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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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Unknown
by: Anonymous

Question: There is no father listed on the birth certificate. However my daughter doesn’t have my last name. I gave her the last name of who I thought the father was but found it not to be him. The father is unknown. Can I get a passport for my 11 year old?

Answer: You can still apply for your child's passport. The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is enough proof of sole legal custody. The child's last name should not be an issue.

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Do I need the father’s signature?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have primary custody of my child and we want to take a cruise trip . Do I need the father’s signature on the passport application for my child?

Answer: Yes, you do. Only those parents who can present proof of sole legal custody can apply without the other parent's presence or consent.

Passport for a minor
by: Neda

Question: My son is 14 and I have the full custody including sole custody. Can I get his passport without the presence of the father?

Answer: Hi, Neda. If you have SOLE LEGAL custody, you may apply for your child's passport without the father's presence or consent.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 8 years old and her passport expires next year. Her father has been out of the picture since 2 years ago when CPS got involved because he had hit her. I have no communication with him at all, would this apply to the Special Family Circumstance Form?

Answer: Yes, it applies. Please submit Form DS-5525 with the rest of the requirements for your child's passport.

Problems getting newborns passport
by: Ashli

Question: I am in urgent need of an infant's passport. I was given the okay from the hospital that it was fine to add the father's name to the birth certificate without his consent. However, I am now having issues with getting the passport processed due to the fact that the father is unable to travel. Now i am being told that I need to gain full custody of the infant or get a court order to give full consent.

Answer: Since the father's name is on the child's birth certificate, his presence consent is required. He needs to sign the consent, have it notarized and send it to you with a photocopy of his valid government-issued ID. You need to submit these with the rest of the requirements for a child's passport.

Finding a solution
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m the custodial parent of my son and we are going on a cruise to the Bahamas. I was told we need a passport but when we went to Mexico we only needed a notarized paper. Since we are going to the Bahamas, can we get another notarized paper and bring that to the passport place since his dad can’t leave work to go?

Question: You need to submit a notarized Form DS-3053 plus a photocopy of the father's ID with the rest of the requirements for a child's passport.

Name change
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 13 and has not had a relationship with her biological father since the age of 2. Her last name has legally been changed to my husbands and we have been married for nearly 10 years. We have no contact with her biological father and need to know how to go about applying for a passport.

Answer: If the child has been legally adopted by your husband, you do not need the biological father's consent to apply for the passport. Otherwise, his presence or consent is still required.

If he cannot be contacted, you may submit Form DS-5525 with the rest of the application requirements. Please note that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m trying to get my son his passport but his father has been deported and no where to be found. Can I still get his passport?

Answer: Yes, you can. You may submit Form DS-5525 with the rest of the requirements for a child's passport. Explain the situation in as much detail as possible and provide evidence of your failed attempts to contact the father, if available. These would greatly help your case.

Please note that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis.

I cannot find my child’s father
by: Anonymous

Question: I’ve last seen my son’s father 15 years ago when I was pregnant. Due to some circumstances, we were both displaced and have to travel to different counties. I had my son when he was not present, but I put his name on his birth certificate. Now, I’m trying to get my son’s passport but they’re asking me for authorization from his father. I don’t know where he is. What can I do?

Answer: You may submit Form DS-5525 with the rest of the requirements for your child's passport. In the form, you must explain the situation in as much detail as possible. If you can provide evidence of failed attempts to locate and contact the father, it will greatly help your case.

Please note that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis.

Minor passport renewal- parent has temporary sole custody
by: Anonymous

Question: Does an American mother living abroad with her American daughter need the consent of the father for the daughters passport renewal? Mother has temporary sole custody.

Answer: If the mother has sole legal custody, she may apply for a passport for the child's passport without the father. If she has sole physical but shared legal custody, the father's consent is required.

3 is a crowd?
by: Anonymous

Question: What about those new procedures where it uses DNA from 3 parents and all 3 parents are on the birth certificate. This is often used for situations where the DNA will cause birth defects and a donor DNA is used to supplement portions of the DNA. Would all 3 parties need to be there to apply for passport?

Answer: Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

Urgent Passport Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 18 years of age and my father has not been in my life since I was born. My mother has taken care of me for all 18 years of my life and I am trying to obtain a passport to travel to my country and see my ill grandfather. Do I need the consent of my father in order to get my passport?

Answer: Since you are already of legal age, you no longer require parental consent to apply for a passport.

Getting my son's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 5 months old. I want to get his passport but don’t know if I can because of his father. His father's name is not on the birth certificate but I’ve been told that even if it’s not on the birth certificate we still need his (the father) approval to get my son's passport because of situations wherein one parent goes behind the others back.

My baby’s father has not been involved almost at all. I do not know where to find him. I have tried calling him and texting him but I never get an answer. I’ve gone to his house to speak to him in person about this but his family says that he out of state working. My baby’s father has only been with us for 2 out of the 5 months my son has been with us now. My question is, do I really need my baby’s father to get my sons passport?

Answer: If the father's name is not on the birth certificate, you do not need his consent to apply for your child's passport.

Father is in another country
by: Anonymous

Question: If the father of your child has now returned to his country and I am applying for the child's birth certificate, what do we need to do?

Answer: The father may complete Form DS-3053, have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate or any reputable notary public then mail it to you with a photocopy of the ID he presented upon notarization. You can then submit these with the rest of the requirements when you apply for your child's passport.

Minor lives overseas; passport expires in 8 months
by: Anonymous

Question: My husbands American ex-wife has been residing in Germany with his American minor child for almost 5 years. Her passport is set to expire in 8 months. She’s 11. She is currently visiting family in the US but needs to head back to Germany for school soon. My husband has agreed to their being overseas for one more year but is afraid to renew the passport because the ex can then potentially stay longer.

My question: can the ex take the child back to Germany then wait for the passport to expire and claim exigent circumstances (the child will then be in school) and not need my husbands approval for the renewal?

Answer: The father's approval will still be required unless she has sole legal custody.

Passport renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex wife told my daughter to lie and said her father is not n her lie to get her passport renewed. We both have shared custody, my daughter is eleven years old. Is this legal or illegal to do?

Answer: Please contact a lawyer regarding your concern.

No reply
by: Anonymous

Question: I submitted a comment and received a confirmation email however I did not receive a reply to my question.

Answer: It must have been a system issue. How can I help you?

Temporary Sole Legal Custody (never contested)
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 3 children from a previous marriage. Our divorce agreement says that I have sole physical custody and temporary sole legal custody (2012). The divorce has never been reopened since then. Since then, he is nowhere to be found. I’m worried that the word temporary would cause problems, could I send a letter stating that this is the current order?

Answer: You're right, the term temporary may raise some issues. I recommend that you contact your lawyer regarding the issue and to see if you can file for permanent sole legal custody.

