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What paperwork do I need and what is the cost of getting passports for my children?

by Lori
(Pembroke MA, USA)

Question: My children's passports expire in April. I need to have new ones for a trip in July. Since I cannot "renew" their passports, what paperwork do I need and what is the cost? Does the Hanover application acceptance location do photos?

Answer: You should complete application form DS-11 and submit evidence of U.S. citizenship for each child. This can be a previously issued passport or a certified birth certificate.

Also, you must submit proof of your relationship to your children. The certified birth certificate serves this purpose as long as it has the names of both parents.

Note, both parents must appear and present personal identification and a photocopy of the identification document when apply for minors under age 16.

If one parent cannot be present, the one that is must either submit the second parents' notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053) or present legal proof of sole custody.

There are at least two fees when applying for a child's passport. The application fee for a passport book is $80. The execution fee (paid to the attending agent at the acceptance facility) is $25.

For an additional $15 fee, you can get a passport card (restricted to land and sea travel between the U.S. and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda) for each child.

According to our resources, the passport application acceptance facility in Hanover does offer photo service on site. The address is below.

Town of Hanover
550 Hanover Street
Hanover MA 02339-2217
(781) 826-5000

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