To apply for a passport for a new born, you will need to gather the necessary documents and submit them to the U.S. Department of State. Here are the general steps to follow:
- Gather the necessary documents: You will need a copy of the baby’s birth certificate, a government-issued photo ID for the parent(s), and a passport photo of the baby that meets the State Department’s requirements.
- Complete the appropriate form: You will need to fill out form DS-11, which is the application for a new passport. This form can be completed online or by hand.
- Submit the form and documents: You can submit the form and documents in person at a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility or by mail to the address provided on the form.
- Pay the fee: The fee for a new passport is $80 for children under 16.
- Wait for processing: The State Department estimates that it takes about 4-6 weeks to process a new passport application. The actual processing time may vary depending on the time of year and the demand for passports.
- Receive your passport: When your baby’s passport is ready, it will be mailed to you.
It is important to note that both parents or legal guardians must sign the application form, and if one parent is unable to be present at the time of the application, they will need to sign a notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16.