Child passport info
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a daughter who previously had a passport but was lost by her father & he is out of the country & out of reach. Can I be the only parent present when getting her new passport?

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, you need to find a way to contact him and get his consent to apply for your child's passport.

My daughter has a restraining order against her father
by: Anonymous

Question: My 15-year-old girl has a restraining order against her dad. I wanted to know if I can still get a passport for her with the restraining order papers.

Answer: If the restraining order is still in effect, you may submit a copy of it with Form DS-5525. Explain the situation in the form and send it with the restraining order and the rest of the requirements to apply for your child's passport.

Father left
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 12 years old. When she was 2 years old, her father took off. I have no way to contact him to get a passport for my daughter. We would like to travel to Canada to see the Niagara Falls. If I have no way of contacting him what do I do to obtain a first time passport?

Answer: You may attempt to apply for your child's passport under exigent family circumstances. You need to complete Form DS-5525 and explain the child's situation in as much detail as possible. There is no guarantee that a passport will be issued but it is worth a try.

If you are traveling to Canada by land, your children does not actually need a passport. All she needs to cross the border and get back in the country is her U.S. birth certificate or applicable proof of U.S. citizenship.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have three boys and I have full custody of one. One turned out to not be his and the third one is. We are now into a divorce. What would I need for my two boys? The one that turned out to not be his, can i get his passport? And the other one I'm into a divorce right now will you just need the divorce papers in order to get the passport?

Answer: Unless you have court documents awarding you sole legal custody of your children, you will need your husband's consent to apply for their passports. It will not matter if the child turns out to be not his biological child, or that you are going through a divorce. If his name is on their birth certificates and you do not have proof of sole custody, you share custody with him.

Sperm donor
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm a single mom who decided to bring my baby by a sperm donor via sperm bank. Obviously he is not on the birth certificate. Can I get my 2 year old a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for your child's passport.

Permanent managing conservative
by: Anonymous

Question: I am the permanent managing conservative of my grandson and the court papers say his parents have been denied possession of the child and have to have supervised visitation. At my discretion, I have all legal rights. They have no more legal rights. I do not even know where the father is but he is not on the birth certificate. In the papers it says I can obtain legal services and execute contracts and or all other legal documents. So does that mean I do not have to have both or either parents to get his passport to go on a vacation?

Answer: Since you have court documents showing you have sole legal custody of the child, you may apply for his passport without the parents.

PLEASE HELP
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 10 years old. My husband is out of picture for 8 years now. I am a U.S. Citizen & my son was born in New York.

My son has a U.S. passport which is expired. My husband was illegal in USA when I married him. He became legal through me. He used to abuse me & my son who was so little back then. I had to take help from domestic violence & I ran away from home with my son & hid in a family friend's house in 2010 in New York City. Child support agency tried to locate him but couldn't & closed their case. My attorney sent him a separation agreement but she couldn't get a hold of him either. I was too scared to look for him because he tried to kill me & my son that's why I ran away. I sent him that separation agreement in 2011 through my attorney. Because he threatened me that time if I divorce him he will harm us. Because he just applied for his U.S. Passport that time which needed my signature.

ONLY DOCUMENT I HAVE FROM HIM IS AN AGREEMENT WHICH IS DONE BY AN ATTORNEY FROM NEW YORK CITY SAYING THAT IF ANYTHING EVER HAPPENS BETWEEN US I WILL HAVE MY SON'S SOLE, PHYSICAL & LEGAL CUSTODY WHICH HAS BEEN SIGNED BY BOTH OF US & NOTARIZED.

Now I need to renew my son's passport. And I am not in the U.S. right now. I was so traumatized at the time so my family supported me & brought me to our home country. I want to go back to the U.S. with my son now. Is there any way I can renew my son's passport without his father's signature since he out of location? Would that Notarized Agreement be helpful to renew my son's passport? Can you please tell me what I should do?

Answer: We recommend that you contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you currently reside. It is possible that you will be able to obtain a passport for your child if you explain the situation as best you can. Also, please provide as much documentation as you can to support your case.

Husband is not the biological father
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex, whom I am still legally married to is not my baby's biological father. We have been separated for a few years, the divorce is taking long due to unsettled matters.

Will I still be able to get a passport for my baby after birth without him? Is there anything I can do in the state of NY? Ex is not happy about being presumed and it's frightening.

Answer: Yes, you can. Since your husband is not the father of the baby, you do not have to have his name on the birth certificate. A birth certificate listing you as the only parent is sufficient proof of sole legal custody to apply for your child's passport.

Primary legal custody?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have primary legal custody of my 2 minor children and they have no contact with their father right now. Do I need his signature to obtain passports?

Answer: If by primary you mean sole legal custody, you may apply for your children's passports without the father.

Help!
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 5 years old about to turn 6 years old in August. I want to take her passport out because we are going on vacation to Mexico. Is it possible that I could get her passport without her father? I don’t know where is he, I have no type of information of where to find him. He is not on the birth certificate but she does have his last name.

Answer: Your situation is simpler than it seems. You may apply for your child's passport without the father since his name is not on the birth certificate. It is proof that you have sole legal custody regardless of the child taking her father's last name.

Getting Passport for my 1 year old Son
by: Anonymous

Question: What if my Husband is abroad and I want to apply for a passport for my 1-year-old son? What should I do? Is it possible to get passport for my son without my husband's passport? I read in other comments that both parents need a passport in getting passport of our son.

Answer: Your husband can send you a notarized statement of consent for you to submit with the requirements when you apply for your child's passport. He can use Form DS-3053 and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where he currently resides. In addition to the consent, he needs to send you a photocopy of his valid ID -- his passport can serve this purpose.

Paternity test
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter has a man's name on her birth certificate that I thought was the father for 5 years. I had to apply for assistance and had to do a fill out child support papers.

The man is in prison for 20 years and the paternity test came back that he's not the father. I applied and was denied because they want his permission. The courts are in the process of removing his name from the birth certificate. My trip is coming up quick and I don't know if the new birth certificate will be done in time. Can I bring the paternity test and the court papers that show his name is being removed to the passport agency? Will I be able to expedite the passport if I need it in 3 weeks? What is the best thing to do in such a short time?

Answer: The revised birth certificate is required to apply for your child's passport but you can try calling passport services to find out if you can submit the court documents. The number to call is 1-877-487-2778.

As soon as you get what you need, you can apply at a regional passport agency two weeks before your trip. In addition to the application requirements, you need to present proof of immediate international travel. Regional agencies process applications in 1 to 8 business days.

Birth abroad
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S. born citizen who recently gave birth abroad. I am married. My husband's work requires him to travel most of the year and isn't available to go to the U.S. Embassy so he gave me a notarized letter of permission to travel with our daughter till the age of 18. Can I get a US passport with this letter and attend the interview alone?

