Minors under age 16 must apply in person. All minors regardless of age, including newborns and infants, must have their own passport.
The most efficient way for a minor under the age of 16 to apply for a U.S passport is to present the required documentation and for both parents to appear at the time of application. View the eight-step application process.
Second Parent Not Present / No Parent Available
If only one parent can apply, then the applying parent / guardian must have the additional documentation required for a single-signature application at the time of application. Incomplete submissions will delay passport issuance. View examples of acceptable evidence (PDF) proving citizenship, relationship, and identity.
The law requires that all applications be signed under oath under penalty of perjury.