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Passport Renewals for Children Under 16

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Step by step instructions for how to renew a passport for a child under the age of 16 at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Step by step instructions for how to renew a passport for a child under the age of 16 at the U.S. Embassy in London.

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  • Five Steps to Renewing a Passport for a child under 16
  • Five Steps to Renewing a Passport for a child under 16
  • You say to follow the instructions for submitting your application as outlined in this guide, but they are not highlighted as such. Should we just say follow the instructions for submitting your application as outlined in this guide.
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    • 1. Renewing a U.S. Passport for Children (Age 15 and Under)A presentation by U.S. Embassy London
    • 2. Step 1 Complete Application Form DS-11Step 2 Gather Additional DocumentsStep 3 Obtain Passport PhotographsStep 4 Schedule the AppointmentStep 5 Pay the Application FeeStep 6 Processing Your Application
    • 3. Complete Application Form DS-11
    • 4. COMPLETE FORM DS-11You may complete the form on line using either the onlinePassport Application Wizard or the electronic version of theDS-11 (PDF, 1004kb). The completed form should bedownloaded and printed on separate sheets of white A4 orletter-size paper.If you would rather completethe form by hand, pleasedownload and complete with ablack ink pen, using blockletters.
    • 5. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Complete sections 1 to 22You are required to complete sections 1 to 22 in full paying specialattention to the areas that we have highlighted in this presentation andnoting the following:• The Embassy does not offer anExpedite Service.• The U.S. Passport Card cannot beused for international air travel.If you are completing the electronicDS-11 form, please ignore theinstructions on pages 1 & 2 as theyapply to residents of the United Statesonly.
    • 6. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Pay special attention to:Item 2 – Date of Birth: The date of birth should be filled in using theAmerican date format of MM/DD/YYYY.
    • 7. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Pay special attention to:Item 5 - Social Security Number: You must complete this item.Failure to provide a Social Security Number, if you have been issuedone, can result in a $500 fine enforced by the IRS.If you have never had a Social Security Number (SSN), write zeros in theboxes.If you have a number, but do not remember it, call the EmbassysFederal Benefits Unit for assistance. You may call the Federal BenefitsUnit any workday, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at: 020-7894-0926or 020-7894-0927.
    • 8. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Pay special attention to:Item 8 - Mailing Address: Complete this item with a UK streetaddress, either your home address or the address where you are staying.(Please note that APO addresses will not be accepted.)
    • 9. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Pay special attention to:Item 17 - Permanent Address or Residence: Complete this itemwith any address you consider to be your permanent address. This neednot be in the U.K. or the U.S.
    • 10. COMPLETE FORM DS-11Pay special attention to:Oath & Signature: Do not sign the application. The parent/legalguardian will be required to sign the application in front of a consularofficer on the day of the interview. Please be sure to read the "Acts orConditions" as outlined in the instruction pages. If any mentioned acts orconditions have been performed by or apply to the applicant, you will beasked to provide a written statement with the application.
    • 11. Gather Additional Documents
    • 12. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport
    • 13. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;
    • 14. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.
    • 15. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, please be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way to do this is to present one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family photos are acceptable.
    • 16. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, please be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way to do this is to provide one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family photos are acceptable.  The parents’ valid U.S. or foreign passport and proof of parentage
    • 17. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, please be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way to do this is to provide one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family photos are acceptable.  The parents’ valid U.S. or foreign passport and proof of parentage  Parental Consent Form DS-3053 (if only one parent can attend the appointment)
    • 18. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport that the child may currently hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way tothe two These are do this most forgotten items is to provide one to two photographs per year of the child when applying. from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family Missing documents photos are acceptable. can cause delays in  The parents’ valid U.S. or foreign passport and proof processing! of parentage  Parental Consent Form DS-3053 (if only one parent can attend the appointment)
    • 19. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport What’s “proof of  Any foreign passport that the child may currently parentage”? hold, have held, or been included in;  If the child has changed his/her name since the last U.S. passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way to do this is to provide one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family photos are acceptable.  The parents’ valid U.S. or foreign passport and proof of parentage  Parental Consent Form DS-3053 (if only one parent can attend the appointment)
    • 20. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS Proof of ParentageParents must submit their valid U.S. or foreign passport; and one of thefollowing:  U.S. state birth certificate (either vital statistics or Department of Health) with parents„ names;  Certified foreign birth certificate (with parents„ names and translation, if necessary);  Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form-240) (with parents names);  Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) (with parents names);  Adoption Decree (with adopting parents names) as well as amended State birth certificate listing adoptive parents names;  Court Order establishing custody; or  Court Order establishing guardianship.Note: If your name is not the same as your childs last name you must submitdocumentation that will link your names or link you to the child(marriage/divorce certificate, court order).
