DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
Used by all minors under age 16 to apply for a passport, even if the minor has had a passport previously or currently holds valid passport.
DS-3053: Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor under Age 16
Both parents or guardians should appear with the minor. If one parent/guardian cannot be present, the non-applying parent or guardian must complete item 3 on the DS-3053 “Statement of Consent,” providing written consent for the issuance of a passport for the minor child. Additionally, the non-applying parent or guardian consenting to the issuance of a passport for a minor child must:
Sign and date Form DS-3053 in the presence of a Certified Notary Public, and
Submit a photocopy of the front and back side of the ID that was presented to the Notary Public with Form DS-3053.
Please submit the signed, notarized DS-3053 with a DS-11 at a passport agency or an authorized passport application acceptance facility.
DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances
If you are the applying parent or guardian and the written consent of the non-applying parent or guardian or evidence of sole custody cannot be obtained in a timely manner, complete the DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances”. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian’s unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. You may also be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances.
Please submit the DS-5525 with the DS-11 at a passport agency or an authorized passport application acceptance facility.