How to apply for a passport for your child? While the steps to applying for a passport are simple, don’t wait until the last minute. If issued when the child is 15 years or younger, the passport is only valid for up to 5 years. Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or need a new one, we’ve listed what you need to know.
First, you’ll have to fill out the DS-11 form. Whether you are applying for a new passport or renewing, if the child is under 16, you must complete this form. Once finished, DO NOT SIGN. You’ll have to sign while you are with the acceptance agent during your appointment.
Third, gather your documents. You need evidence of your child’s U.S. citizenship – an original birth certificate. You’ll also need to show your parental relationship, either the birth certificate or an adoption/divorce/custody decree.
Include a valid ID and if there is another legal guardian/parent, have their ID. Make copies of the birth certificate and the IDs.
You’ll also need two separate payments. The application fee is $100, and the execution fee is $65. If you need expeditated services, it is an additional fee. Acceptable forms of payment: personal check or money order. Credit/debit cards and cash are not accepted.
What to Bring to Child’s Passport Appointment:
- Unsigned, completed DS-11 form
- Original birth certificate (proof of US citizenship)
- Parental consent or divorce/custody decree
- IDs (both parents, if applicable)
- Copies of all documents submitted
Your documents will be submitted after your appointment. It takes 8 to 11 weeks for everything to be processed and receive their passport. If you did an expedited service ($60 additional fee), then the passport should arrive within 2 to 3 weeks.
Getting a passport for your child is a simple process if you prepare. Now you know how to apply for a passport for your child, place applying for one at the top of your to-do list. Remember, if issued to a child 15 years or younger, the passport is valid for the next five years. Once you have it, you’re free to plan more international family vacations!