How to Get a Passport for an Internationally Adopted Child

Obtaining a U.S. passport for a child that has been adopted internationally will require you to submit a lot of documentation. Fortunately, the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows for a child born internationally to obtain automatic U.S. citizenship once they are adopted by American citizens, as long as they were not over the age of 18 on February 27, 2001.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport fee
  • Passport photos
  • Form DS-11
  • Adoption decree
  • Identification of parents
  • Passport consent authorization
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Evidence of relationship to child
  • Evidence of American citizenship


    • 1

      Obtain two identical passport photos of the child. The passport photos must be recent (within the last six months) and meet standard passport photo criteria. Please see the website (see Resources) for specific information regarding passport photo criteria.

    • 2

      Complete Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport. You can obtain this application form at any local U.S. post office or passport agency. Do not sign the application until you are instructed to do so by the passport agent.

    • 3

      Bring your child and both adoptive parents to a local acceptance facility or passport agency. You can use the link (see Resources) to find a location near where you live. Make sure that you bring all required paperwork with you, including your Form DS-11, required paperwork and passport processing fees.

    • 4

      Submit the two passport photographs and evidence of the child's U.S. Citizenship. In your case, your child's overseas birth certificate or consular report of birth abroad will meet this requirement.

    • 5

      Submit evidence of your relationship to the child. Because your child has been adopted, the adoption decree with both parents' names on it will meet this criteria.

    • 6

      Present the identification of both parents. This can be a state-issued driver's licence, military identification card, government employee identification card or a previously issued passport.

    • 7

      Provide photocopies of all pieces of identification that were presented on plain white paper. These photocopies will be retained by the passport agency.

    • 8

      Provide consent authorizing the issuance of a passport for the minor child. The consent criteria may vary, depending on your situation. See the authorization criteria (see Resources) for the specific information that must be provided.

    • 9

      Pay the $105 passport book fee. This includes the application fee and the execution fee. Your passport fee can be paid by check, money order or major credit card and will be processed within four to six weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • All foreign documents must be submitted with an English translation.
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