    • 21. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS  Child’s most recent U.S. Passport  Any foreign passport “Parental may currently What’sincluded that the child the in; hold, have held, or been  If the childConsent his/her name since the last U.S. has changed Form”? passport was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation. Please visit our website for additional information about name changes.  Age Progression Photos - If the most recent passport was issued while the child was under the age of 5, be prepared to provide additional proof of the child‟s identity. One way to do this is to provide one to two photographs per year of the child from the age in the previous passport to the present age. Family photos are acceptable.  The parents’ valid U.S. or foreign passport and proof of parentage  Parental Consent Form DS-3053 (if only one parent can attend the appointment)
    • 22. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS Parental Consent Form DS-3053 All children under the age of 16 are required to appear at the Embassy or Consulate with both parents for all passport services. However, if only one parent is able to attend , they are required to bring:  Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) completed by the absent parent and notarized before a U.S. or U.K. Notary Public, or U.K. Solicitor. A U.S. consular officer may also notarize the Form DS-3053 . Contact us for further information . (The DS-3053 must be presented within 3 months of the date on which it was notarized): and  ID for the absent parent in the form of one of the following: • Valid U.S. or foreign passport or a good notarized photocopy of the identity and signature pages; • Valid drivers license; • Valid military ID; • Valid U.S. government ID; • Certification of Naturalization or Citizenship from the USCIS with photograph; or • Alien Resident Card from USCIS (green card).
    • 23. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS Parental Consent Form DS-3053 Parents with sole custody of their child will be required to furnish evidence of their sole authority to apply for the passport in the form of one of the following:  Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing you as the only parent;  Childs birth certificate listing you as the only parent;  Adoption decree (if you are the sole adopting parent);  Court Order granting sole custody to you (i.e. the absent parent has no access to the child. Childs travel must not be restricted by that order;  Judicial declaration of incompetence of other parent; or  Death certificate of other parent.
    • 24. ObtainPassport Photographs
    • 25. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHSApplicants must provide one passport photograph.Photographs that do not meet the specification outlinedwill be rejected and cause delays in processing. White or off-white background 2 inches by 2 inches square (51mm by 51mm) Your head should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches(22mm and 35mm) or between 50% and 69% of theimage‟s total height  Vending machine photographs and photographs printed on a home computer are unacceptable.
    • 26. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS You can lay the child on a white/off-white sheet , or place the baby in a car seat covered with a white/off- white sheetNo-one else should be visible in the photograph
    • 27. Schedule theAppointment
    • 28. SCHEDULE THE APPOINTMENTAppointments can only be scheduled on the Embassy’s website!Children under the age of 16 must appear in person accompanied by atleast one parent through a pre-arranged appointment. The appointmentis scheduled for the child. Accompanying parent(s) should list theirnames in the box provided.Each child applying to renew their passport requires anindividual appointment. Don‟t worry if you can‟t book the same timeslot. You will be seen all together on the day of your appointment.On scheduling the appointment, print the confirmation sheet and bring itwith you to the appointment.Do not send the completed application form to the UnitedStates! You must bring it to the appointment.
    • 29. Pay theApplicable Fee
    • 30. FEESThe fee is $105.00 USD. Paid on the day of the appointment.The fee is a non-refundableprocessing fee and is retainedby the Department of Statewhether or not thepassport is issued.
    • 31. FEESWe accept: • Credit card - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diners Club; • Debit card - Visa or MasterCard only; • Banker’s Draft drawn in U.S. dollars only on a bank in the United States made payable to the “United States Disbursing Officer” issued with the last 5 months; • International Money Order to the exact U.S. dollar amount made payable to the “United States Disbursing Officer” issued within the last 5 months; or • Cash in U.S. dollars or pounds Sterling ( London or Belfast only). We are not authorized to accept personal checks.
    • 32. Processing Your Application
    • 33. PROCESSINGProcessing takes, on average, 15 working days (3 weeks) fromthe day the Embassy receives the application.The passport(s) will be returned to you by the Embassy‟s contractedcourier service, DX Secure, or Royal Mail. You may choose the method ofdelivery. If using Royal Mail, please furnish a self-addressed, preparedRoyal Mail Special Delivery Envelope with the application that showspostage paid up to 500 grams. The services of DX Secure can bepurchased in the lobby of American Citizen Services on the day of yourappointment.Please note: Applicants are not permitted to appear in personto pick up passports.
    • 34. Now that you know what to do, click on the country where you reside to book an appointment. England/ Scotland N. Ireland Wales
    • 35. PHOTO CREDITS • Slide 11 – Richard Hodson, Son & Co Locks documents by Black Country Museums • Slide 19 & 21 – What‟s going on? by SAN_DRINO • Slide 29 - Oxford Lumber 1930s Cash Register by Lakelandlocal • Slide 32 - Day 47/365 - Dead Tree Graveyard by Kevin H This listing of photographs/photographers is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Embassy. All opinions expressed by the photographers listed are those solely of the participants and contributors and not of the United States Government. Links are believed to be correct at the time listed but the U.S. Embassy accepts no liability for subsequent changes to these details and no reliance should be placed upon them.
    • 36. FOLLOW US!Click on the logos below for more useful information from the U.S. Embassy in London! American Visa Services Citizen Blog Services Blog http://london.usembassy.gov