanied by a copy of ID from at least one parents is recommended, the consent may also be implied. For example, the check for the fees may be written by your mother and this will serve as implied consent. We recommend calling 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

16-year-old daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: How do I apply for a passport renewal for my daughter months before the passport expires in Los Angeles?

Answer: Your daughter must apply in person for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. At 16, she does not need to be accompanied by parents if she has her own photo ID.

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