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Does a minor under the age of 16 need to be present at the time of application?

Question: If a parent is applying in person at a passport office, does the applying minor child need to be present?

Answer: Yes, minors must appear in person when applying for a passport. This requirement applies to all minors independent of age. Even infants must be presented at the time an application is submitted on their behalf.

Also, both parents or guardians must appear with the minor. For complete instructions, please visit the following web page.

How to Get a Child's Passport

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help with how to submit DS-3053 form
by: Anonymous

Question: My wife lives in Angola with my daughter who has American citizenship and an American passport. She is 15 years of age. Her passport needs renewing. I live and work in the UK. I am Portuguese. My daughter is coming to live with me in the UK to study. How do I get the form DS-3053 to my wife in Angola after it has been notarized and what other documents with the U.S. passport office require from me so that my daughter can renew her passport? Thanks.

Answer: First of all, passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. The mother needs to apply for the child's passport with the same requirements submitted the first time.

1. Form DS-11
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Photocopies of both parents' IDs
4. Proof of parental relationship
5. One new passport photo
6. Payment for fees

You need to mail the notarized Form DS-3053 with a photocopy of your ID to the mother so she can submit it with the rest of the application requirements.

She may contact the U.S. Embassy in Luanda for further assistance.

I don’t talk with my ex
by: Anonymous

Question: Do we have to go together to get my kids passport or I can get a authorization from him and go by myself?

Answer: The father may provide you with a notarized Form DS-3053 plus a photocopy of his ID to submit with the rest of the requirements for a child's passport.

Deceased parent
by: Anonymous

Question: What if one of the parents is deceased, what will the minor need to do?

Answer: The minor (age 15 and under) needs to apply with the living parent. In addition to the requirements for a child's passport, a copy of the father's death certificate as proof that the living parent now has sole legal custody.

Passport Renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My son needs to renew his passport. His previous passport was for a minor. He is now over 16, does he need to be present when the passport is renewed?

Answer: Passports issued when one was still a minor cannot be renewed. Your son needs to apply in person for his new adult passport. He needs to submit the following:

1. Form DS-11 (must be signed in front of a passport agent)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship plus photocopy
3. Proof of identity plus photocopy
4. One passport photo
5. Payment for fees

You may find the closest passport office and schedule an appointment here.

Only one parent has custody
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband has no custody. Does he still have to be present? He is not available and has no connection with my son for the last 2 years.

Answer: If you can provide evidence that you have SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY, you may apply for your child's passport without the father's presence or consent.

Minor passport renewal
by: dave

Question: Does the child and both parents need to appear in person to renew the passport of a minor under 16 years of age?

Answer: Yes. Please note that you will need to submit a new application instead of a renewal. Passports issued to minors age 15 and younger cannot be renewed.

To travel in Australia with kids
by: Mrs. Jobson

Question: Does the Australian embassy need a letter of approval from the biological father for my kids to travel?

Answer: Nothing in the State Department's travel sheet on Australia says you need a consent to travel. However, requirements periodically change. We recommend that you contact the Australian Embassy for the latest information on minor travel.

Travel overseas with kids
by: Mrs.Jobson

Question: I want to travel with my kids overseas. They are minors and their biological father hasn't seen them and didn't even bother to visit them. He hardly supports them either. I was never married to him; I had been married to a foreigner for 2 years. What I'm concerned is what requirements I need to provide and do I need my kids biological father's letter of approval to travel overseas?

Answer: If the father's name is on the children's birth certificates, you will need his notarized statement of consent plus a photocopy of his ID to apply for their passports.

The need for a consent to travel overseas depends on the requirements of the country you plan to visit.

by: Anonymous

Question: Do both parents have to be present if the father is not on the birth certificate, not involved, and living in a different state?

Answer: Only the parent listed on the birth certificate needs to be present.

Joint Custody
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi! So minor under 16. Both parents have custody. But one parent is not in the picture at all and can not be located. Will the judge approve the passport?

Answer: The State Department issues passports, not the courts. The father's consent is required if they share custody. If his consent cannot be obtained after attempts of contacting him, you may try to submit Form DS-5525 and explain the situation in as much detail as possible. This must be submitted with the rest of the requirements for your child's passport.

Please note that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis.

by: Anonymous

Question: Can the children get the passport if his mom and dad is not British but he was born in England? Yes or no? If yes, how? Thanks.

Answer: Please contact Her Majesty's Passport Office regarding British passports.

Renew minors passport
by: Anonymous

Question: How can I renew my child's passport without the father's consent? The father is not in the picture. Haven't had contact with the father for more than 10 years.

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. If the minor is still age 15 or younger, the process to obtain your child's new passport is the same as the first time you applied. The father's consent is required. If absolutely no contact can be established, you may submit Form DS-5525 and explain the situation in as much detail as possible. You should also describe the efforts you have made to contact the father. This form must be submitted with the rest of the application requirements.

If the minor is already 16 or 17, he/she may apply for his/her own passport as long as he/she has a government-issued ID like a driver's license. He/she will then only need a signed statement of awareness/consent from at least one parent plus a photocopy of that parent's ID. These should be submitted with the requirements for a new adult U.S. passport.

Expired passport for child five days from being 16
by: Anonymous

Question: Do both parents have to be present to renew an expired passport for a child that will turn 16 in 5 days but we want to go to Buffalo tomorrow to get it renewed?

Answer: Since your child is not yet 16, he/she needs to apply with both parents present. If he/she applies after his/her 16th birthday and he/she already has his/her own government-issued ID, he/she may apply on his/her own. He/She will then only need a signed consent from at least one parent plus a photocopy of that parent's ID.

Minors need to be present?
by: Anonymous

Question: We have the consent form from their mother which was signed but she is taking them on vacation next week. Can we go submit their passports without them?

Answer: Minors need to be present when applications for your passports are submitted.

by: Anonymous

Question: How do we get my son's passport renewed if his father is in Cape Town and we are in Johannesburg? We need to fly out the country and need his passport renewed.

Answer: The father can mail you a notarized Form DS-3053 which you can submit with the rest of the requirements for your child's passport at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg. He can have the form notarized at the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town.

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