Answer: You a need a statement/letter that states that father provides his consent for a passport application. He may use Form DS-3053 for this.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question:If the father of my children is in Mexico, can I still have him fill out Form DS-3053 and have it notarized there? Will it be accepted or is there any other form needed when the parent is out of the country or out of the USA?

Answer: Form DS-3053 can be notarized in Mexico, preferably at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico. He can then send the original notarized document for you to submit with the rest of the requirements for your children's passports.

2 birth certificates
by: Anonymous

Question: What can happen if I use my son's birth certificate that doesn't show the fathers name? But yet his father has the current one that shows him as the father. We are no longer together.

Answer: If a passport is issued to the child, the father may contest its validity and it could be revoked.

2 birth certificates
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 4 yrs old and I have the his birth certificate that shows no father. After a 2 years, a DNA test was completed and his father has received a new birth certificate that list him on it. Could I still apply for a passport with the father's?

Answer: You need to use the updated birth certificate.

Two birth certificates
by: Anonymous

Question: I have two birth certificates for my child the first one was given when my child was born second one was because my child's father said my child wasn't his and wants proof via DNA test. So I went to the food stamp office and they sent us to the courthouse and test came back positive 99.9% his. But before the DNA test, I had already applied for a passport for my child when he was 6 months so he can meet my grandmother before she passed away. Can I just renew the passport with the original birth certificate? Or do I have to use the new one?

Answer: Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

If I have all legal decision making
by: Anonymous

Question: If I legally have all decision making for my son, can I get a passport for my son without his dad present?

Answer: If you have sole legal custody and have a court order as proof of it, you may apply for your child's passport without the father.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’ve recently changed my child’s last name to her father’s last name. I have physical custody and we both have joint legal custody. He is not listed on the birth certificate. Can I obtain the passport without his consent?

Answer: A birth certificate with only one parent listed can usually be submitted as evidence of sole legal custody. Because you have joint legal custody, there may be a legal issue. Please consult with your attorney.

Single Mom applying for Child's Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 9. I haven't heard from his dad in almost 7 years. I don't have a number or address but his name is on the birth certificate. Can I still apply for my son to get his passport even though I have no clue where his father may be? I take care of my child by myself. I have the DS-5525 form already filled out explaining that I don't know where is father is at nor have I spoken to him in years.

Answer: You may submit DS-5525 with the application for your child's passport. Please bear in mind that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis. Your child may or may not be issued a passport.

Obtaining Daughter’s Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter has her father’s last name, he’s not listed on her birth certificate, however. I have sole physical custody of her. Am I able to apply for her passport without his consent?

Answer: Yes. The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is sufficient proof of sole legal custody.

Foreign passport holder
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a foreign passport holder, married and a mother of an infant recently born. I am in no contact with my husband due to personal dispute. My baby was born in America. At the time of the birth my husband was not present , nor did he make any efforts to come to the USA.
If I don't list his name on the birth certificate, i wouldn't need his consent at the time of baby's passport application, I understand that part.

Now i will be returning back to my country which is a Muslim state. Will there be an issue in the future? Or can my husband take some legal action that I did not list him on the birth certificate or passport of the baby?

Will my baby have to face any issues later? I mean if things work out, I can always add his name on it. But as of now we aren't in good terms.

Will the government back home question that I did not state father's name?

Answer: Please contact the embassy of your home country regarding possible issues with your child's citizenship and birth certificate.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's father is absent and not in the birth certificate. Do I still need his consent to travel out of the U.S?

Answer: You do not.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I have two daughters and they want to go to Mexico but their father is in Mexico and can’t come back to the USA. What can we do to get their passports?

Answer: If the children are 16 or older and they already have government-issued IDs, they may apply for passports with only a signed statement of consent from you in addition to the application requirements.

If they are age 15 and under, they need a notarized consent from their father to submit with the application requirements. He can complete Form DS-3053, have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico, then send the notarized document to you.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter will be 15 next year and she has an opportunity to travel out of the country to perform with an orchestra. My husband (her father) suffers from severe anxiety and does not want her to travel abroad. We are married so there is no custody documentation. Do I have to have his consent since there is not a custody issue?

Answer: Yes, you need the father's consent.

Child's father is incarcerated
by: Mona

Question: My child's father is incarcerated out of state. He is on the birth certificate but we've never been married and don't have a custody order. I sent in a copy of his incarceration papers along with a print out photo of him and filled out the exigent circumstances form and was denied. I have spoken to the passport representatives twice already and one suggestion was to get a motion from judge to be sole parent signature for my child's application. I went to the courthouse and in my county was advised I cannot file such a motion without his ring and attorney and even then the process would take months to get a response from the judge.

I applied for the passport in march and our trip is at the end of July. I've now contacted a mobile notary willing to go to the prison to get the fathers notarized signature on the application form. It states acceptable forms of ID and lists other which is a little ambiguous and uncertain whether his prison photo. The notary confirmed it's an acceptable form of ID for her to perform notarizing however I am uncertain whether it will suffice for the passport approval as this is all he has with him.

Answer: If it is the only ID he can produce, you should take your chances.

2 year old daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: I just recently finished family court and was granted full/sole physical and legal custody of my daughter. The father name is on the birth certificate. Do I still need his consent or can I fill out a DS-11 form and attach the court order with it.

Answer: Since you were awarded sole legal custody of the child, you no longer needs the father's consent. You may proceed with applying for your child's passport and submit the court order with the application.

Child of U.S. citizen
by: Bilyana

Question: Father is U.S. citizen, the mother has a green card, daughter(15 years old) has a green card. She lives with mother in the U.S. Parents are divorced, the mother has 100% custody. Fater and mother are on the birth certificate.
Can she apply for a U.S. passport? If she can, what is the procedure? Father lives in California. She lives with mother in Illinois. Thank you.

Answer: In order for the child to acquire citizenship through her father, certain conditions must be met.

This is what the USCIS says the following about children born outside of the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent.

"A child born outside the U.S. is a citizen after birth IF the child was under 18 or not yet born on February 27, 2001 and at least one parent is a U.S. citizen, the child is currently under 18 and residing in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to lawful admission for permanent residence."

Since the child is not under the custody of the U.S. citizen father, the mother may face issues obtaining the child's passport. Please contact the USCIS for further clarification and assistance.

Traveling
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to bring my kids to my country (14 and 10 years old) for school vacation. They're traveling with my wife. Does she need any kind of travel consent signed by me or any kind of document?

Answer: The answer depends on the requirements for minors entering your country. You or your wife needs to contact the embassy of your home country for this information.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm a single mother of a 4-year-old and I'm trying to get his passport. His father is not in life, how can I get his passport?

