The biggest difference between applying for an adult passport and a child is the need for showing parental/guardian relationship and consent.
Showing parental/guardian relationship is as easy as bringing:
- the official or certified copy of the child's US or foreign birth certificate
- adoption decree
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- or divorce/Custody decree.
How to Show Parental/Guardian Consent
Showing parental/guardian consent is easy if both parents/guardians can go with the child when applying.
Depending on the circumstance, it's a little more complicated if both parents cannot go or aren't in the picture.
For sole custody, submit:
- court order granting you sole custody
- a court order granting you permission to apply alone
- child's birth certificate or adoption decree listing only one parent
- judicial declaration of parental incompetence
- the death certificate of one parent.
One parent/guardian unable to appear:
- Parent/guardian unable to appear submits completed notarized Form DS-3053 "Statement of Consent."
One parent/guardian is unlocatable:
Neither parent/guardian is able to appear:
- Third party can apply with the child with a notarized permission statement from both or legal custody parents/guardians.
- Must include photocopies of parents/guardians identification.
Here's a handy printable checklist for helping you make sure you have everything you need to apply for your child's passport.