Passports for Children Under Age 16
- Step 1: Please make an appointment online
- Step 2: Please read the instruction below
- Step 3: Please complete the passport application form DS-11 (PDF 101 KB)
All children under age 16 may receive 5-year validity passports.
- Make an appointment online.
- Complete Form DS-11.
- Bring your completed form to your appointment. Please ignore the part of the form that instructs you to mail the form to the U.S. If you mail the form to the U.S., your application will be considerably delayed.
- Personal Appearance by Your Child
All children under age 16 must apply in person.
- Two-Parent Consent for Passport Issuance
All applicants under the age of 16 must meet the requirements listed in the Law on Passport Applications for Minors. In most instances this means that both parents must sign your child’s passport application. All parents or guardians must present proof of the child’s birth to verify their relationship to the child.
Parents can consent in one of two ways:
- Both parents can come to the Consulate with their passports and sign together, in person, or…
- One parent may sign in person and the other parent give his/her consent through a written affidavit (One parent signs and submits second parent’s signed consent; download the affidavit form (PDF 42 KB). The form must have been notarized by a notary public or at a U.S. embassy or consulate within the previous three months). The parent who signs in person will need to still have a copy of the other parent’s passport with him/her.
Hong Kong notarials are acceptable. All notarized statements must be in English and in original form.
See Passport Applications for Minors for more details on the documents needed to comply with the two-parent consent rule.
- Proof of Child’s Birth
First time applicants must bring along an original and a copy of one of the following documents:
- Certified U.S. birth certificate (with parents’ names); or
- Foreign birth certificate (with parent’s names); or
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) (with parents’ names); or
- Certification of Birth Abroad (DS-1350)(with parents’ names); or
- Adoption decree (with adopting parents’ names); or
- Court order establishing custody; or
- Court order establishing guardianship.
*NOTE: Children renewing a U.S. passport MUST bring a U.S. birth certificate, a naturalization certificate, a certificate of citizenship, or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
If the parent(s)/guardian current name(s) is/are other than what is stated on these documents, evidence of legal name change (e.g. marriage, divorce, court-ordered name change) is required.
Please see Obtaining Vital Records for information on how to obtain your child’s birth certificate from the U.S.
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
In addition to bringing the child’s current signed U.S. passport with a copy of the bio-data and signature pages, children renewing a U.S. passport MUST also bring the original and a copy of either:
- a U.S. birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad; or
- a U.S. naturalization certificate,; or
- a certificate of citizenship (issued by USCIS).
For first-time applicants, citizenship is proven through an official birth certificate or naturalization/citizenship certificate, or a Consular Report of Birth. All documents must be originals. See Where to Write for Vital Records to learn how to obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
- One Photo
The photo must be 2″ X 2″ (5 cm X 5 cm) with a white background. Eye glasses are no longer be allowed in U.S. passport photos. For details about the photo requirements, please see Passport Photos..
- Passport Fee
The fee for a child passport is U.S. $115 or HK $920.
Payment options are as follows:
- U.S. or local currency in cash;
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diners Club. All credit card transactions are in U.S. dollars, as if the transaction occurred in the United States.
- Social Security Card. For details about Social Security Number Requirement, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
The passport application will be sent to the United States for printing. You should allow 3 weeks for your application to be processed. If you choose to pick up the new passport in-person or send a third party to the Consulate, you may retain your current passport after your renewal appointment. Your current passport will be cancelled when you come to pick up your new passport at the Consulate. If the current passport can be cancelled at the renewal appointment, you may choose to have the new passport mailed to your Hong Kong or Macau address.
Last modified: March 21, 2019