Answer: If the father's name is on the child's birth certificate, you need his presence or consent to apply for your child's passport. Even if he is absent in the child's life, you share legal custody with the father unless you were awarded sole legal custody by the courts.

You must contact the father to obtain his notarized consent for the passport application and issuance. If you cannot contact the father by any means, you may try to submit Form DS-5525 with the rest of the application requirements. You need to explain the situation and your efforts to contact the father in as much detail as possible.

Please note that applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are processed on a case by case basis. There is a chance that your child will be issued a passport but there is no guarantee.

Another more permanent option is to speak to a lawyer about filing for sole legal custody.

Passport for a 10-year old
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 10 year old son for whom I have been trying to get a passport for the past 5 years but his dad won't sign it because I married someone else. How can I go about getting his passport without his father's consent? Do I have to get a lawyer? What can I do?

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, his presence or consent is required to apply for your child's passport. This is unless you have sole legal custody awarded by the courts.

If you do not have sole legal custody of the child, we recommend speaking to a lawyer about it. You can also ask the local family court to issue an order for the father to sign for the passport.

Sole physical custody and legal custody
by: Anonymous

Question: I have sole physical custody of my daughter and I wanted to get my daughter a passport. I called her father (we have not been together for over 9 years now) and he will not agree. Since I have sole physical custody of my daughter, could I make that decision on my own without him being present?

Answer: No, you cannot. You need to have SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY in order to apply for your child's passport without the father's presence or consent.

Father is incarcerated
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's father is incarcerated. How do I go about obtaining a passport without him?

Answer: In addition to the requirements for a child's passport, you can send Form DS-5525 and a copy of the father's incarceration order.

What action can I take?
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's dad is not on the birth certificate and I'm not really sure where he is. I have full custody of my son. I want to get his passport but I don't know if I can without his fathers consent. The last time I talked to him and asked him to help me he told me no. What can I do?

Answer: Since you are the only parent listed on the birth certificate, you do not need the father's presence or consent to apply for your child's passport.

It can be done.
by: Anonymous

I sent an 8 page letter giving the information I have on my kids bio dad, and explained that I have no contact with him. We received passports.

Passport for child under a year old
by: FATE

Question: My son's mother went to family court and a judge issued a court order to get my 8-month-old baby a passport. I'm his father. My name is on the birth certificate, I did not sign for his passport does she have the right to still take him out the county with out my signature?

Answer: If the child is issued a passport and the country they are traveling to does not require 2-parent consent to travel, the mother will be able to leave the country with your baby.

We recommend that you contact your lawyer regarding your issue.

Applying for a passport for a newborn child
by: Anonymous

Question: I had my baby just born. I'm currently in North Carolina but father is not with me now as we both lived in another country. Can I apply for the passport?

Answer: Yes, you can. If the father's name is on the child's birth certificate, he needs to provide you with a notarized consent to apply for your child's passport.

If he is not, you can apply without his presence or consent. The child's birth certificate listing you as the only parent should suffice as evidence of sole legal custody.

Illegal passport
by: Anonymous

Question: You just issued a passport to a mother of a 9-year-old who the father is on the birth certificate but never provided consent, she lied and gave a false birth certificate.

Answer: You may file a formal complaint at the National Passport Information Center.

Son passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to get my son his passport but his dad is in the birth certificate. His dad is currently in jail for the past year and half, there is a no contact order , and i have full custody of my son for now till he gets out. What can I do? Can I obtain the passport without his signature?

Answer: You may submit Form DS-5525 with a the no-contact order to apply for your child's passport without the father's consent.

Please note that applications submitted under exigent family circumstances are approved and processed on a case by case basis.

Child's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Please help. I am trying to obtain a passport for my 9 year old child. She has her father's last name on her birth certificate however his name is not listed on the birth certificate.

How can I go about applying for a passport for my daughter. (He has a serious drinking problem- refuses to get help and does not help out at all).

Answer: You can apply for your child's passport without the father's presence or consent. The birth certificate listing you as the sole parent is enough proof of sole legal custody even if the child bears his last name.

Applying for a passport for my minor child
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm planning to apply a passport for my 3-month-old daughter. I'm confused because I have read that if I only have my name on my daughters birth certificate, I shouldn't be worried on applying on my own (however it has her father's birth date; they didn't put his name since he's not here with us). Does it matter if my daughter has his father's surname? Am I allowed to get her a passport on my own without her father's consent?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for your child's passport without the father. The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is sufficient proof of sole legal custody. The child bearing the father's last name will not be an issue.

Child's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's dad and I are together but he's not on the birth certificate since he's in Mexico. I'm trying to get her a passport. Do i need to put his information on it?

Answer: Yes, you need to enter the information regarding the father. But since his name is not on the birth certificate, you can apply for your child's passport without his presence or consent.

Renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My son’s passport expires in May 2018. I would like to renew it, planning a trip to Canada in Aug. His mother and I are not together, is there any kind of paperwork that she needs to fill out? I have a court order that I am the primary custodial parent.

Answer: The mother needs to either appear with you and the child in person or provide you with a notarized consent to apply for your child's passport.

Renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My son’s passport expires in May 2018. We are planning on going to Montreal, Canada for a basketball tournament during the Labor Day weekend. I am the primary custodial parent. Does his mother need to sign any paperwork?

Answer: The mother does not need to provide consent as long as the minor is traveling with a parent.

Passport without one parent
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is one year old. I want to apply for his passport but his father and I are getting divorced and we are separated. We are living separated for one year. I don’t know where he lives and I don’t have his contact information. I have notarized property and child custody settlement agreement that say his father don’t have any rights on my son and no visitation. I have sole custody in that child custody settlement agreement. How can I apply for my son passport without his father?

Answer: You have to have sole legal custody in order to apply for your child's passport without the father. If the document from the court stipulates that only have legal rights over the child, you may use it as evidence of sole legal custody.

Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for further clarification.

Unknown father
by: Anonymous

Question: I was hoping to take my daughter to Europe in the fall. Her father is unknown and his name is not on her birth certificate . What do I need?

Answer: You do not need any special documents to apply for your child's passport. The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is enough proof of sole legal custody.

Passport for my daugther
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm planning a family vacation for August 2018, visiting my parents in Mexico. I want to take my 9-year-old daughter with me. She does have the last name of her father. However, we have had no contact with him since he was deported out of the United States which was about 8 and half years ago. My daughter's father was only in her life for 2 months at home and then roughly 3 months before he was deported. Am I able to apply for her passport alone?

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, you cannot apply for your child's passport on your own. You need to find a way to contact him to secure his consent.

If you cannot establish contact, you may attempt to apply for the passport under exigent family circumstances using Form DS-5525. In the form, you need to explain in as much detail as possible, the circumstances that surround the child. If you can secure a copy of the father's deportation orders, it will help your case.

Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for further assistance.

