First time applicants under the age of 16 born outside of the U.S. must first establish their claim to U.S. nationality before a U.S. passport will be issued. Please refer to our information regarding how to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
Please print out only one-sided pages of the application and submit all of the following in person at the U.S. Embassy.
U.S. passport regulations require the consent of both parents/legal guardians before a U.S. passport will be issued to a minor child (unless certain circumstances apply). Options do exist if only one parent is available to sign the passport application form.
Both parents appear with their child at the Embassy, they submit current photo ID and sign their child’s passport application in the presence of a consular officer.
The second parent can express their consent to the issuance of a passport by completing Form DS-3053 : Consent (PDF 42 KB), and having it notarized by a Public Notary. The completed DS-3053 and copy of the ID presented at the time the consent form was notarized must be submitted at the interview.
There are a few points to note about completing the Consent form:
If only parent is attending the passport interview, but that parent has sole legal custody of the minor child, they must submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following:
If only one parent is attending the passport interview, and cannot obtain the consent of the second parent for a reason other than what is already addressed above, they must:
A Third Party is applying on behalf of a minor child must:
Make clear copies of each supporting document to leave as part of an application. Copies should not be certified/notarized. Applicants who do not provide photocopies will be charged US $1.00 per photocopy.
The application must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy – this requirement cannot be waived. All applicants must be present at the appointment, including minor child applicants under the age of 16.
Services are provided by appointment only, which can be scheduled online.
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