Parental Consent for Minors

U.S. law requires that all parents listed on the birth certificate or all legal guardians provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors ages 15 and under. For applicants ages 16-17, those with their own valid government ID can apply for a passport by themselves.  However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the child to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.  Please see below for an explanation of the different ways parents can give consent:

  1. Both parents will appear together and sign the applicants form (DS-11) in the presence of a Consular Officer or;
  2. One parent appears and signs and submits the non-appearing parent’s signed, notarized “Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent” which authorizes passport issuance for the child, together with the non-appearing parent’s signed photo identification (copy of original document)

The non-appearing parent’s signature may be certified by:

Note: The written consent from the non-applying parent that accompanies an application for a new passport must be less than 3 months old; or

  1. One parent with sole legal custody, or a third party (in Loco Parentis applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 16) must refer to the State Department webpage entry Provide Parental Consent for necessary, mandatory documentation.