Step child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am an active duty service member and I just received orders to Japan. I received orders with dependents... However my oldest is not my biological daughter. Her father has not been in her life since birth (she is 7 years old now) and has yet to attempt to reach out to her. He is listed on her birth certificate, but would my spouse and I be able to get her a passport for her to come along with us to Japan although father is not in any part of her life? I do have the intentions and would love to submit for adoption if needed to do so first.

Answer: We recommend that you speak to a lawyer about the best way to go about the child's situation.

Help
by: Jennifer

Question: I am a Nigerian and gave birth to my son here who is now 3 years old, and have tried getting him a birth certificate and a passport but to no avail and have sent the documents to the father countless numbers of times and he has refused to sign them. Please what should I do?

Answer: Please contact the USCIS for concerns regarding U.S. citizenship.

Traveling when your DS-5525 form was approved
by: Stephanie

Question: What do I need to bring with me to travel Internationally with my minor child if her passport was approved without her father's consent due to not being located?

Answer: Please contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country to find out if you need to bring additional documents for your child

Daughter needs passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my 5 year old daughter needs her passport because I plan on taking her out of the country. Her father is not around and he is not on her birth certificate. Can I apply for her passport with out him.

Answer: Yes, you can apply for your child's passport without the father's consent or presence.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm trying to travel to Mexico with my 4-year-old son. Can I apply for his passport by myself if he only has his dad's last name but the dad's name is not on the birth certificate I have never heard from him ever since I was 9 months pregnant?

Answer: Yes, you can. The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is enough proof of sole legal custody.

Notarized consent
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi! I'm getting my 4-year-old daughter a U.S. passport renewal here in California. Her mother is in the Philippines. Can I submit her consent with just a notarized public attorney from the Philippines? The U.S. Embassy is too far from her place. Many thanks.

Answer: Yes, you can.

Don't know where father is...
by: Anonymous

Question: I have planned going to Mexico to visit some family members and need my daughters passport. I have not heard from the father in about 2 years. Last I knew is he moved out of state. He changed his number and I have no way of contacting him because i have no idea where he is. What can i do?

Answer: You may apply for the child's passport under exigent family circumstances. Please complete Form DS-5525, explain the situation in as much detail as possible and describe the efforts you have made to contact the father and get his consent.

Please note that applications submitted under special family circumstances are processed on a case to case basis.

We recommend speaking to an attorney about sole legal custody to resolve this issue once and for all.

Passport/wanted parent
by: Anonymous

Question: Trying to apply for a passport for my stepson. His father and I have joint custody with the mother but she is on the wanted list and is on the run for 4 years now. We cannot locate her, how can we get a passport for him?

Answer: You may apply for the child's passport under exigent family circumstances. If you can secure a statement from the authorities regarding the warrant and other details of the case as far as locating the mother is concerned, it will help your case.

Social Security card
by: Anonymous

Question: My two sons are not U.S. citizens but the mother is. Does she need my original social security card to apply for my son's passport? Or she just need a copy of my SS n ID?

Answer: A notarized statement of consent and a photocopy of your ID is required to apply for the children's passports.

My husband lives in Mexico
by: Gladys

Question: Hi, my husband lives in Mexico and he has been deported. Can I still fix him papers despite his record its because I'm a U.S. citizen?

Answer: If you are referring to papers to obtain a child's passport, your husband may complete Form DS-3053 and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

He can send the notarized document plus a photocopy of his ID for you to submit with the application.

Social Security card
by: billimonmichael

Question: Do we need to provide our original social security card with the application? Or just a photocopy?

Answer: You will only present the actual card and submit a photocopy. Since you will be submitting a secondary proof of identity, you need to provide other IDs. You may choose from the following:

-State-issued non-driver ID
-Out-of-state driver's license
-Learner's or temporary driver's permit
-Voter registration card
-Employee ID
-Student ID
-Selective Service (draft) card
-Medicare or other health card
-Expired driver's license
-Membership card in a local social organization or club
-Rental contracts
-Mortgage documents
-Auto registrations
-Traffic tickets & violations

My 4-month-old child's passport.
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I'm a U.S citizen and so is my infant son. I have his father's name on the birth certificate but his father is back in Mexico as he is not a U.S. citizen. Can he use the DS-3053 form or can he just type or write a consent letter and notarize it by any agency or does it have to be notarized by any close consulate by Veracruz or the U.S embassy in Mexico City?

Answer: The father can use Form DS-3053 and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

He may use a use a different statement of consent and have it notarized by a third-party notary but it is strongly recommended that he use the DS-3053 and seek the services of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to avoid possible issues.

Once notarized, he needs to mail the form with a photocopy of his ID to you so you can submit it with the rest of the requirements when you apply for your child's passport.

Documents
by: Anonymous

Question: So my daughter's father lives in Mexico and he can't come to the USA. I just want to now what kind of forms I have to send to him so that I can get the passport for my kid.

Answer: The father needs to fill out Form DS-3053 and have it notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico. Once that is accomplished, he needs to send the notarized document to you with a photocopy of his government-issued ID.

You will then submit the notarized form and other requirements for your child's passport.

Trying to get a passport for my son
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 15 and his father has not been in his life for years. Out of the 15 years, my son has seen his dad only twice his life. There is no way to contact him at all.

He is on child support but there has not been any payment in years. Child support does not know his whereabouts also to even serve him with court papers. So the only time I received a payment is when he worked for a company and not getting paid under the table.

So how can i get my son his passport when the father has been a ghost all his life?

Answer: Since the father's name is on the child's birth certificate, he needs to be present or provide consent in order for you to apply for your child's passport.

If you cannot contact the father, you need sole legal custody of the child to apply on your own.

If the child is turning 16 soon, you can wait until after his birthday to apply for his passport. At 16, he can already apply without both parents being present if he already has his own government-issued ID.

Childs father doesnt even know he exists.
by: Amanda

Question: Hello. I'm trying to obtain my child's passport, but I'm having trouble. My child was born in the U.S. but I am a Canadian citizen born in Canada. His father is South African and lives in South Africa. His father doesn't even know he exists. I've tried contacting him on social media and he has blocked me and will not give me the time of day.

Since I was 2 months pregnant, he has not returned to America, nor can I reach him in anyway. The hospital told me it's best to put his name on, for child support reasons since i will be a single mother, but since we cant locate him or even let him know he is a father, child support will not work. I've attempted to take his name off, and now the vital records will not let me.

My question is, how do i get a passport without his consent? He doesnt even know the child is alive, or even exists. Furthermore, he did not even know I was pregnant.

Answer: Please speak to lawyer about obtaining sole legal custody of your child.

Kids' passport
by: Anonymous

Question: If I'm a citizen of the U.S and my children aren't (1 and 4 years), can I apply for their passports if i don't live in U.S right now because their father is Mexican?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico to assistance in establishing your children's U.S. citizenship and obtaining passports for them.

