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Can one parent apply for a child's passport without the consent of the other parent?

by Anita
(IL)

Question: I do not have a court order of full custody of our son but my son is 8 years old and has lived in Illinois with me solely for the past 7.5 years. His father lives in California but travels to the Philippines frequently for long periods of time. We have not seen his father for 5 years and last contact was a phone call in February last year.


My son's passport expires next year and we are planning a cruise to the Bahamas for spring. I have mailed the statement of consent form to his father twice in past 6 months. I have attempted to contact him by phone twice as well and sent emails to an address I had on file for him also and no responses or replies.

I plan to go to the post office to see if I can get the passport renewed without his signature on the form but I want to know if the circumstances I list above will be acceptable to do so.

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate and you do not have sole legal custody of your son, then you cannot apply for a passport for him without the notarized consent of the father.

If the father cannot be located, you can submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him. Exigent/Special Family Circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and there is no guarantee that it will be approved.

Alternatively, you can request a court order from a judge that would give you permission to obtain a passport for your son and travel with him on the cruise. Please consult your lawyer concerning how to obtain such a court order.

Note, passports are NOT required to travel on a closed-loop cruise. A closed-loop cruise is one that begins and ends in the same U.S. city. For more information, click the link below.

Passports for Closed Loop Cruise

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Consent refusal
by: Anonymous

Question: I finally decided to go on vacation to Mexico for a family function. I gave the father of my child the necessary paperwork to sign so I can get her passport done. And he is refusing. What steps can I take so she can get her passport done so she can travel, since he refuses to sign?

Answer: Please contact the nearest family court to see if a judge can order him to sign the consent statement or consult your lawyer to see about filing for sole legal custody.

Minor's passport without the father
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to get a passport for my 9 year old son for travel. His father lives in another state and barely has any contact with us. I spoke to him a year ago through text and asked him if he would sign a consent form. He said he would, I have written proof. A couple months after he agreed he came back and tried blackmailing me, saying he would only do it if I would tell the state that he doesn't owe back child support. I did not respond to him. Can I use the text message as proof that he initially agreed and get the passport without his involvement?

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, you need to provide a signed and notarized consent from him. The text message will not be accepted as consent.

Please contact the nearest family court or consult your lawyer to see about filing for sole legal custody.

Help
by: MC

Question: I want to get my daughter her passport but her father doesn't want to sign for the passport. We are not together but he is listed in the birth certificate. Is there a form that I can fill out so I can get it for her? Or how can i contact a judge to provide contend?

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, his presence or notarized consent is needed to apply for your child's passport.

Since the father does not want to cooperate, we recommend you either contact the nearest family court to see if a judge will order him to provide consent or consult an attorney about getting sole legal custody.

Father does not want to sign for baby's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's father does not want to sign for my one-year-old's passport and I am planning to go to Mexico in December for my grandma's birthday party. Is there any way I can get her a passport without her father signing? We are not together.

Answer: We recommend that you either contact the nearest family court to see if a judge will order the father to provide consent or consult an attorney about getting sole legal custody.

Child support order
by: Anonymous

Question: Can a child support order be provided to prove that one has some custody? Or do I have to go to court and receive a sole custody order?

Answer: If you want to pursue sole legal custody of your child, you need to consult a lawyer. You may find Child Custody Strategies for Women to be a helpful resource.

Legal custody, not biological parent
by: Anonymous

Question: I have legal custody of my foster daughter. Her biological parents rights were not terminated. I have legal custody for school, medical, and residency. Can I get her a passport on my own?

Answer: We recommend that you speak to a lawyer to verify the provisions of your custody order.

Husband is in the military but he's not the father
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband has military orders me and my children are on the orders but he's not the biological father of my kids their fathers name is on the BC what's my options?

Answer: In order to obtain minors' passports, both biological parents need to appear with the kids at an acceptance facility. If one parent cannot apply, a signed and notarized statement of consent for passport issuance from the non-applying parent must be submitted with the application. You may use Form DS-3053.

If the father cannot be contacted, you may submit Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I took my daughter to stay with her grandparents in Guatemala and she been with them for 4 years. At the time, her father and I were still together but now we are not. I had contact with her and everything but all of a sudden her grandparents wouldn't answer my calls or anything. I located one of her uncles on Facebook and he told me that they took her to a different country and they did this without my consent. What can I do?

