Children under Sixteen
Requirements for Children Under Sixteen
AIT is committed to the prevention of International Parental Child Abduction. Both parents must execute the application for a child under sixteen. The child him/herself must also be physically present for the application. In addition to the items required for five-year passports listed above, the following additional items are required for a child under sixteen:
- original or certified true copy of the child's U.S. birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- valid photo ID for both parents with name in English (such as a US, Taiwan or other passport or US driver's license) that matches the names on the child's birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Because during their childhood years a child undergoes a great deal of physical change, it is often very difficult to see that the applicant and the person an old passport is one and the same. For that reason AIT requests parents bring a series of “growing photos” of the child beginning with baby photos and continuing through the child’s current age. Please submit at least one photo per year of growth. Photos showing the child with the parents are also helpful. You may be required to provide additional documents, such as the child’s Taiwan passport, to establish the child’s identity.
If one parent cannot appear to execute the application, the parent who appears must also bring the following items:
- signed, notarized consent from the absent parent giving permission to issue a passport to the child
- the absent parent's valid photo ID (or a certified copy) with name in English that matches the name on the child's birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Divorce: If the parents are divorced, the applying parent must provide a court order granting custody of the child to the applying parent.
- Death: If one parent is deceased, the applying parent must bring the original or certified copy of the death certificate. If both parents are deceased, the guardian must provide both death certificates and/or proof of guardianship.
- Whereabouts unknown: If the location of one parent is unknown, the applying parent must bring a written statement in English noting the date of last contact with the absent parent, efforts made to locate the parent, and any other relevant information. A Consular officer will make a determination on a case-by-case basis. More evidence may be required.
- All applicants must prepare original and photocopies of those required documents before submitting the application. If AIT needs to phtocopy a document, there will be a charge of US$1.00 per page.