Child Passport (under 18 years of age), Without Full Parental Consent
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Unmarried children under the age of 18 will be issued with individual Australian passports. Inclusion in another person’s passport (e.g. parent) is not possible.
Step 1 – Fill out your application form (Australian Passport Overseas Application)
Please do not use whiteout on the declaration section. If you make a mistake, you can cross it out and initial next to the change. If you have signed incorrectly, please fill in a new form.
Online: https://online.passports.gov.au/Infiniti/Produce/Account/Login. This link will allow you to confirm that you are eligible to apply for a passport for your child.
Note: You cannot download blank forms.
In person: You can collect a paper copy of the application at the Australian Consulate-General, Mumbai. You will need a guarantor and additional documents so we suggest that you collect this form before making an appointment to lodge your application.
Step 2 – Prove the child’s identity and Australian citizenship
Each child passport application must be supported by the child’s original Australian Citizenship Certificate or original full Australian Birth Certificate to prove Australian citizenship. Extracts, commemorative birth certificate or birth cards cannot be used.
If your child was born in Australia after 20 August 1986, you must also provide one of the following four documents:
- The child’s Australian passport issued on/after 1 January 2000 that was valid for 2 years or more; or
- One parent’s Australian birth certificate; or
- One parent’s Australian passport, issued after 20/8/1986, that was valid at the time of the applicant’s birth; or
- One parent’s Australian citizenship certificate, valid at the time of the applicant’s birth
If you are unable to provide the above documents, you must get a certificate of citizenship. Please refer to the Australian Citizenship section under Citizenship – Visa and Migration for further information.
If the child was born in India or anywhere outside of Australia, you must provide the child’s original birth certificate and the original Australian citizenship certificate.
If the child has a birth certificate in a language other than English, the birth certificate must be accompanied by an English translation.
Step 3 – Written consent from parents
Written consent must be given by each person who has parental responsibility for the child. Generally, people with parental responsibility are the parents named on the child’s full birth certificate.
If those with parental responsibility are in different locations when the child’s passport application is lodged, the non-lodging parent can provide written consent through a passport office in Australia, at Australia Post or an Australian diplomatic or consular mission overseas.
Before a passport is issued to a child (a person who is under 18 years of age and who has never been married) the child’s passport application should include the written consent of each person who has parental responsibility for the child, or an Australian court order permitting the child to have an Australian travel document, travel internationally or live or spend time with a person outside Australia. Generally, people with parental responsibility are the parents named on the child’s full birth certificate.
The only way to guarantee the issue of a passport to a child without full consent is with an Australian court order permitting the child to have an Australian travel document, travel internationally or live or spend time with a person outside Australia.
Without full consent or a court order, you may ask for your child’s application to be considered under the special circumstances set out in subsection 11(2) of the Australian Passports Act 2005 and section 10 of the Australian Passports Determination 2015.
If legal proceedings are underway that may affect parental responsibility for the child or the child’s right to travel internationally, there are limits to the special circumstances we can consider. You may wish to seek the court’s direction on passport issue before lodging the child’s passport application.
Special circumstances can include, but are not limited to:
- inability to contact a non-consenting parent for a reasonable period of time
- the existence of a family violence order against the non-consenting parent
- the child being the subject of a child welfare order.
Even when considered under the special circumstances provisions, there is no guarantee that an application without
Full consent will be approved. The delegate assessing the application can decide to:
- issue a passport, or
- not issue a passport as special circumstances do not exist, or
- refuse to exercise their discretion because the matter should be dealt with by a court.
Of these possible outcomes, only one – a decision to refuse to issue a passport because special circumstances do not exist – is a reviewable decision. If a passport is not issued to the child, the application fee is generally not refunded.
You should explain the circumstances and provide any relevant evidence. Depending on the circumstances, examples of evidence could include court orders (child welfare or family violence), medical or police reports, and/or statements from government agencies.
In assessing the case, we may seek to contact the non-consenting parent or other persons for further information.
