Passports for Minors Under 16
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Please note that you may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 30 minutes late.
Passport applications for children under the age of 16 are submitted in the American Citizen Services unit in the U.S. Embassy. Passport service hours are from 8:00am to 11:30am, Monday through Friday (excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays.)
Parental consent rules required by the Nance/Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act became effective on July 2, 2001. Under the law, a person applying for a U.S. passport for a child under age 16 must demonstrate that both parents consent to the issuance of a passport or that the applying parent has sole authority to obtain the passport. The purpose of the two-parent consent requirement is to lessen the possibility that a U.S. passport might be used in the course of international parental child abduction.
Additionally, effective February 2004, 22 CFR 51 requires that each child applying for a passport must appear in person.
Parents or legal guardians of minors under age 16 must bring:
- A completed passport application (Form DS-11) (note: please do not sign the application form).
- One 5x5cm color passport photo taken with a white background and taken within the last 6 months. For information on passport photo requirements, please click here. A photo vendor is now available in the Embassy immigrant and non-immigrant visa waiting area, after passing through security, between 7:30am and 3:00pm, daily. The vendor’s services are a safe, secure, and economical alternative for our applicants filing passport applications.
- Sequential photos (pictures of the child growing up).
- Both parents and the child must be present at the time of applying for a passport for the minor. A consular officer must personally see the child.
- Present proof of the child's U.S. Citizenship: the child’s most recent U.S passport and the child’s U.S. birth certificate, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form DS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) or Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization.
- Photo ID of each parent: U.S or foreign passport, Peruvian DNI, driver’s license, U.S military or U.S government ID, Alien Resident Card from USCIS.
- Evidence of child’s relationship to Parent/Guardians: Birth Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form DS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) with parent’s name. If applicable, court order establishing custody by one of the parents or guardianship.
- Parental consent: Both parents must appear together and sign the completed passport application. If one of the parents resides in another country, one parent must appear, sign the completed application AND submit the second parent's written, notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053) authorizing passport issuance for the child, along with a photocopy of a photo identification of the second parent with a clearly visible signature. If the parent applying does not have access to Form , they may substitute a written, notarized statement with the following text (a photocopy of ID with visible signature is still required):
I, (insert name), hereby grant my consent to the issuance of a United States passport to my child: (name of child) (child's date of birth). I make this statement under penalty of perjury, subject to applicable federal law.( signature of parent) (date).
* Please note that in certain circumstances, a notarized consent letter will not be admissible, and the missing parent will be required to appear in person. Or one parent must appear, sign the completed application, and submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply (One of the following):
- Child's certified U.S. birth certificate listing only the applying parent; or
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only the applying parent; or
- Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child's travel is restricted by that order); or
- Adoption decree (if the applying parent is sole adopting parent); or
- Death certificate of the non-applying parent.
If none of the above documentation is available, the applying parent/guardian should submit a signed, sworn statement explaining why the non-applying parent/guardian's consent cannot be obtained.
A third party in loco parentis applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 16 must submit a notarized written statement of affidavit from both parents or guardians authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport. When the statement of affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.
US$105.00 for applicants under 16 payable in cash (in U.S. Dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles), or credit card only.
Starting October 1, 2011
Every applicant requesting a consular report of birth abroad, passport and/or notary services, must bring their own set of copies along with the original documents. Unfortunately, as per US government regulations we are required to charge US$1 per copy taken at the Embassy. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free version by clicking the link above.