Travel & U.S. Passports for Children

There is a highly complex set of rules that consular and passport officers follow when determining when they may issue a U.S. passport for a minor child. These officers have wide discretion to deny a passport application that has flaws. A parent’s custody agreement or court order must have precise wording to ensure the parent is able to obtain a passport for their child, and it benefits a parent to seek competent legal advice early in the process to maximize their efforts in securing these travel documents.