Answer: Please consult an attorney regarding your situation ASAP.

Mom left daughter in 2012
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband's ex girlfriend left his daughter with us in 2012. We would like to get her a passport to travel to Mexico. Her mom hasn't been in her life since; only has talked to her once in 2013. How can we get her passport? We can probably find her online but don't want her to find out where we are or where we live. There is no court order. Is there any way to get her passport? She the one that left her years ago with us.

Answer: In order to obtain a minor's passport, both parents must appear with her in person at an acceptance facility. If one parent cannot appear with the child, a signed and notarized consent for passport issuance must be executed by the non-applying parent to be submitted by the applying parent. The mother may use Form DS-3053 for this.

If the consent cannot be obtained, the father may submit Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. In the form, he must explain in as much detail as possible the circumstances that surround the child and the efforts made to reach out the the absent mother to obtain her consent. Please not that applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are processed on a case by case basis.

Consent
by: Anonymous

Question: Does the father still have to give consent even if he is not on the birth certificate?

Answer: No, consent is only required if the father's name is also on the birth certificate.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I was awarded sole legal custody of my 2 sons. When I renew their passports, can I put my wife's name who has been helping me physically and financially raise my boys?

Answer: Because you have sole legal custody, you may apply for your children's passports without their birth mother's presence or notarized consent. However, you still need to fill out Form DS-11 with the correct information, including the birth mother's name. Unless your wife legally adopts your children, you cannot fill in her name on their passport application forms.

Absent father
by: Anonymous

Question: I have not seen nor spoken to my daughter's father since she was 8 months old. The only person in his side of the family is her grandfather who as well has not seen or spoken to him. I have no way of getting in contact with him or no clue on his living situation. My daughter is currently 4 years of age. What do I need to do in order to apply for a passport for my daughter, since I cannot obtain a signature from him giving me consent to get her out of country for visitation?

Answer: You may fill out Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. You must explain in as much detail as possible the circumstances that prevented you from obtaining the consent of your child's father.

Please submit the form with the other requirements for a minor's passport. Note that applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are processed on a case by case basis.

Order Of Protection against my son's father
by: Anonymous

Question: My 10-year-old & I were granted by a family court judge, an order of protection against his father. I'm planning on traveling (weekend trip) to Canada and a birthday trip for him in 2018 to the Bahamas. Do I need his consent to obtain a passport for my son? Even though my son lives with me, I have physical custody and we have that order of protection against his father.

Answer: If the protection order is still in effect, you may fill out Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with a copy of the protection order. Please submit these along with the other documents required to obtain a minor's passport.

Please bear in mind applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are processed on a case by case basis.

Child Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm a father of a 3-year-old boy; my ex is trying to force me to sign for a passport for my kid. I don't want to for a reason. Do I have the right to refuse as a father of a kid with my name on his birth certificate?

Answer: You may refuse to sign the consent for passport issuance. Moreover, you can register your son under the Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program. You will then receive an alert from the Department of State if a passport application is submitted for your child.

I am the father
by: Anonymous

Question: Help. I have full PHYSICAL custody of my baby girl. We are planning a trip to Mexico. Can I apply for my daughter's passport without her mother? Does her mother still have to sign anything?

Answer: You need to have sole LEGAL custody in order to obtain a minor's passport without the mother's consent.

Since you only have physical custody, you need to present a signed and notarized statement of consent for passport issuance executed by the mother of your child. You may use Form DS-3053 for this.

Not biological father
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's birth certificate states the father's name. In a court ordered DNA test, it was determined that he is not the father. I submitted those docs with her birth certificate, but was denied her passport. If the biological father is not present and the person on the birth certificate wants nothing to do with her, what are my options?

Answer: One option to is have a court order establishing your sole legal custody of the child. Please consult an attorney regarding this matter.

Another option is to submit Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances where you must explain the situation and the efforts made to obtain a consent from the non-applying parent. Please note that submitting this form does not guarantee passport issuance.

Dead beat dads
by: Anonymous

Question: My 14-year-old daughter's father signed the BC yet, by choice, has never wanted to be a part of thier lives. I have tried on various occasions to obtain a passport for them so they can enjoy and visit other countries. I made various attempts to get him to comply and he refuses. I think this is so unfair as im sure im not the only mother dealing with this situation. Looking for inside suggestions on what i should do. The man has never done anything and is just upset because he's been on child support since they were born and owes all that money.

