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Is a minor's previous passport that has not expired enough identification to get a new one?

by Sara
(West Lafayette, IN USA)

Question: My minor daughter's passport expires this coming October. Since her current passport has not expired yet, is it enough documentation to take to get a new one or do I have to take her birth certificate and whatever other documentation needed?

And is my passport, which is also current and is still valid for another 10 years, enough identification for me as her legal parent or do I need to take more documentation on myself?

We will be traveling out of the country on a cruise in November so I need to get my daughter's "renewed" as soon as possible. Thank you.

Answer: Your daughter's passport can be used as both evidence of U.S. citizenship and your passport can be used as proof of identity as long as neither are damaged.

However, you must submit a document that establishes your relationship to your minor child. You also need to take your daughter's certified birth certificate.

Note, both parents must appear with the minor child age 15 and under. You can appear alone if 1) you have sole legal custody and have an official document to prove this or 2) you submit a notarized consent form from the non-applying parent.

For complete details, click the link below.

How to Apply for a Child's Passport

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