The basic requirements for minors are the same as adults when applying for a US passport. However, there are also some special requirements for minors, those who are 17 years old and younger. In this article, we’ll show you what you need to know about passport for a child applications.
First, let’s talk about the most basic requirements to apply for a US passport. For first-time passport applicants, they will need to complete the DS-11 form. So if you’re a minor who hasn’t had any passport before, then you will need to fill this in. Keep in mind not to sign this form until you are told to do so when you finally submit it at the passport office.
Applicants for a pasport also need to establish their citizenship. To do this, you need to submit a document issued by the US government that will help establish you are a US citizen. These documents include your birth certificate, your certificate of citizenship, naturalization certificate, or a consular report on your birth if you were born outside the US.
You will also need to submit two color passport-size photos. The US Department of State has very specific instructions regarding these photos. It’s therefore important that you check these specifications before having your passport photo taken.
From those basic requirements, we move on to the special requirements for minors. Along with the documents previously mentioned, minors should also submit a written parental consent. If you are a parent or a guardian of an applicant, you must first know under which category you fall under. You should know that there are different procedures undertaken by parents/guardians of different statuses (e.g. single parent, both parents, guardian, etc.), so check with the passport office first for the guidelines.
The relationship between the parent/guardian and the applicant should also be established. Also, the parent/guardian has to submit a photocopy of their ID. This should be a copy of the same ID that they will eventually present when submitting the requirements in person.
If you are applying for a passport in behalf of a minor, it pays to know what the particular requirements are for this type of passport applicant. Learn as much as you can as this will help you save time, as compared to fumbling for answers when you are already at the passport office. But if some details are unclear to you, contact your nearest passport office or visit the US Department of State’s website.
There you have it, everything you need to know about passport for infants applications. Simply put, it just combines special passport requirements on top of the basic requirements. Once you have figured that out, then you’ll realize how easy and straightforward it is to apply for a new passport.