Applicants 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 child to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.
Although two-parent consent does not apply to children aged 16 or 17, per the U.S. State Department regulations, a passport will generally not be issued to a child if the parent or legal guardian has notified the department in writing that he/she objects to issuance of the passport.
Examples of Parental Awareness
Having a parent accompany the child 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).
Photocopies and notarized copies are not accepted:
Evidence of U.S. citizenship - certified U.S. birth certificate or previously issued passport (passport may be expired, but cannot be damaged)
Photo Identification – Valid Driver’s License or current undamaged passport (if issued less than 15 years ago) copies of both the front and back of the parents ID must be submitted with the application. (copy fees apply)
Passport Photo – color 2-inch x 2-inch passport photo
Application form - DS-11 application form must be completed
Passport fees – Separate checks or money orders are required for each applicant. See Fees Schedule for current fees and accepted payments. There is a .15-cent photocopy fee per sheet for driver license and evidence of citizenship
Forms and additional information on can be found on the Department of State's website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/16-and-17.html