Children must have their own passport regardless of age. If you want to apply for a passport for your child, you must appear in person at the Citizen Service Centre of your local municipality. When you go there, you should note the following:
- You must bring the child.
- You must bring the child’s original certificate of naming or baptism.
- If you have joint custody, both parents must sign the application form. However, both parents need not appear. The parent who appears must be able to prove his or her identity. If you have sole custody, the Citizen Service Centre may demand supporting documents.
- The photo requirements are the same for children and adults.
In general, children under the age of 15 who were included on their parents’ passports before 1 October 2004 do not need their own passport. Please note, however, that some countries do not accept inclusion of a child on the parents’ passports.
Deletion of the child from the other parent’s passport
A parent having custody of a child under the age of 15 may request that the child be deleted from the passport of a parent who does not have custody of the child. It is a condition that the child has its own passport.
The police may temporarily confiscate a passport to delete a child included on the passport. The decision is made by the police, and the decision cannot be appealed to other administrative authorities.
An application to have a child deleted from another parent’s passport must be submitted to the local municipality. The application must include supporting documents proving that the applicant has custody of the child.