How to Apply for a Kids Passport

Everyone needs a passport to travel internationally. This includes minors, or kids who are younger than 16 years old.

To get a kid passport (i.e., minor passport), both parents or guardians on the birth certificate must give consent at the time of application. However, if one parent or guardian cannot be present, he or she must provide a notarized consent form.

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For instructions on the passport application process for minors under 16 years old, please see New Passport Processing.

NOTE: Additionally, you can review the process for a kids passport by clicking the Checklist for the Child (minor) passport.

Tips on Kids Passports

What if my child does not have a Social Security Number?

Important to remember, if your infant child does not have a Social Security Number yet, you may enter all zeros on the US passport application.

Applying for a Kid Passport at the Acceptance Facility

  • First, the acceptance agent at your local passport acceptance facility must verify the identity of the minor child applicant as well as the identity of the parents or guardians. For a list of acceptable documents parents may use, see Proof of Identity for Parents.
  • While a kid passport is cheaper than the adult passport, you cannot renew a kids passport. Kids passports are only valid for 5 years. As such, parents must complete an entirely NEW kid passport application process every time it expires.
  • Lastly, if you misplaced your child’s birth certificate, you may use an Express Birth Certificate Service to get the birth certificate quickly.

Passports Online is the leading US passport portal online. If you need any assistance with passport applications, please let us know. Our partners offer passport expediting services to help you get a kids passport fast and/or expedite any other US passport application.

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