Requirements for Passport Application for a Minor or Child
- Personal Appearance
All children under age 16 must apply in person, accompanied by at least one parent. Two-Parent Consent is Required by Law. Both parents should appear in person, if possible, with their passports to sign for their minor children. Parents must also bring the child’s original birth certificate as evidence of parental relationship.
If only one parent can be present, that parent must provide a signed and notarized DS-3053 form from the second parent, giving consent.
- Application Form
Fill out electronically and print the DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport wizard form. If you experience trouble with this Passport Application Wizard, click here for Form DS-11 (PDF 81.3 KB). You must print the form but DO NOT sign it until the interview with the consular officer.
- Child’s Current U.S. passport
Please bring the child’s passport with your application. It will be returned after your interview. We will cancel the old passport and return it along with the new one, when it arrives.
Bring one 2″ X 2″ (or 5 cm X 5 cm) color photograph with a white background. For additional information on passport photos go here.
- Proof of Parental Relationship
One of the following must be provided:
- Certified U.S. birth certificate (with parents’ names)
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) (with parents’ names)
- Certification of Birth Abroad (DS-1350) (with parents’ names)
- Adoption decree (with adopting parents’ names)
- Court order establishing custody or guardianship
If the parent(s)/guardian current name(s) is/are other than what is stated on these documents, evidence of legal name change (e.g. marriage, divorce, court-ordered name change) is required.
All documents must be originals. Any documents not in English, Romanian, or Russian must include a translation. We may request whatever additional documentation is necessary to meet these requirements.
- Progression photos
If you are renewing your child’s passport and the first passport was issued when the child was less than one year old, please bring progression photos from different ages (at least 2 photos for every year). If your photos are digital, you may email photos to us in advance of the interview with your child’s name as the subject to ChisinauACS@state.gov.
- Fee Payment
For a list of fees and forms used for Passport Applications, go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/fees.html. We accept U.S. Dollars or Moldovan Lei, via cash or credit card.
To schedule an appointment for passport service please click here
Social Security Numbers
If your child has been issued a social security number (SSN) you must provide it on the application for a U.S. passport. If the name on their social security record does not match the name on the passport application, please make sure that question 9 on the form – ‘List all other names you have used’ is completed.
If your child does not have a Social Security Number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: My child (child’s name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”
How Long Does It Take?
Processing time is about seven to ten days after we receive your completed application and approve it. All passports are now printed in the United States and must be shipped to Moldova. Because computers break, emergencies happen, and mail is sometimes delivered late, we suggest that you do not make any unchangeable travel plans until you have the new passport in hand.
We will let you know when your child’s new passport is ready so you can come and pick it up.