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U.S. Passport Applications: Children Under Age 16
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APPLICATIONS FOR NEW PASSPORTS WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
 
CALL 610-478-6970 AND LISTEN FOR THE PASSPORT OPTION (#2) TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE PASSPORT APPOINTMENT CLERK.
 
PLEASE CALL ASAP IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT.
 
IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 5 MINUTES LATE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT WE WILL BE HAPPY TO RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
 
PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT. MAKE SURE ALL APPLICATIONS ARE FILLED OUT AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION COMPLETE BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT, OTHERWISE YOU WILL NEED TO RESCHEDULE.
 
 
CHILDREN UNDER AGE 16 PASSPORT INFORMATION
Passport Application Requires both Parents' Consent
 
As provided by Code of Federal Regulations Title 22, Section 51.28
Effective March 23, 2011
 
Important: All minors must appear in person when applying for a passport
 
Both parents or child's legal guardian, must:
  1. Submit evidence of child's U.S. citizenship and
  2. Submit evidence that they are the parents or guardian and
  3. Present valid personal identification and
  4. Submit a photocopy of the front and back of the identification shown and
  5. Sign and take oath before an authorized passport acceptance agent
If the second parent is not available to sign, the appearing parent must:
  1. Complete the above and
  2. Present evidence of
    • Sole legal custody of the child in the form of a CERTIFIED COURT ORDER or
    • Notarized written consent of the other parent for the issuance of the passport along with a photocopy of the non-appearing parent's identification or
    • Written statement explaining why non-applying parent's consent cannot be obtained.
If no parent is available to sign, the third-party in loco parentis must:
  1. Appear with a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents or custodial parent(s) authorizing the third-party to apply for passport. When the statement or affidavit is from only one parent, the third party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent.
The law requires that all applications be signed under oath under penalty of perjury.
The most efficient way to apply for a child under age 16 is to present the required documentation and
  1. For both parents to appear at the time of application, or
  2. If only one parent can apply, for the applying parent/guardian to present the additional documentation required at the time of application.
Incomplete submissions will delay passport issuance
 
Passport fees paid at the time of application are non-refundable processing fees.
For questions, visit www.travel.state.gov or
Call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at: 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793)
 
 
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
- Certified Court order establishing custody
- Certified 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
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