How Do You Renew a Child's Passport?


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To renew a passport for a child under the age of 16, both parents must appear with the child at a passport acceptance facility to give parental consent. You must bring proof of citizenship, evidence of parental relationship, a photo ID, the application form and a passport fee as well.

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How Do You Renew a Child's Passport?
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Appearing in person is required whether renewing or getting a first-time passport for a minor under the age of 16. You must provide proof of U.S. citizenship for the child, such as a birth certificate or the expired passport. For evidence of parental relationship, you can also use the birth certificate, or an adoption or divorce/custody decree. You must also bring photo IDs for both parents, a 2-by-2-inch passport photo of the child, a completed DS-11 form printable from the State Department's website, and the minor passport fee. As of 2015, the fee is $120.

Locate your nearest passport facility, and bring the child and required documents. Some facilities require appointments, so call ahead. If both parents cannot be present, have the non-applying parent fill out Form DS-3503 "Statement of Consent," which must be notarized. If you have sole custody or legal permission to apply by yourself, provide proof with a court order or death certificate of the non-applying parent. If evidence of sole custody cannot be obtained, fill out form DS-5525 "Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances," providing details of the situation.

If your application is accepted, expect to wait four to six weeks for the minor's new passport to arrive in the mail.

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