How to get a passport when father is absent
by: Anonymous

Question: I will like to get a passport for my two daughters (6 and 9) but the father cannot be found. He has a domestic violence record and he tried to strangle me. Do I still need his approval?

Answer: Unless there is a court order or restraining order against the father, you need his consent to apply for your children's passports.

If you cannot locate him, we recommend that you speak to an attorney about getting SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY of your children. This way you can make all major decisions concerning your kids alone -- including applying for passports.

Childs' passport with durable power of attorney
by: Judy Hardin

Question: Can a durable power of attorney be used to get a minor child a passport?

Answer: Following are the regulations in a situation in which there is only one parent present at the time of application:

Passport regulations require that the DS-3053 or statement of non-applying parent's consent be notarized.

* The applying parent, (or legal guardian, if any), will execute the minor's application, with child present.

* The applying parent, (or legal guardian, if any), will provide acceptable identification documentation.

* Acceptable evidence listing the executing adult as the minor's parent will be submitted (see section above on both parents)

* The applying parent will provide either of the following:

1. A signed, notarized statement from the non-applying parent, (or guardian, if any), agreeing to passport issuance to the minor. (Listing child's name and date of birth.) The non-applying parent may type or write his or her own statement, or complete and sign the appropriate section (4A) on the Department's form DS-3053: Statement of Consent. A photocopy of the non-applying parent's identification is required.
Sample wording would be:

"I, (name) consent to the Passport Application of my son/daughter (Name)(Date of Birth). Signed (Non-Applying Parent's Signature)

The statement from the non-applying parent (or guardian) must be notarized. The statement does not have to reflect any identification documentation for the non-applying parent. A faxed copy of the parental consent statement may be acceptable for urgent departure cases.

If the consent of the non-applying parent cannot be obtained because of an "Exigent" or "Special Family" circumstance, the applying parent must submit a written statement explaining the situation, or complete and sign the appropriate section (5) on the Department's form DS-3053 entitled "Statement of Consent".

-OR-

2. Documentary evidence that the applying parent or guardian has sole legal custody or legal guardianship of the minor, that the minor is being authorized by a court of competent jurisdiction to travel outside the United States where a passport is required, or that the minor may be issued a U.S. passport. Such documentary evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) A certified birth certificate providing the minor's name, date and place of birth, and the applying parent's name only;
(b) An adoption decree naming only the applying parent;
(c) A guardianship decree naming only the applying guardian;
(d) A court order granting sole legal custody to the applying parent or guardian. The order cannot include a provision limiting the minor's ability to travel outside the United States;
(e) A court order specifically authorizing passport issuance to the minor, regardless of custodial arrangements;
(f) A court order specifically authorizing the travel of the minor to a country where a U.S. passport is required;
(g) A court order declaring the non-applying parent or guardian to be incompetent;
(h) A copy of a death certificate for the non-applying parent or guardian.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: If the child doesn't have his/her father's name on the birth certificate, will I have the authorization to apply for a passport for the baby?

Answer: Yes, the birth certificate listing you as the only parent is enough proof of sole legal custody of the child. You may apply for your child's passport without the father's presence or consent.

Help for my niece
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister-in-law, my niece, and her father live in Mexico. My niece is a U.S. citizen but her parents have been separated for 10 years. Now the sister of my niece’s father is trying to get her passport, birth certificate and social security number without the mother’s approval. Can she get away with getting these documents? She’s really worried that she can get away on stealing this documents.

Answer: Please contact an attorney regarding the issue.

My 5-year-old daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 5 years old. I want to travel to Mexico so see my father. My ex boyfriend (her dad) left us when she was 3 months old. His name is not on the birth certificate but she does have his last name. Can I still apply for a passport without his consent?

Answer: The birth certificate listing you as the only parent is enough as evidence of sole legal custody of the child. You may apply for your daughter's passport without the father's presence or consent.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I need help. I have 2 kids, 7 and 9 years old. They have never been to my country, they haven’t meet my family -- my mom, my father (died 3 years ago), my brothers and sisters (still alive) because their father and I got divorced. Their father said that he won’t allow the kids to go to my country until they are 18 years old. This makes me sad because my mother is very old and I really want my kids meet my mom so bad; my mom and family can’t come here. It is too much trouble and my mom is way too old. What can I do?? Please help. We have been in court 39 times; this man has a lot of money and a lot of power. I’m just a mom without much, just my kids. What can I do?

Answer: If the father's name is on the kids' birth certificates, you need the father's presence or consent in order to apply for their passports.

You may file for sole legal custody of the children so you can apply without the father. Also, you do not have to wait until they're 18. At 16, they may already apply with only one parent's consent as long as they already have their own ID.

My son
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 14 and his dad's name is not on birth certificate. He has my last name but his dad pays child support. Will he have to sign for me to get a passport? If he does, how old does he have to be that only one parent can sign?

Answer: The birth certificate should be enough proof that you have sole legal custody of your child. You may apply for your child's passport without the father.

At 16, your child may apply for his passport on his own if he already has his driver's license. He will then just need a signed statement of consent of awareness from you.

Passport issues
by: Anonymous

Question: I would like to apply for my toddler's passport but there’s an order of protection against the father; his name is on the birth certificate. Can I still apply for the passport? I’m traveling in February.

Answer: If the protection order is still valid, you may submit a copy order with Form DS-5525 and apply for your child's passport under exigent family circumstances.

Passport for child/father in accident
by: Anonymous

Question: I would like to get a passport for my son without the consent of his absentee father. I have tried contacting his family to see if it was possible for him to sign the consent form but was told that he has been in and out of the hospital in regards to an accident he had a few years ago on his motorcycle, which left him mentally incapacitated. He gets seizures regularly and is not able to sign his name on his own. After his ongoing seizures he has to learn body mechanics and who certain people are all over again. What can I do?

Answer: You may apply for your child's passport under exigent family circumstances. Please submit Form DS-5525 with a medical certificate signed by the father's physician describing is current condition. Submit these documents with the other requirements at a nearby acceptance facility where you must appear with the child.

Please note that applications submitted under exigent circumstances are processed on a case by case basis.

Concern
by: Anonymous

Question: What happens if after a long time of trying to reach my daughter's father who lives in Guatemala to ask him for his consent to renew my daughter's passport and he refuses ?

My daughter and I are both U.S. citizens; he's not. Never really communicated, I could say he doesn't care about her yet he refuses to send me the document because he says he has no money to send the documents and that it's not his problem. I have raised my daughter on my own for three years now, no child support not any source of help from him since he doesn't live here.

My daughter has his and my last name and he's name is also on the birth certificate.

Answer: Since the father's name is on the birth certificate, he shares legal custody of the child with you. As such, you need his notarized consent to apply for your child's passport.