Answer: One option is to visit the nearest family court and see if a judge will either bypass the father's signature or obligate him to sign the consent form. Another option is to consult an attorney about the possibility of getting sole legal custody. With sole legal custody, the father's consent is not required.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is turning 10 and her father has not been in her life since she was born. His name was on her birth certificate but I went to court to get her last name changed. He didn't show up so her last name is in my husband's last name and her new last name is on her birth certificate. My husband has been in her life since she was about 5 or 6 months old. Can I still get her a passport because we're planning a family trip in July?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to discuss this issue with a customer service representative.

Father is not on my daughter's birth certificate and he has never been in her life.
by: Anonymous

Question: So, I'm trying to see if I can get my daughter a passport because we will be going on a trip. Will I have any problems doing that?

Answer: You can submit the birth certificate as evidence of sole legal custody. The father's consent is not required.

Father's name is on birth certificate but never signed
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I file for my child's passport alone even thought a father's name is listed on his birth certificate? He never signed the birth certificate and he is not in his life.

Answer: If the father is listed on the birth certificate, his notarized consent is required.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband has been in county jail for 11 months and we're still together. They will be deporting him once he serves his time. I applied for a passport for my son so we can go live in Mexico with my husband when he gets out and showed proof of incarceration and his next court date and still it was denied. I sent the county jail a paper for my husband to get it notarized but they told him they weren't allowed to notarize those kind of papers but only papers under his case. I have all his identification documents and everything. Is there anything else I can do?

Answer: Here are a few options you might want to consider.

1. Consult an attorney about the possibility of getting the consent form signed by your husband and notarized while he is in jail.

2. Wait until he is deported and submit the passport application for your son along with Form DS-5525 and the deporation papers.

3. Obtain a Mexican passport for your son if he does not already have one and travel to Mexico using that. Once in Mexico, you and your husband can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in order to apply for your son's U.S. passport.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a daughter and she has her dad's last name but his full name is not on the birth certificate. Would I be able to get her passport without him? Could she also travel without his consent?

Answer: If the father's name is listed on the birth certificate, his consent is required.

Please help
by: Anonymous

Question: I applied for my daughter's passport without her dad. I told them we were separated and not in good terms with no communication whatsoever. They gave me a form were I explained why I couldn't get his consent but it was denied. They sent me a form where I have to get him to sign in front of a notary but he wasn't born in US. He was born in Mexico so he doesn't have a California ID or any ID. Is their anything else I could do to get her passport?

Answer: You either have to submit notarized consent from the father or evidence of sole legal custody. The father can present his Mexican passport for identification. If he does not have one, he can contact the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate general to get one.

If you want to pursue sole legal custody of your daughter, we recommend you seek the advice of an attorney. You may find Child Custody Strategies for Women to be a helpful resource.

Child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband is out of the state. I am trying to get a passport for my son. What can I do? Can he write a letter and notarized the letter?

Answer: Your husband needs to complete Statement of Consent Form DS-3053, have it notarized and mail it to you with a copy of the photo ID presented to the notary public.

Parent in jail
by: Gen

Question: Hello I'm planning to travel to Mexico in the summer and my daughter does not have a passport. We had not seen her dad in 2 years almost but recently found out he's in jail and got informed I had to use a DS-3053 form. Would I have to pay a notary to go to jail for him to be able to sign the form or can someone in jail like a guard possibly sign in the notary place?

Answer: You have two options. One, have the father sign form DS-3053 and have it notarized. You can contact the jail to see if they offer this service. It may be necessary for you to pay a notary to visit the jail to notarize the form.

Two, Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances instead of DS-3053. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him. You also will need to provide a copy of the incarceration order to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances. Each statement is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and no guarantee can be given as to the acceptance of your case.


Child Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 12 years old and has never seen her father. He left us when my daughter was 4 months old. I plan to go to the Philippines to visit my family. Her father signed her birth certificate. In 2007, I had an order of protection against him for 2 years and he stopped paying child support. How can I get my child's passport?

