Passport for minors

If you’re a minor, the requirements vary depending on whether you are 17, or younger. Both age groups require you to go to a Passport Acceptance Facility first.

For Minors under Age 16

  • Each minor shall appear in person.
  • All applications for children 16 and under require either parents’ or legal guardian’s consent.
  • For Minors under Age 16, you must establish proof of citizenship and proof of relationship with parents. Previous U.S. passports are not acceptable as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Present Parental Application Permission Documentation.
  • Both parents must appear together and sign or:
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits second parent’s notarized statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child (a notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16, or a notarized written statement with the same information on a sheet of paper from the non-appearing parent)
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits primary evidence of sole authority to apply
  • Complete Visa Network letter of authorization.
  • Do not sign Form DS-11 till the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.

For Minors Ages 16 & 17

  • Each minor child shall appear in person.
  • At least one parent (with Identification) should go with the minor. Minor should bring identification also if possible.
  • Do not sign Form DS-11 till the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so. If your child is unable to sign his or her own name, a parent may sign for the child by writing the child’s name on the signature line and signing the parent’s name above the child’s name.

Example:

Jane Doe for

Child M. Doe

Signature of Bearer

 


 

Gathering Documents

Go to the First Time passport requirements page. Don’t worry if this is not you or the minor’s first passport. The requirements seen there are the same. Follow all instructions.

All children regardless of age (including infants) traveling overseas must have a passport. Minor Children need to apply in person, and there’s special requirements for children under age 16. Unlike adults, passports for minors are issued for five years if applied for before age 16. This process of going through a Passport Acceptance Facility first must be repeated each time a new passport is needed, and one more time as an adult of 18 years or older. Then, you may apply directly through Visa Network.

 

The Letter of Authorization must be handwritten by the applicant only (if possible) and both parents must sign the LOA unless only 1 parent is present. The pen used must be in black or blue ink and not interchanged. All fields must be completed including Courier Company Name- be sure to write “Visa Network.”

Passport Agency fee paid at Passport Acceptance Facility (post office or county court house).

 

Visa Network Fees

2-3 weeks 100
6-8 business days 150
3-5 business days 180
24 hours 250
Same-Day 300

For 24 hour or Same-Day services, call Visa Network (415) 693-0330

Above fee does not include shipping, bank or extra handling charges that might incur during the process. Please include a credit card on the Visa Network order form.

Visit Visa Network or mail sealed envelope to

Attn: Passport Desk

Visa Network

870 Market St. STE 888

San Francisco, CA

94102

Visa Network
870 Market St. STE #888
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 693-0330
Fax: (415) 693-0220

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