Passport for minors

INFO 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).
  • 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
  • Do not sign Form DS-11 till the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so

Notify the clerk you are using an expedited service (Visa Network). All contents will be placed into a sealed envelope. If the clerk does not feel at ease about releasing the sealed envelope, suggest that he/she refer to page 31 or 44 of their Passport Agent’s manual, “Hand-carrying of Executed Applications”. Do not open this sealed envelope or the application will be invalid.

Include a copy of the DS-11 and Order Form outside of the sealed envelope for delivery.

INFO 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

Notify the clerk you are using an expedited service (Visa Network). All contents will be placed into a sealed envelope. If the clerk does not feel at ease about releasing the sealed envelope, suggest that he/she refer to page 31 or 44 of their Passport Agent’s manual, “Hand-carrying of Executed Applications”. Do not open this sealed envelope or the application will be invalid.

Include a copy of the DS-11 and Order Form outside of the sealed envelope for delivery.

Checklist

 

  1.  Letter of Authorization
    • Choose the appropriate LOA
       Letter of Authorization for ages 16 and 17
      Letter of Authorization for minors under 16 
        Check mark the top 2 boxes and write “Visa Network” next to Courier Company Name. It should all be handwritten by the applicant (if possible). Parents must sign the LOA below the minors signature. Parent may sign for the child. Don’t forget to read PDF instructions
  2. Online DS-11 application
    • Complete Online and create PDF
    • The PDF will be downloaded. Print two copies and don’t sign anything yet
  3.  Proof of US Citizenship
    • Certified birth certificate, issued by state, County Health Department, or Vital Statistics Bureau. Please note: a hospital certificate is not acceptable
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Old, expired U.S. Passport
  4.  Two Passport Photos
    • 2x2″ in size, taken in the past three months, no glasses, with white white background
  5.  Photo ID (if applicable)
    • driver’s license or state I.D.
  6.  Blank Check
    • Service fees for minors are 140 and 35 for clerk fee (varies). Some facilities do accept credit card.
  7. Permission to Process U.S. Passport Form
    • allows the Acceptance Facility to release docs back to you. More details below
  8.  Flight Itinerary or Business/Personal Letter
    • Required for expedite
  9. Copy of DS-11
    • Agency requires a copy of the DS-11 to be attached outside of the sealed envelope. If the form was handwritten, please create a new form online.
  10. Order Form
    • A form for Visa Network contact, shipping, and billing purposes. Include outside of the sealed envelope

 

Visit

 

Once you’ve gathered all your documents, visit a Passport Acceptance Facility. Most require appointments, but some allow for walk-ins. Call (415) 693-0330 if you are having trouble locating one. Notify the clerk you are using an expedited service (Visa Network). All contents will be placed into a sealed envelope. If the clerk does not feel at ease about releasing the sealed envelope, suggest that he/she refer to page 31 or 44 of their Passport Agent’s manual, “Hand-carrying of Executed Applications”. Do not open this sealed envelope or the application will be invalid. Include a copy of the DS-11 and Order Form outside of the sealed envelope for delivery.

Notice

 

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.”

Fees

AGENCY FEE

Paid directly at the Acceptance facility. The Agency fee will be enclosed inside the envelope. There is a clerk fee of $35 to be paid to the Acceptance Facility.

For 16 and under
Passport Book 80
Passport Card 15
For 17 and older
Passport Book 170
Passport Card 30

 

VISA NETWORK FEE

Fee does not include shipping (35), bank or extra handling charges that might incur during the process. We don’t have hidden fees and we won’t charge extra without letting you know. Please include a credit card on the Visa Network order form. Alternatively, you may pay with cash, check or money order.

10-15 business days 100
6-8 business days 150
3-5 business days 200
24/48 hours 250
Same-Day 300

FOR 24 HOUR OR SAME-DAY SERVICES, CALL VISA NETWORK (415) 693-0330

Mail or drop off sealed envelope to our address

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) 693-0222

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