Answer: If the father is listed on the birth certificate and the protective order is no longer valid, you need to submit his notarized consent. If there is still an active protective order, you can submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with a copy of the protection order.

Alternatively, you may want to consult an attorney about the possibility of obtaining sole legal custody. With sole legal custody, the father's consent is not required. You may find Child Custody Strategies for Women to be a helpful resource.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: If my son has mother's last name and his dad is just on the birth certificate, can I still get his passport?

Answer: If the father is listed on the birth certificate, either he must be present at the time you apply for your son's passport or you have to submit his notarized consent or evidence of sole legal custody.

Can I apply for my son's passport on my own?
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's father never signed the birth certificate. It was not until after a DNA test his name was added by the courts. My son does not have his last name and hasn't had any contact. When I went to court, he missed all the court dates for visitations and the judge said he can only see him if I permitted it. Does that mean I have sole custody? However, no documents were given to me. Can I apply for my son's passport on my own?

Answer: If the birth certificate does not list the father, you can submit it as evidence of sole legal custody for the purpose of obtaining a passport for your son.

Passport for minor
by: Anonymous

Question: My child is 12 and hasn't had any type of communication with his father since he left to Mexico when my child was 1yr and 6 months old. He did not have any family here in the USA so there is nowhere for me to even start searching for him. How can I get my child a passport if the father did sign the birth certificate:

Answer: If the father is not listed on the birth certificate, his presence or consent is not required. You can submit the birth certificate as evidence of sole legal custody.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to get my baby a passport. The baby has his dad's last name but the dad is not listed on the birth certificate. Do I need him to be with me in order to get the passport?

Answer: No, you do not. You can submit the birth certificate as evidence of sole legal custody. For a list of requirements, click here.

Step parent stepping illegally on toes?
by: Sandra

Question: My ex husband and I have joint custody of our 15 yr old. I have primary physical custody. He informed me that he and his new wife want to get my child a passport and go on a family vacation. I have said that It was ok and for him to get the paperwork and the proper forms necessary and we would all go together to get the passport. I haven't heard anything else about it in 6 months until recently. My child says that his stepmother told him that she was going to sign in my place for the passport.

How do I stop this from happening? How can I find out if it has already happened? Isn't this illegal? What can I do if this has actually happened?

Answer: You can register your child in the Child Passport Issuance Alert Program. Note, once a minor reaches age 16, Passport Services only requires the parental awareness of one parent. The minor can apply for a passport without the presence of parents. For more information, call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

Passport with just one parent
by: Suantearia

Question: My son's father never signed his birth certificate. I want to get him a passport. How do a go about getting him a passport? He stays with me and his father is around but really not in his life.

Answer: You can submit your son's birth certificate without the father included as evidence of sole legal custody. You will find a complete list of requirements here.

Updating my kids' passports
by: Linda

Question: Do I need to update my kids' passports if I have full custody over them by court order? 2 years ago my son & daugther applied for their passports and my ex-husband refused to sign it but we still got their passports. We will be taking a cruise next year and I want to make sure if I need to send the court order to you all before we go? If so, what form do we need to fill out?

Answer: If your children have valid passports, you do no need to send the court order. Please contact the cruise line to confirm travel document requirements.

Passports for kids
by: Anonymous

Question: I live in Mexico and my wife and kids live in the US. She's trying to get my daughter her passport cause she wants to go on a mission trip for church. What do I need to do so I can grant my wife permission to get our daughter her passport? Me and my wife are legally married but separated at the time. Thank you for your time.

Answer: Visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate General in Mexico. Complete Form DS-3053 and have it notarized. Send the notarized form and a copy of the ID presented at the time of notarization to your wife. Your wife and daughter need to take these to a passport application acceptance facility and submit them with your daughter's passport application form and supporting documents.

Passports obtained fraudulently?
by: Best advice needed.

Question: My children's mother & I have been divorced for nearly 6 years now. One child is 16, the other is 15. We had shared/joint custody for the first 3 years, but in January 2014, I accepted a job that included relocation to a bordering state. I am less than 140 miles away and see the children several times per month.

The youngest child let me know that her mom & live-in boyfriend got them passports & that they all plan on traveling abroad this summer. My ex wife has a pattern of choosing to only communicate through the children, but has not ever mentioned obtaining passports and taking the children out of the US.