We recommend that you speak to a lawyer about filing for sole legal custody of the child. Once this is resolved, you should not have issues apply for your child's passport and making important decisions for the minor.

Question
by: sam

Question: I am a U.S. citizen and so are my kids -- 14 and 9 years old. My wife is not a citizen, not even a green card holder. She lives in another country. She took my kids and their passport. Can I issue them passports without her presence?

Answer: When applying for a child's passport, the child must appear with both parents at an acceptance facility. You cannot obtain passports for your children without them and their mother.

Passport issues.
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex husband and I share custody of our son who is 13 yrs old going on 14. Our son needs a passport to be able to travel out of the country for 5 days for a short family visit in Canada. Unfortunately his dad refused to provide a permission to get a passport, pretending that he is always busy. So how can I apply for his passport without his consent and presence as well? Our son is worried and don't understand why his dad can refuse to step up and sign for his passport. Thank you for your consideration to this matter.

Answer: If the father's name is on the birth certificate, you need to obtain his notarized consent to apply for your child's passport.

Having said that, U.S. citizen minors may travel to Canada and back to the United States with just their birth certificates. You may not need a passport for your child unless you are flying to Canada, in which case you need a passport book.

Parents live in Mexico now
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my cousin's daughters want to visit in the summer. They were born in the States but haven’t been here in years. Can I take them to get their passports when they get here if I have both parents' consent? Is there a form that they can get notarized? The parents currently live in Mexico.

Answer: Both parents need to provide you with a notarized statement authorizing you to apply for the children's passports. The statement must be accompanied by photocopies of both parents' IDs.

Dangerous father
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 2 kids and 11 year old and a 9 year old. Their father has been gone and out of their lives for 8 years now and in the past we went through domestic violence with him. He is dangerous and was in jail for raping and killing a 13 year old girl in Mexico. I am scared he will come back to take my kids away. He is their biological father and is on their birth certificates, I travel to Mexico every year and have never been able to take them with me since I can't get their passports, what can I do to remove him from their birth certificates and get full custody over them?

Answer: Please speak to a lawyer regarding your concern.

Issued court order
by: Anonymous

Question: I have shared joint custody of my daughter with her father. On 2/29/2016 we had a court hearing in which I asked the judge to allow me to take my daughter to Mexico since the father did not allow me to. The court order states that I may travel with my daughter to Mexico during my vacation weeks. Is this enough for me to get her passport without the father present or a statement?

Answer: If the court order does not specifically stipulate that you may apply for your child's passport without the father, then it cannot be used for that purpose. You need to go back to the courts and file for the father to sign the consent form.

You may also speak to a lawyer regarding SOLE LEGAL custody of the child.

How can I do the notarized consent?
by: Anonymous

Question: I didn’t marry my son’s father, still single. But his name shows on the child's birth certificate. I want to apply for a passport for my son. Now his father doesn’t live in the U.S. and won't be back for a long time. I don’t want to apply for sole legal custody because we have a good relationship.

How can I do the notarized consent without the father’s presence/appearance?

Answer: The notarized consent is only necessary if the father cannot appear with the child at the time of application.

Since the father is overseas, he can have the Statement of Consent notarized at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where he currently resides. Once the document is completed, he can then mail it to you to submit with the application for your child's passport.

American passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My partner who is 30 years of age recently only found out his biological father is American and is looking to get a passport. His biological father is not on his birth certificate and we can't seem to contact him but are in touch with his siblings. Is it possible for him to get an American passport through his biological fathers siblings as we are Irish.

Answer: Please contact the USCIS for assistance in establishing your partner's U.S. citizenship.

My child’s father
by: Anonymous

Question: My child’s father pops in and out her life he is not consistent and I don’t here from him that often he changes his number a lot and I can’t get in touch with his family. I just want to know what do I have to do.

Answer: If the father's name is in the child's birth certificate, you need his presence or notarized consent to obtain your child's passport.

If the father is unreachable or uncooperative, we recommend you speak to a lawyer regarding filing for SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY of your child.

Need answer asap!!
by: Anonymous

Question: Recently lost all my 3 kids' and my passport due to flood in Houston. My son's dad just got shot and is in critical condition. My son's dad is on the birth certificate. How can I obtain my son passport for us to travel to be with his dad since his dad isn't in any condition to sign the consent form?

Answer: You case may qualify as an exignent family circumstances. When you apply for your child's passport, include Form DS-5525. You must explain the situation in as much detail as possible when filling out the form. Also, include a certification from the father's doctors explaining why he is currently incapacitated and cannot sign for the passport.

Custodial parent
by: Anonymous

Question: If my daughter is 15 and I have primary custody of her and father has not been a part of her life since she was six years old. Do I need to get permission from him to get her passport even though we have no idea where he lives or have no way of contacting him. He is the non custodial parent but hasn't seen her since she's six.

Answer: Unless you have sole legal custody of your child, you need the father's consent to apply for your child's passport.

If you have already tried all measures to contact the father to no avail, you can file Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent Family Circumstance with your application. You must explain in as much detail as possible all the efforts you made to contact the father and the circumstance that surrounds the child.

If you do not have travel plans, you can wait until the child turns 16 so she can apply for her own passport with only your statement of awareness of the passport issuance.

Two different dads
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 2 kids with different dads. One lives here in the USA and the other one lives in Mexico. They are not on their birth certificates but they have their dads' last names. Can I still get their passport?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for your children's passports. Since the fathers' names are not on their birth certificates, you do not need their presence or consent for obtain passports for your kids.

Passport for my kids
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 4 kids and I am planning to move to my country of birth. The dads have never been in their lives or pay for child support, I don't even know where I can contact them. Can I I get my kids passport without the dads?

Answer: If the fathers' names are on your children's birth certificates, you need their presence or consent to apply for your children's passports.

If you cannot find them or they refuse to provide consent, we recommend speaking to a lawyer regarding sole legal custody. You MAY also need sole custody if you're planning on moving to a different country.

Can a father get passport without the mother's consent?
by: Anonymous

Question: Father has custody of daughter but he is not on the birth certificate. He got a court order to change the birth name but he has never done it. Mother has parental responsibilities. So does the father have to have the mother's consent?

Answer: Unless the father has SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY of the child, he needs to secure a notarized consent from the mother in order to apply for a minor's passport.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I am currently planning on traveling with my 6-month-old child. However I have not yet submitted the paperwork to get her passport. Would I be able to apply for her passport and travel with her without her father's written consent? She currently only has my last name and he is not on the birth certificate.

Answer: Since the father's name is not on the birth certificate, you should be able to apply for your child's passport on your own.

Also, you should be able to travel with the child without the father's written consent.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm a single mom. My son's father hasn't been in his life. He's 17 years old now; I want to get his passport. Do I still need his dad to sign?

