If you are applying to renew a U.S. passport issued before age 16 or more than 15 years ago, you must apply in person through a pre-arranged appointment.
Minors ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves. However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the minor to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.
Note: Although the two-parent consent requirement does not apply to minors aged 16 or 17, per Department regulations (PDF) a passport generally will not be issued to a minor if a parent or legal guardian who has custodial rights over a minor has notified the Department in writing that he or she objects to issuance of the passport.
Examples of Parental Awareness:
- Having a parent accompany the minor when applying, or
- A signed statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent’s ID).