THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE WILL RESUME THE ACCEPTANCE OF NEW PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON MAY 1, 2014. 

THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND ACCEPTING PASSPORT APPLICATIONS FROM MARCH 1, 2014 THROUGH MAY 31, 2014.  WE ANTICIPATE RESUMING THE ACCEPTANCE OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON JUNE 1, 2014.  PLEASE VISIT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV FOR INFORMATION ON APPLYING OR RENEWING PASSPORTS, AS WELL AS A LIST OF OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT BERKS COUNTY THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION.  YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE NATIONAL PASSPORT CENTER TOLL FREE AT 1-877-487-2778 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON APPLYING OR RENEWING PASSPORTS.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AND LOOK FORWARD TO RESUMING ACCEPTANCE OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON JUNE 1, 2014.

  
​U.S. Passport (Proof):  Children Under Age 16 
Effective March 23, 2011
 
Citizenship, Relationship & Identification
1.  Evidence of child's U.S. citizenship (one of the following):
 
Born in the U.S.
-  Certified U.S. birth certificate
-  Previous fully valid U.S. passport
 
Born outside the U.S.
-  Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)
-  Previously fully valid U.S. passport  
-  Certification of Citizenship or Naturalization
-  Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350)
-  Other evidence for first-time documentation
 
2.  Evidence of child's relationship to parents/guardian, (one of the following)
 
Born in the U.S.
-  Certified U.S. birth certificate including parent(s)' names
-  Adoption decree including adopting parent(s)' names
-  Court order establishing full custody
-  Court order establishing guardianship and authority to apply for passport
 
Born outside the U.S.
-  Certified foreign birth certificate including parent(s)' names,
-  Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)
-  Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) with parent(s)' names
-  Adoption decree including adopting parent(s)' names
-  Court order establishing custody
-  Court order establishing guardianship and authority to apply for passport
 
3.  Parental identification, such as one of the following:
-  Valid driver's license
-  Valid official U.S. military ID
-  Valid government (Federal, State, local) employee ID
-  Valid U.S. or foreign passport with recognizable photo
-  Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship with recognizable photo
-  Permanent Resident AlienCard
Parental Permission
1.  Both parents appear or
 
2.  Applying parent submits second parent's notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent, or other notarized written statement consenting to passport issuance for child, along with a photocopy of the non-apppearing parent's identification or
3.  Applying parent submits primary evidence of sole authority to apply, such as one of the following:
  • Child's certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only applying parent
  • Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (DS13-50) listing only one parent
  • Court order granting sole custody (unless child's travel is restricted by that order
  • Adoption decree (listing only the applying parent)
  • Court order specifically permitting applying parent's or guardian's travel with child
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent or
4.  Applying parent submits a written statement explaining why non-applying parent's consent cannot be obtained or
 
5.  Third-party in loco parentis appears with notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents or custodial parent(s) authorizing the third-party to apply for passport.  When the notarized statement or affidavit is from only one parent, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent.
Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)
 
Parents may also request that their minor (under 18 for this program) child's name be entered in the U.S. Passport name-check system.  The Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program provides:
 
-  Notification to a parent if a passport application made on behalf of his/her minor child(ren), and
-  Denial of passport issuance if appropriate court order(s) in on file with the CPIAP and the parent does not consent to the passport issuance.
 
For more information, visit travel.state.gov or contact the Office of Children's Issues by phone at: 1-888-407-4747 or email at childrenspassports@state.gov