Children under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves. Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the child in person to apply for the passport.
What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?
You have sole legal authority
You must submit evidence of this with the application. Examples include:
Foreign documents must be accompanied by English translations.
One parent is unable to appear
If one parent/guardian cannot accompany the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent.” You must submit the completed form with the child’s passport application. The parent that cannot apply with the child must:
Photocopies or scanned copies are not acceptable. The form must be less than three months old.
Please note: In Japan, a DS-3053 notarized by a Japanese notary public is acceptable. If the document is notarized at a Japanese notary public, please be sure to attach an English translation of the notarized page. You or anyone with the appropriate language ability may do the translation.
You cannot locate the other parent, or other exigent circumstances apply
Neither parent able to appear
A third party may apply for the child’s passport with a Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” from each parent. Each parent/guardian must notarize a Form DS-3053 and give the third party permission to apply for the child.
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