MINOR’S PASSPORT (Under Age 16)
STEP 1: Complete Application Form
- Complete Form DS-11 by entering your information online. Print Form DS-11 on plain white sheets of paper. Do NOT print this form on the front and back of the same sheet.
Failure to provide information requested on this form, including your social security number, may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.
- Do not sign Form DS-11 until instructed to do so by an authorized official at the U.S. Embassy on the day of your appointment.
STEP 2: Schedule an Appointment
To submit the application, request an appointment at the American Citizen Services Appointment System.
STEP 3: Appointment Day
Both parents must be accompany the child to the appointment and be able to present their passports or identification documents, as well.
- Bring one (1) photo One (1) photo
The passport photograph must be:
- Taken within the last six months, showing current appearance;
- 2 x 2 inches in overall size;
- Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin;
- Taken against a white or off-white background;
- Clear with a centered, full-frontal view of the applicant’s face;
- Taken in normal attire:
- Military attire and law enforcement uniforms cannot be worn in passport photographs;
- Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hairline unless for religious or medical reasons;
- Glasses/eyewear should be removed.
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- Bring the U.S. birth certificate or the Consular Report of Birth Abroad of the child/children.
- Most recent passport
- If the child’s physical appearance has changed significantly since the last passport photograph, the Consular officer may request photos that show the minor’s age progression.
- If one parent is not available, the applying parent should present either a notarized DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” or a certified court order indicating that the applying parent has sole legal custody. Alternatively, the applying parent could furnish an original death certificate of the non-appearing parent. If a father is not listed on the birth certificate, only the mother needs to appear with the child.
- The application fee is payable in dollars or the equivalent in Ugandan Shillings, USD or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express, or Discover).
If one parent is not available, the applying parent should present one of the following:
- A DS-3053, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16. The form must be notarized and include the child’s full name and date of birth and list the non-applying parent’s/guardian’s relationship to the minor, along with a copy of front and back of a photo identification from the non-applying parent/guardian authorizing passport issuance for the child. Limited or qualified consent statements are not acceptable.
- A court order specifically permitting the applying parent/guardian to apply for the child’s U.S. passport; or
- A court order granting sole legal custody to the applying parent/guardian (unless the child’s travel is restricted by that order); or
- A certified U.S. birth certificate, foreign birth certificate, or Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) listing only the applying parent; or
- An adoption decree if the applying parent is the sole adopting parent; or
- A judicial declaration of incompetence of the non-applying parent/guardian; or
- A power of attorney that specifically grants the applying parent/guardian permission to apply for the child’s U.S. passport. The power of attorney must be notarized and include the child’s full name, date of birth, affiant’s relationship to minor, the affiant’s street address, email address and phone number; or
- The death certificate of the non-applying parent/guardian.
Please note: Form DS-3053 is only valid for 90 days following the date of notarization.
If neither parent is appearing with the minor applicant (under age 16) at the time of appointment:
- Each parent should provide a notarized original Statement of Consent (DS-3053),
- Please submit a separate notarized statement from both parent(s)/guardian(s) along with copies of the front and back of their photo identification authorizing the third party to obtain a U.S. passport on behalf of the child. Limited or qualified consent statements are not acceptable. When a notarized consent statement from only one parent/guardian is provided, evidence that the authorizing parent/guardian has sole custody of the child or specific authority to apply for the child’s U.S. passport must also be submitted.
STEP 4: Collect Passport
Allow approximately 15 working days for processing. Passports must be collected at the Consular Section by the applicant or authorized representative. Applicants will receive an email when their passports are ready for collection.