She has physical and custodial custody since I relocated in 2014, but I continue to pay child support and medical insurance as ordered by the divorce decree. What are my options if she has acquired passports without my signature, consent or notification?

Have any laws been broken?

Answer: In order to get a passport for a minor age 15 or younger, one parent must either submit notarized consent from the non-applying parent or evidence of sole legal custody.

Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative. We also recommend you consult an attorney if you are concerned about any laws being broken.

Need help
by: Anonymous

Question: My kids need passports and they don't live with me. Can I still apply for passport even if they don't live with me? The mom is willing to give a notarized absentee parent paper. Would this work?

Answer: Minors must appear in person with both parents in order to apply for a passport. If only one parent accompanies a minor, that parent must submit either notarized consent from the non-applying parent or evidence of sole legal custody. For a complete list of requirements, visit how to get a passport for a minor.

How can I get a passport done when father's in prison for life.
by: Anonymous

Question: How can I get my son's passport done without the father being present or providing consent?

Answer: There may be notary services available to the father so he could provide the consent form. If not, submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with the application form and supporting documents. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him.

You also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., incarceration order) to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances. Each statement is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and no guarantee is provided as to your statement's acceptance.

Is a child support order good enough?
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's father and I signed my son's birth certificate but my son has been in my custody since birth. My son and I moved to another state 4 years ago. He is now 7 years old and I have a child support order between Georgia and California showing that I am the custodial parent and it lists his father as the non-custodial parent. Is this document good enough for me to apply for my son's passport without his father's consent?

Answer: Unless the document states that you have sole legal (and not just physical) custody, the father's consent is required.

If you want to pursue sole legal custody of your son, we recommend you seek the advice of an attorney. You may find Child Custody Strategies for Women to be a helpful resource.

Passport renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is a minor and I need to renew her passport. I am separated from her dad and he is refusing to sign the absent parent form. I submitted the special circumstance form with proof of documentation that I tried reaching him and I was still denied. I don't want to file for full custody because I know it won't be granted. What should I do?

Answer: We recommend you visit the nearest family court to see if a judge can obligate the father to sign the form or bypass his signature.

passport for a minor
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi I'm wondering how do I get a passport done when my son's father and I have joint custody. I'm having hard times with this because he won't sign the papers. Also, he's in jail for life. I really want to know how can I get this done.

Answer: There may be notary services available to your son's father where he is encarcerated. If so, he can complete the consent form, have it notarized and mail it to you.

Another option is to submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with the passport application and supporting documents. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him. You may be required to provide evidence (e.g., incarceration order) to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances. Note, statements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and no guarantee is provided as to your statement's acceptance.

Finally, you might consider seeking sole legal custody of your son. With sole legal custody, the father's consent would not be necessary. Please consult an attorney about this option. You might find Child Custody Strategies for Women to be a helpful resource.

Passports for my kids
by: Dwayne

Question: I've had temporary custody of my 3 kids for about 3 yrs. now and have been trying to get consent from they're mom who lives in another state to get they're passport. We haven't heard anything from her in the past 8 months. Out of 3 kids my name is only on 1 of their birth certificates but I have dna proof that I am their dad. I'm planning on going to Barbados to visit family within the next few weeks. Is there anything I can do to get their passports?

Answer: We recommend you visit the nearest family court or consult an attorney.

Do I need my kid's father permission to apply for a passport fort them?
by: Anonymous

Question: My kid's father and I recently divorced. I was awarded primary custody of the kid's and he only gets visitation. Would I be able to apply for their passports on my own or do I require his consent?

Answer: Unless you can submit evidence of sole legal custody, you must submit notarized consent from the father to apply for their passports.

Passport for my daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 2 yrs old and her dad is not present in her life at this moment. I honestly don't even know where he is or how to find him. I would love to get her a passport so we could visit my family in Jamaica. How do I do that?

Answer: If the father cannot be located, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with form DS-11 and supporting documents. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. Forms DS-5525 are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and no guarantee is made to your statement's acceptability. For a complete list of requirements, go here.

The father's consent is not required if you have sole legal custody. Please consult an attorney and/or contact the nearest family court if you wnat to pursue this option. You might also find Child Custody Strategies for Women useful.