Foreign court orders
Certain foreign court orders make it unnecessary to provide the consent of a person with parental responsibility. These are:
- foreign court orders removing parental responsibility that have been registered under the Australian Family Law Act 1975, and
- orders from a court of a country that has signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction permitting a child to travel internationally (see http://bit.ly/intchildabduction). However, you must still complete Form B9* – Child without full parental consent (pdf) to request that the child’s passport application be considered under the special circumstances provisions.
In all other cases, even if foreign court orders remove parental rights, the consent of a person with parental responsibility is still required.
If you choose to provide foreign court orders to support your child’s passport application, you must have them translated into English
Step 4 – Photos
Three identical colour photos that are no more than six months old. Please carefully check the Passport photo guidelines to avoid rejection. Home-printed photos are usually not acceptable as there are strict requirements.
Your Guarantor must endorse one photo in black pen as follows: “This is a true photo of [the applicant’s full name]”, and then sign it below. Do not use paper clips or staples to attach photos to the form as this may make them unusable.
Step 5 – Guarantor
As well as endorsing your photo, ensure Section 11 is completed by a guarantor who meets the following criteria:
- is 18 years of age or over
- has known the applicant for at least 12 months
- is not related to the applicant by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship, or lives at the applicant’s address
- holds a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two years validity
If the guarantor is not an Australian Passport holder he/she must be currently employed in the following approved professional or occupational group and contactable:
1. Chartered Accountants
2. Bank Managers
3. Legal practitioners
4. Chartered professional engineers
6. Registered Medical Practitioners
7. Holders of statutory offices for which an annual salary is payable
9. Police Officers
10. Postal Managers
11. Public Servants – current full-time employees of state or local governments or statutory authorities
12. Teachers – full time
13. Registered veterinary surgeons
Step 6 – Make an appointment to lodge your passport application.
For Passport applications lodged in person at the Australian Consulate-General, Mumbai a prior appointment is required. You can book your appointment via the link AustralianConsulateMumbai/Appointments
Step 7 – Lodge your application and pay the fee. Applications must be lodged in person by a parent or the person with parental responsibility at the Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai.
Children aged 16 or 17 must accompany their parent to lodge an application. Children under 16 do not have to attend the passport interview.
Things to bring:
- The completed and signed Australian Passport Overseas Application form
- Your most recent Australian passport (if you have one)
- Original Birth Certificate of the Child
- Original Australian Citizenship Certificate of the Child (if you have one)
- Original Passport of the parent lodging the application
- Completed B7, B9 and B11 forms. Forms available on https://www.passports.gov.au/forms/Pages/default.aspx
- All Australian OR Foreign Court Orders and any other legal documents pertaining to the child
- Three identical colour photos that are no more than six months old
- A document that supports Applicant’s mother’s family name at her birth e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate
- Additional Documents (if applicable)
- Passport Fee
- The lodging parent is required to provide an address identification document which should be same as per the current residential address mentioned on the application form. Eg: Aadhaar Card, Bank Statement
If you have completed the form online, print the application and sign and date the application form IN BLACK PEN. Make sure there are no alterations to signatures or dates.
Children aged 10 and over need to sign the application form in the box provided separately from the declaration (which is signed by a parent or a person with parental responsibility).
Fees are set in Australian dollars, and converted into Indian Rupees. The exchange rate is reviewed monthly.
We are only able to accept payment in Indian Rupees. Payment at our office can be made by Credit or Debit Cards.
We do not accept American Express (AMEX) Cards.
Passport Type: Fee (March 2023)
- 5 year validity passport (for applicants up to 15 years of age) INR 12,850 (AUD 235)
- 10 year validity passport (for applicants 16 & 17 years of age) INR 21,600 (AUD 396)
Note – (i) Courier Fee will apply, should you wish to receive your passport by courier.
(ii) Passport and Courier fees are non-refundable
Child passport applications without full consent take longer to process so normal turnaround times do not apply. As there is no guarantee the application will be successful, you should not make firm overseas travel plans until you know whether a passport will be issued.