Passports for Minor Children
To enhance the accurate identification of passport applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and trafficking, the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs requires the personal appearance of all minors applying for U.S. passports. This applies to all regular, official and diplomatic passports for children under the age of 16, even if the child has previously been issued a passport.
When applying for a U.S. passport for minors parents are required to have their child present and submit documentation of parental relationship and consent.
- Documentation of parental relationship (e.g. the child's birth certificate and/or the child's Brazilian passport that gives the name of the parents)
- Documents that prove U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or report of birth abroad)
- Application forms:
- Complete DS-11 online and print.
- If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, click on Form DS-11 (PDF 90KB).
- DS-3053 (PDF 29KB) (Notarized Statement of Consent and a certified copy of the other non-applying parent's ID document - if a parent cannot be present for the appointment).
- DS-5525 (PDF 41KB) (Statement of Exigent/ Special Family Circumstances - if one parent cannot be located to give parental authorization)
- One recent, color photograph 2x2 inches (5x5 cm)
- In case of passport renewals, if the child's physical appearance has changed significantly since the last passport photograph, the Embassy/Consulate may request transitional photos as proof of identification.