Children Under 16 (first time and renewal)
If you are applying for the first passport for a child under the age of 18 who was born overseas to at least one U.S. citizen parent and the birth has not been registered with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, you must report the child's birth before applying for the passport. You may apply for the child's passport at the same time you report the birth.
Step 1: Complete the forms and prepare the required documentation
- Complete Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport.
- Both parents or legal guardians of minors under age 16 must bring:
- 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 (original and copy).
- Photo ID of each parent: U.S. or foreign passport, Peruvian DNI, U.S. driver's license, U.S military or U.S government ID, Alien Resident Card from USCIS (original and copy).
- Age progression photos: Passport renewals for children should present one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age.
- The Department of State requires two-parent consent in order to issue a passport to a minor. If only one parent can be present, he/she will be required to provide the following documentation:
- Parental consent. If one of the parents resides in another country, s/he must submit an ORIGINAL written, notarized Statement of Consent Form DS-3053 authorizing passport issuance for the child, along with a photocopy of a photo identification with a clearly visible signature (i.e.: passport, driver's license, foreign ID card). The written consent must be less than 3 months old, OR
- 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, OR
- If none of the above documentation is available, the applying parent/guardian should submit a signed, sworn statement (Form DS-3053, Special Circumstances) 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 Power of Attorney (POA) from both parents or guardians authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport. This POA must be less than 3 months old.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment
- Upon scheduling an appointment, you will see a confirmation page. Please print this page and bring it with you to the interview.
- Please note that you may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 15 minutes late.
Step 3: Attend the Appointment and Pay the Applicable Fee
- Both parents and the child must be present, unless the requirements for application by one parent only are met (see Step 1). A consular officer must personally see the child.
- You must appear with your passport application complete with photographs 15 minutes before your appointment.
- Payment is made on the day of the appointment at the Embassy. Accepted payment methods are cash in U.S. Dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diner’s Club). We are not authorized to accept personal checks, money orders or banker's drafts. The fee is a non-refundable processing fee and is retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.
- Fee: US$105.00
- The average time for processing a new passport is approximately 10-15 working days, from the time of the application. A passport pickup date will be provided after the interview. Please do not contact the Embassy before the pick-up date.