Personal Appearance of all Minors
To enhance the accurate identification of passport applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and trafficking, the Department of State requires the personal appearance of all minors applying for U.S. passports. This applies even if the child has previously been issued a passport, regardless of place of issuance. The personal appearance requirement for all minors is a further step towards ensuring the integrity of the passport application process. The State Department strongly encourages both parents/legal guardians’ to apply in person for passports for their children. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must submit proof of their relationship to the minor applicant and proof of parental consent.
How to Submit an Application for a Minor under Age 16
Please follow the steps below.
STEP 1: Complete Passport Application
Please use Form DS 11 (PDF – 96KB). You can either print the form and complete it by hand or you can complete the form online and print it. Please disregard the instructions printed on pages 1-2 since that information pertains to passport renewal when residing in the U.S.The Form DS 11 (PDF – 96KB) must be printed on individual pages; double-sided applications are not accepted. Please note that according to U.S. law (26 USC 6039E) applicants for U.S. passports must provide a correct Social Security Number on the passport application. Failure to provide a Social Security Number if you have been issued one can result in a $500 fine enforced by the IRS. If you have never been issued a Social Security Number, write zeros in the boxes. The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm does not have access to Social Security Administration records.
STEP 2: Photographs
STEP 3: Submit Evidence of Relationship between Child and Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
Both parents’/legal guardians’ consent is required for children under 16 years of age and the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must submit evidence of their relationship to the minor applicant:
- Children resident in Sweden: A recently issued (issued within the last 3 months) Extract from the Population Register (Personbevis) from the Swedish tax authorities (Skatteverket) (Swedish) in the child’s name, which includes the names of the child’s legal guardians (vårdnadshavare).
- Children not resident in Sweden who are unable to obtain a Swedish “Personbevis”: The child’s original birth certificate, listing date and place of birth of the child, as well as the names of the parents.
- If applicable, the most recently issued U.S. divorce/custody order establishing the name(s) of the legal guardian(s) or custodial parent(s) in original, or a certified, sealed copy, is required.
- If the child is adopted, the child’s adoption decree in original, or a certified sealed copy, is required.
If both parents/legal guardians are unable to accompany the child to the Embassy, the absent parent/legal guardian must submit a copy of his/her ID, AND a signed and notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS 3053) granting permission for passport issuance for the minor child. The Embassy accepts forms signed before a Swedish notary public (to be found in the phone book under “notarius publicus”) or before a U.S. notary public. U.S. embassies and Consulates worldwide perform this service free of charge. Please download Form DS-3053 (PDF – 28KB).
STEP 4: Fees
The fee for a minor under age 16 is $115.00. Personal checks, U.S. Bank checks and postal money orders (“postanvisning”) are NOT accepted. You may pay with a credit card.
STEP 5: Postage
We cannot accept stamps or any other form of shipment. Failure to submit a shipment label according to the following instructions will only result in delays.
Prepare a shipment label ordered here (Skicka Direkt):
Choose REK (registered mail) postage and the weight of 50g-2kg:
Use the following From/Från address:
US Embassy, Attn: ACS
Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31
SE-115 89 Stockholm
The recipient (Till) is the person to which you would like your passport to be delivered (that is the name of the passport holder for an adult and the name of a parent for a minor).
Be advised that the addressee must present a valid Swedish ID to retrieve registered mail from the designated local delivery location.
Passport cards: An application for a passport book will take approximately three weeks to process and for a passport card, six to eight weeks. If you would like to receive your passport book before the passport card, please provide two return envelopes with your application. Otherwise we will keep your passport book until we receive the passport card.
STEP 6: Set Up An Appointment
The link below will take you to our online calendar where you can choose a date and time slot of your choice. Please note that we will not be able to accept an application if you are missing any of the required documents pertaining to your case.
Please make separate appointments for each service provided. If you have two passport applications please schedule separate appointments for application.
Passports are printed in the United States with a secure photo-digitized image of the bearer. Upon receiving a complete application the processing time for a passport is approximately 15 business days.