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When is a child legal to obtain their own passport:?

by Carol
(Boothwyn, Pa, USA)

Question: If a child is a minor and is living with someone other than the biological parents, what information is needed to obtain a passport?


Answer: An American citizen can apply for a passport without parental consent at age 18. When a minor is age 15 or younger, both parents are required to appear in order for the child to obtain a passport. When the minor is age 16 or 17, the parents do not have to appear but the minor must submit notarized evidence of parental consent.

If the person with whom the minor is living has legal custody or guardianship through a court order, then parental consent is not necessary. In this case, the legal guardian would have to appear or provide notarized consent.

For complete instructions, click the link below.

How to Get a Passport for a Minor

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