Passport for a minor
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a newborn. My husband lives in the Dominican Republic. I did put him on the birth certificate. Does he need to still fill out the form or I can go myself and request for a passport?

Answer: You must submit notarized consent from the father. He can get this at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

Letter of consent
by: Raquel

Question: My children's father lives in Saipan and I had asked him for the letter of consent. Being that I need it ASAP does it have to be the original letter or can it be A scanned copy, email etc?

Answer: You must submit the original, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: How do you establish child and father on passport requirements?

Answer: The most common document submitted to establish the child/father relationship is an original or certified copy of the child's birth certificate.

Applying passports for my kids
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm applying for a passport for my kids. Their dad is in Mexico and we are in the United States. I emailed him the consent forms. Does he need to mail those papers back to me? Or does the US embassy send them?

Answer: You must submit the original, notarized consent forms. Therefore, he must mail them to you.

The father can get the forms at the US embassy. If they have not arrived, he does not need to wait.

Passport for newborn
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband who I put on my sons birth certificate is in Mexico and I want him to send me a notarized copy of the paper which would give consent for me to obtain a passport for my son. I would like to know if my husband can have this paper notarized by any licensed notary service in Mexico or if it has to be done in a US consulate. also, can my husband fax the document to me?

Answer: Your husband can have the consent form notarized by a local notary although we recommend he have this done at a U.S. embassy or consulate for guartanteed acceptance. You must submit the original with the minor's passport application.

Passports for my girls
by: Anonymous

Question: My kids' father's name is on their birth certificates. He has not been in their lives since they were 2 and 4 years old. I have not spoken to him and he doesn't even show up on court dates. How do I obtain a passport for them without his consent? They have always lived with me.

Answer: If you know where he is and he can be contacted, you must provide his notarized consent. If he refuses, you can contact the nearest family court for information about possibly getting a judge to make him sign the consent or bypass it.

If the father cannot be located, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with form DS-11 and supporting documents. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. Forms DS-5525 are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and no guarantee is made to your statement's acceptability. For a complete list of requirements, go here.

Child support
by: Anonymous

Question: I would like to get a passport card for my daughter but her father refuses to sign the paper, because he states there is too much crime in Mexico. Is there anything I can do to get a passport card for my daughter so we are able to visit family?

Answer: You can contact the nearest family court to see if a judge can make the father sign or, possibly, bypass his signature. You may also want to consult an attorney.

Passport renewal for my children
by: Anonymous

Question: My children live in New Zealand with my parents. They plan to come for Christmas but their passports are expired. I contacted their father since we were seperated but he refused to provide the consent letter. What am I supposed to do in order to get their passports?

Answer: When a parent who has shared custody will not provide consent, a judge may bypass the parent's signature or order the parent to sign the form. Please contact the nearest family court for more information or consult a lawyer.

Child Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My children have my maiden name and there is no father listed on their birth certificates. I am married with a different last name. What documentation would I need to get each of them a passport?

Answer: Besides the regular requirements to get passports for minors listed here, you can present your marriage certificate to the Acceptance Agent.

Family trip
by: Anonymous

Question: My wife and I got married last year. She was a single mom. The father of my stepson took off when he was a month old. We now have a baby for whom we got a passport and also got ours. What can we do to get my stepson a passport since my stepson's dad is on the birth record? We have no idea were he's located and the old number my wife has does not work.

Answer: The applying parent can submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee that it will be approved.

Another option would be for the mother to seek full legal custody so that the father's consent is not required. For more on this option, we recommend you seek the advice of an attorney.

Children in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiancé's children live in Mexico with their mother. They are born in the US. Can he get a passport for them to come visit?

Answer: Minor children must apply in person with both parents. If only one parent can appear, that partent must submit notarized consent from the non-applying parent.

Since the children are in Mexico with their mother, she must take them to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in order to apply for the passports. The father would need to provide her with a notarized form DS-3053.

If the children are age 16 or older, consent from the father is not required.

passport for my son
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport for my son if the father is not on the birth certificate but my son has his last name?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

My son's father refuses to get a passport for our son
by: Anonymous

Question: My sons' father is very afraid of planes. He does not travel if he has to get on a plane. I would like to take my kids ages 12 and 2 years old on a vacation to my country of origin and need passports for them but their father refuses to approve it. Is there anything I can do where I do not need him for it?

