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.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Geography