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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • PASSPORT FOR A MINOR

  • Both the parents’ written permission is required to issue a passport document to a minor.


    An application for issuing a passport to a minor is submitted by both the parents or one of them together with a written permission of the other parent  containing the confirmation of the signature of their own hands by the passport organ( consulate, provincial governor’s office)  or a notary. In case of the lack of the parents’ unanimity of opinions or impossibility of gaining the permission from  one of them, the permission to issue a passport document is replaced by a judgement of the Family Division.
    These regulations are applied accordingly to the minor’s guardians by appointment of court.


    The presence of a minor over five years old is required on submitting an application for issuing them a passport document.
    You must submit:

    • A completed application for issuing a passport or a provisional passport (forms are available at the consular office)
    • A passport application should be completed legibly. The signature in the box placed under the photograph is put by the persons over thirteen years of age. The signature must not touch or cross the lines of the box (the signature will be placed in the new passport). The signature of the holder is not placed in passport documents issued to persons under thirteen years of age.
    • A colour photograph of 35x45 mm measurements, taken within the last six months against the light uniform background, reproducing the natural complexion, being in focus, and showing the eyes clearly, especially the pupils, and also the face from the top of the head to the upper part of the shoulders so that he face covers 70-80% of the photograph; the photograph is supposed to show the person in a frontal position without a hat or dark glasses, looking straight ahead with their eyes open, hair uncovered, with a natural facial expression and closed mouth.

    In case of a person holding a disability certificate or a certificate specifying the extent of disability (issued according to the regulations on the certificate of disability or extent of disability), and also a person whose state of health does not allow them to have the above-mention photograph taken in terms of the image, they can submit a 35x45 photograph taken within the last six months against the light uniform background, reproducing the natural complexion, being in focus, and showing the face from the top of the head to the upper part of the shoulders so that the face covers 70-80% of the photograph; the photograph is supposed to show the person in a frontal position.

     

    The above-mention requirements are also applied to children under five years of age.

    In case of a person with an inborn or inherited sight defect they may present a photograph showing them with dark glasses. In such a case they should submit a certificate of the disability of a person under sixteen years of age and a certificate specifying the extent of disability of a person over sixteen years of age, caused by an inborn or inherited sight defect issued according to the regulations on certification of disability and extent of disability.

     

    In case of a person wearing a hat according to the rules of their faith  they may present a photograph showing them with a hat, which must not cover or distort the oval of the face. In such a case you should submit a certificate stating the membership  of a religious community  registered in the Republic of Poland.

    • An abbreviated or unabridged copy of the Polish birth certificate- in case of applying for a passport document abroad by a non-holder of PESEL number.
    • A document confirming the right to have a concession or a document entitling to fee exemption.
    • Possibly other documents, e.g. a document containing  a photograph confirming  a person’s identity.

    If the data contained in the submitted documents or the data contained in the available records raise doubts about a minor’s identity or citizenship or there are discrepancies in the minor’s data in the available documents and records, the consul may demand submitting other documents, particularly  abbreviated copies of Polish marriage certificates , unabridged copies of Polish marriage certificates or documents confirming having Polish citizenship issued on the grounds of the regulations of the Citizenship Act of 2nd April 2009( the Journal of Laws of 2012, item 161).


    If a minor’s paternity has not been admitted or established, you must submit an unabridged copy of the Polish marriage certificate while applying for them.


    If the data of the child’s father were written in the birth certificate on the grounds of art.42sec.2 of the “Law on Registers of Civilian Status” Act( i.e. in a situation when paternity has not been admitted or established), only the child’s mother gives permission for issuing a passport document.


    A person above six years of age has the fingerprints of both the hands taken with the help of an electronic device for fingerprinting.


    In case of the unclear lines of the fingerprints or lack of one of these fingers, the fingerprints of the pairs of middle fingers, ring fingers or thumbs are taken successively.


    The biometric data in the form of fingerprints  are subject to encoding after entering the passport records.
    On submitting an application for issuing a passport you must show the minor’s currently held passport document  and in case of the loss or damage of the passport document , submit the notification of the loss or damage of a passport document( in a form available at the consular office).


    The minor’s parents( or accordingly the guardians by appointment of court) are also obliged to present their passport documents( or accordingly possibly identity cards) on submitting  a passport application.

     

    Attention! On 26th  June all the entries on the children’s data placed in their parents’ passports made before 28th August 2006 lost validity.


    ( The entries on the children’s data in their parents’ passports have not been made since 28th August 2006).   
     

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