Answer: If the father will not provide consent to get the passports, you have a couple of options. One, you can seek sole legal custody. We recommend you consult an attorney about this option. Two, you can request a judge order the father sign the consent form.

need help
by: cinceria maldonado

Question: I have a ten-year-old boy. His dad went to Mexico 8 years ago and we never heared from him again. I would like to go to Mexico but his dad is in Mexio.

Answer: If the father cannot be located, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances along with all the other requirements. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him.

Passport for son
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's dad has been in prison the past 8 years. What documents do I need to get my son a passport?

Answer: You will find a complete list of requirements here. If you cannot obtain notarized consent from the father, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him.

You also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., incarceration order) to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances.

Single mom before but now I'm married need to get passport for my son
by: Anonymous A1

Question: Year 2003 when the father of my eldest son left us but in his birth certificate I put the name of the guy and he sign it. Year 2009 when I'm getting married to other guy until now that we're decided to petition my eldest son in the Philippines. I need to get a passport for him. Is it ok if I don't want to put the name of his father?

Answer: If the father is listed on the birth certificate, you must include his name on the application form. You also need the father's consent to apply for the passport if your son is age 15 or younger. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines for more information.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter has been with me since birth. Her father left when she as two months old. I just had a family member past so my family and I are rushing to Jamaica to pay are respects and spread the ashes . I told her father but he's refusing to send the paper work for me to take her with me. I really need help.

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, his consent is required unless you can submit evidence of sole legal custody. The only other alternative is to get a judge to bypass his signature or make him sign. We recommend you consult an attorney.

Passport for my daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter and I live in California but her father lives in Mexico. We ARE married. I'm a U.S citizen but he is not. I put his name on my daughter's birth certificate but he did not sign it. Do I still need to get the form DS-3053?

Answer: Since the father is included on the birth certificate, you need to submit form DS-3053. The father can complete the form and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or one of the many U.S. consulates in Mexico.

obtaining my child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have full custody of my daughter and I want to get her passport because we are going to the Philippine this coming May. Is it required for the father of my daughter to sign the form even thought I have full custody of my daughter and he is only allowed to visit? What should I do? Do I have to contact him when we hardly have any communication and he never even comes to visit his daughter?

Answer: In order to get a passport for your daughter without the consent of the father, you must submit evidence of full legal custody. Even if you have full physical custody, this is not sufficient without full legal custody. If you are uncertain, we recommend you consult an attorney.

I need help!
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter just turned six. Her father vanished and we never heard from him. I did get divorced and have legal custody. I also changed her last name to mine. I sent all the court order copies with the application saying all that and that even a third party could not locate him. I got a letter saying that I needed certified copies of all the copies. Where can I get those or what is that? And that I needed the fathers consent. What should I do? He left when my daughter was 2 weeks old and we never saw him again.

Answer: Certified copies are those issued by the same entity that issued the originals. You can get a certified copy of the court order name change at the County Clerk's office where the petition was made.

A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained at the vital records office of the country where your daughter was born.

If the father cannot be located, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. The statement must explain in detail the father's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact him.

If you have sole legal custody, the father's consent is not required. The original or certified copy of the court order granting you sole legal custody would be required.


Question.
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's father doesn't want to sign the form for his passport. He does appear in the birth certificate but he hasn't been around at all for the past 10 months. How can I get his passport. He lives in Indiana and me and my son in Chicago.

Answer: You can either file a petition with the court asking a judge to make him sign the consent form or seek to obtain full legal custody. In either case, we recommend you consult an attorney.

SIngle Mother
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's dad is not on his Birth Certificate. Will I be able to get a passport? He has NEVER been involved in his life. Never even met him. I do not know where he is. Also, will I have a hard time re-entering country? We are going to Cancun, MX.

Answer: Your son's birth certificate can be submitted as evidence of sole legal custody. The father's consent is not required to get your son a passport. You should not have a problem re-entering the United States. For a complete list of instructions and to find a place to apply, visit child passport requirements.

