A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for Your Child's Passport (Ages 15 and under)

Applying for your child's passport can be a straightforward process if you know what to expect and prepare accordingly. Whether you're planning a family vacation or need the passport for other reasons, here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

1. Gather Required Documents

Before you start the application process, make sure you have all the necessary documents ready. These typically include:

  • Proof of Citizenship: This could be a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship.
  • Proof of Relationship: If you're the parent, you'll need to show proof of your relationship to the child. This could be a birth certificate or adoption decree.
  • Parental Consent: Both parents/guardians must provide consent for the passport unless one parent has sole custody. If one parent is unable to be present, a notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053) is required.
  • Passport Photo: A recent passport photo of the child. The photo must meet specific requirements, so it's best to have it taken at a passport agency or a professional photo studio.
  • Identification: Parents need to provide identification for themself, such as a valid driver's license or passport.

2. Fill Out the Application Form

The next step is to fill out the appropriate application form. For minors under the age of 16, you'll need to fill out Form DS-11. The form can be completed online.

3. Submit the Application in Person

Unlike adult passport applications, child passport applications must be submitted in person. You can do this at a local passport acceptance facility, which could be a post office, clerk of court, or public library.

4. Pay the Fees

There are several fees associated with applying for a child's passport. These include an application fee, an execution fee, and optional expedited processing fees. Check the latest fee schedule on the Department of State's website.

5. Await Processing

After submitting your application, you'll need to wait for it to be processed. Processing times can range from 3 to 6 weeks.

6. Receive the Passport

Once your child's passport application has been processed, you'll receive the passport in the mail. It's essential to double-check all the details to ensure they are correct.

7. Expediting Options

If you need to get the passport quicker, you can contact RushPassport.com. Or you can call us at 212-643-9305. For an extra fee you can get the passport back in no time.


Applying for your child's passport doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following these steps and being prepared with all the necessary documents, you can ensure a smooth application process and get your child's passport in time for your next adventure.