Those obtaining a U.S. passport are required to submit an application, present current identification and proof of U.S. citizenship, provide an acceptable passport photo, and pay the fee, reports the U.S. Department of State. Parents must appear in person with children 16 and under and consent to the passport application.
People applying for their first U.S. passport must appear in person, according to the U.S. Department of State. They must complete Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport, which they can find at Travel.State.gov and complete online and print or download, print and fill in by hand. Applicants must supply proof of U.S. citizenship such as a certified U.S. birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, naturalization certificate, certificate of citizenship or previously issued valid U.S. passport. They also need to have current photo ID such as a valid driver's license, government ID or military ID. The color passport photo must conform to U.S. Department of State requirements.
Both parents of children age 16 and under must accompany them when they apply for passports, explains the U.S. Department of State. Parents must provide proof of the parental relationship such as a birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad or adoption decree. If only one parent has sole authority, that parent must provide a court order of sole legal custody, a court order authorizing application for the passport, or a declaration of incompetence or death certificate of the absent parent.