Children under the age of 16 go through a different process to get their passport. If you want to travel outside of the US and are 15 years old or younger, you will need your parents or legal guardians with you to sign the passport forms. Parent of a very young child? No problem ï¿½ either way, you just need to follow these steps.
Get the application. You can print the DS-11 form from the U.S. Department of State website. Print the application and have your child (if possible) help you fill it out but do not sign it.;
Gather documents. You will need to have your child’s certified birth certificate and proof of identity for yourself (a driver’s license, military ID, or valid passport). If your child’s name has changed since they were born, you’ll need a court document showing the name change. If your child was adopted, you need an adoption decree.;
Statement of consent. To get a child’s passport, both parents need to be in person to sign the application at an application agency (the post office or a court house). If one parent can’t be present, they need to sign a notarized letter saying they agree to let the child have a passport. If neither of these will work for you, you can submit proof that you have sole responsibility for the child.;
Take pictures. You will need two identical color photos, two-by-two inches in size. Sears, Kinkos, Wal-Mart Portrait Studio, MailBoxes Etc. and the Post Office all have passport photo services.;
Visit an Acceptance Agency. Both your local post office and court house can accept passport applications. You will need all your items in hand. If your child is under the age of 14, they need to be with you to turn in the application but won’t sign it. Only the parents or legal guardians will. Children between 14 and 16 will sign the application with their parents.
All children (even newborns) must have their own passport to travel. They won’t be accepted on your passport.;
If you travel often, you can request a larger, 48-page passport at no extra cost. Just attach a signed request for the larger passport to your child’s application.
Make sure to provide social security numbers for yourself and your child when you apply for a passport. If you don’t provide social security numbers, the IRS can fine you $500.
US Department of State Passport Center – http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html;
Form DS-11 – http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html;
Passport 123 (Processor) – http://www.passport123.net;
Passport Photo Software – http://www.onthegosoft.com/passport_photo.htm