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Passport requirements for a minor with only one parent listed on their birth certificate

by Jennifer
(Cocoa Beach, FL)

Question: I am a single parent listed on my child's birth certificate. My child needs to get a passport but it asks for both parents. What can I do or what needs to be done if the other parent isn't around?

Answer: Both parents are required to appear with a minor only if both are listed on the birth certificate and they have shared custody.

Since your name is the only one on the birth certificate, then you can obtain a passport for your child. The birth certificate will serve as evidence of your child's U.S. citizenship and your sole custody of the child.

You can apply at a passport application acceptance facility. Applications are currently being processed in 4-6 weeks for routine service and 2-3 weeks for expedited service.

Florida Passport Offices

If you need to get a passport for your child quicker, you can apply at the Miami Regional Agency or employ the services of a registered passport expediter. Either way, you can obtain the passport as fast as the same day.

For complete instructions on getting a child's passport, click the link below.

Passport for Minor

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