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Is a minor travel consent form necessary for a mother to travel alone with a child?

by Nicole
(Kent, WA, USA)

Question: My son has a current passport which both his father and I were present when applying, however I have since been informed that children traveling to Mexico with just one parent still need consent from the other parent beyond the passport?


If this is true what is the form number that I would need his father to sign? We have a vacation planned to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico traveling from June 25th returning on July 2nd and I want to make sure that when I show up at that airport that I have everything I need for my son to travel.

Answer: There is no hard and fast rule concerning travel with minors. Some border agents will ask for a consent form while others will not. Some countries that require you to present a consent form also require that it be notarized but not all do.

The U.S. government does not publish an official form. However, you can click the link below to download a form that others have used and should suffice if you are requested to present one.

Minor Travel Consent Form

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