Father refuses to sign consent form for application of passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband and I are currently separated and are in court for divorce proceedings. One of the issues to be determined is that of custody of our 9 year old US born daughter.I am currently residing in Tanzania, Africa with our daughter. He is also in the country on a tourist visa, he has US Citizenship by Naturalization. My daughter's passport expires in Feb 2016 and I would like to get it renewed at the US Embassy in Tanzania, and my spouse has refused to sign the consent form simply out of spite. How can the Embassy in Tanzania assist me in renewing the passport for my daughter? Would a court order from a Tanzanian court be accepted at the Embassy along with the application?

Answer: Please contact the Embassy of the United States in Dar es Salaam for assistance in obtaining a passport for your daughter.

My son is a US born citizen. My wife took him to Germany, hid his passport and has him registered in German governments as a single parent.
by: Bridge, J

Question: I was in the Army at the time of my sons birth right here in Colorado springs, CO. My son was born on Ft. Carson. At the time of my sons birth my wife had a Greencard, but has since allowed it to expired. My wife left stating that she would return in a few weeks and is not coming back. I need to get a US passport so that I can get my son out of Germany without my wife's permission in order to fight for custody of my son. If I attempt to divorce my wife here in the US before he has feet on ground in the US then she will make sure that he stays there and will contact whoever to make me seem like a threat so that I cannot even come and visit. How do I go about getting a passport for him, by myself, with my governments help?

Answer: For a list of resources and contact information, please visit the international child abduction page.

Parent not around
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's first passport was grated when she was a year old and I did it without her father signing for it being the fact that he hasn't been around. Now that her passport is expired and I need to renew it, they are asking for the father's signature. My daughter is 14 years old and we haven't seen him for 7 years. The last time we heard of him he was returning back to the islands. I have been sole custody since she's been born and never had a problem till now. What should I do being the fact that I do not know where the father is.

Answer: Unless you can submit evidence of sole legal custody, the father's consent is required. If the father cannot be located, you must submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent.

You also may be required to provide evidence to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances.

My husband is being difficult
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband and I have been married for four years now and we have a newborn. We live together, but he refuses to sign the form giving me consent to get our son a passport. I still have elderly family members who live in the Caribbean whom I visit and I would like for them to meet my son. In the likely event of an emergency, I have no one to leave my son with here, nor would I, because he's a baby. How can I get him a passport without him needing to sign the form?

Answer: To get a passport for your son, either the father must appear with you and your son at the application acceptance facility or you must submit notarized consent from the father.

In some cases, it is possible to obtain a court order that obligates the father to provide written consent to apply for a passport. Consult your attorney if you want to pursue this option.

Since you did not state the country in the Caribbean you want to visit, we will mention that a passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

17 and going to India
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 17. He and his mother live in Chicago. We are both on the birth certificate and they are trying to apply for a visa. Do I need to give consent or sign anything or can she sign alone?

Answer: There are 4 forms required by the Indian government for a minor to get a visa. All forms must be signed by both parents and then notarized. For more information, contact the Embassy of India.

passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can my baby get a passport without the father's consent? The father's name is not on the birth certificate also.

Answer: Yes, you can apply for a passport without the father's consent. Submit the birth certificate without the father's name on it as evidence of sole legal custody.

How to Apply for a Minor's Passport

I have sole parental responsibility
by: Anonaymous

Question: I have been divorced from my ex for 7 years. The judge gave me a court order granting me sole parental responsibility and no contact for the father. Can I just bring these documents with me when applying for a passport for my three children?

Answer: It is quite likely that the documents would be acceptable but there is no guarantee. The only recommendation we can give is that you submit them with the application forms. If they are not accepted, you will receive a letter requesting the submission of more documents.

passport info for my newborn
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband and I have been together for 6 yrs and married for 3. I am currently pregnant. Ee recently moved to Mexico. He is a Mexican citizen and does not have any permits or papers so he cannot return to the U.S. I came to the U.S. to have my baby and get vital care for it. After having the baby I will them return to Mexico to live and be with him, eventually getting my work visa. What I am wondering is what I need to do to get a passport for the baby as soon as the baby is born so I can return to Mexico as soon as possible to be with my husband. Also, should his name be on the birth certificate?

Answer: If the father's name is given on the birth certificate, then his consent is required in order to obtain a passport. He can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in Mexico in order to complete a consent form and have it notarized. Then, he can mail it to you. Click here for a list of requirements to get a child's passport.

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