Answer: Minors age 16 and 17 who have their own government-issued IDs (driver's license) may apply for passports without their parent/s' presence. However, it is still recommended that at least one parent appears with the child or provide a signed statement of consent or awareness of the passport issuance. The signed statement must be accompanied by a photocopy of your ID. Your son's father does not need to be involved.

Expired notary
by: Anonymous

Question: My children's father signed for the passports and got it notarized but I haven't had the money to get the passports so now the notarized papers are expired. Will I still be able to use them?

Answer: You need to submit new notarized consent statements.

Need to know
by: Colbine

Question: Hi, I want to know more information please. I'm from Haiti but I've lived in USA since 2016 and I have my green card. My baby was born in the USA in July 2016. Now I want to apply for his passport. His father lives in Haiti and never visits the United States. How can I apply for my son's passport by myself? I also want to know too if I can travel to Haiti in December with him without the passport. Thank you.

Answer: Since your son was born in the United States, he is automatically a U.S. citizen. All you need is his U.S. birth certificate to prove his citizenship. If the father's name is on the birth certificate, you need his notarized consent to obtain the minor's passport. He can mail it from Haiti.

If you are listed as the only parent on the birth certificate, you can apply for the passport without the father's consent.

All U.S. citizens are required to have a passport in order to exit and re-enter the United States. You need to secure a passport for your son before your trip in December.

Can one parent
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S citizen. I was born in California but my son was born in Mexico. I want to bring him with me but his dad does not want to sign so I can get him papers and have him with me. He does not want to even see my son, he does not help me in anything that has to do with him and has another wife. What can I do?

Answer: If the father's name is in the child's birth certificate, it means you share custody with him. As such, you need his presence or notarized statement of consent to apply for the child's passport.

Since the father refuses to cooperate, we recommend speaking to an attorney about filing for SOLE LEGAL custody of the child so you can apply for the child's passport and make other important decisions when it comes to the child without the father.

Minor passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 10-year-old son and his dad has never been in his life since he was born. He was issued a passport when he was 6 and I need to renew his passport now. Do I need to do the same process I went through the first time? With the a hand written letter and proof that the father wasn't in his life?

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. You need to apply for a new passport for your child.

Since the father's name is on the birth certificate, his presence or written consent is required. You must exhaust all efforts to contact the father to obtain his consent for the issuance.

If you cannot locate him or he refuses to sign for the passport, we recommend speaking to the local family court or your lawyer regarding sole legal custody of the child. Once this is established, you can apply for your child's passport without the other parent.

U.S passport
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have entitled custody for my two daughters. Can I apply for U.S passports for them without the father's consent?

Answer: You must have SOLE LEGAL custody of your children in order to apply for their passports without the father's consent.

How to obtain my daughters passport ASAP
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's father has been in and out of jail all his life. I do not know his whereabouts, tried reaching out to his family many times. No one knows his whereabouts. My daughter is eight years old now and has been in my care her entire life. She has only seen her father three times in her life. I tried to apply for a passport. I didn't know it's so complicated to do so until I got a notification back stating that the father must consent. Last I know he was in jail but learned that he is no longer there. I bought a ticket for my daughter to go to the DR with my mother this month. But she needs her passport ASAP. Please help. What can I do to obtain her passport?

Answer: Since the father's name is on the birth certificate, you really need his consent. If you can find out if is in jail and where, you can try to obtain a copy of his incarceration order and submit it with Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent Family Circumstances.

If this is not possible, your next best option is to contact the local family court for sole legal custody of your child. Once this is established, you can apply for your child's passport without the father's consent or presence.

Passport
by: Nini

Question: I am Haitian. I live with my dad in the United States; he is an American citizen and he wants to apply for a passport for me. My mother had to go to the capital of Haiti to do it, she did the papers right but the ID she added to it is expired. My dad is really tired of her because every time she does it, something is always wrong and my dad has to pay for the papers. The last time she was in the capital, she had a car accident but is now alright. What should we do? I am 17, almost 18 and I really want to get my passport done.

Answer: You need to establish U.S. citizenship before applying for a U.S. passport. We recommend you contact the USCIS for advice on the matter.

Decision making parent and passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My court order say joint legal custody with primary and decision making awarded to me. Is this enough to apply for the passport without other parent's signature?

Answer: In order to apply for a minor's passport without the other parent's presence or consent, you need to establish SOLE LEGAL custody. Since you have joint custody, you need the other parent's notarized statement of consent.


Help
by: Anonymous

Question: My son has lived with me since birth. His mom is in and out of his life, I've asked her to sign paperwork and she declines and makes it more difficult then it needs to be. I don't have custody of my son she just left him with me since birth. Anyway I can get a passport without her?

Answer: We recommend that you contact the local family court to get them to order the mother to sign the consent for passport issuance for your son.

You can also consult with an attorney about filing for sole legal custody of the child.

Mother refuses to sign passports
by: John Renken

Question: I have custody of 4 children. Their mother refuses to sign for passports. I filed a motion with the court to get their passports and the judge refused to hear the case stating "the parents must learn to work together". What is my next step?

Answer: You need to establish sole legal custody or have a court order compelling the mother to provide consent for passport issuance. Since you have neither, you need to go back to the mother and convince her sign the statement of consent. It may be difficult but unless the children's welfare or health are at stake, you cannot apply for their passports under exigent family circumstances.

Also full custody
by: Jay

Question: My brother and I live with our stepmother, birth father, grandmother, and birth sister. My birth mom lost custody of us when I was 12 and now my stepmom and birth dad have full custody. We don't have passports and I'm planning on going to Japan when I turn 16 next year. Is there anyway we can get our passports without our birth mother's consent?

Answer: If your birth mother's name is on your birth certificates, you need her consent in order to apply for your passports unless your father has SOLE LEGAL custody.

Having said that, you can wait until you turn 16 before you apply for your passport. Minors age 16 and 17 who have their own government-issued IDs may apply for passports without the presence of both parents. However, proof of awareness of the issuance from at least one parent must be implied. This can be through a signed statement of awareness from your father accompanied by a photocopy of his ID.

Temporary custody
by: Susanna

Question: My husband has a 15-year-old with an expired passport. His name is not on the birth certificate. How can he get her a new passport so she can travel?

Answer: Since the father's name is not on the birth certificate, he cannot apply for the minor's passport without the mother's consent and authorization.

He needs to contact the mother for a notarized statement of consent and authorization allowing him to apply for a passport for the child. The original notarized document is required.

Father incarcerated
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 3 kids but the father of my kids is incarcerated and have yet to be sentenced. we have a child support order to share custody of the kids but we have talked since before he went to jail. can I file a DS-5525 form to get them a passport?

Answer: Your children's case falls under exigent family circumstance. You may use Form DS-5525 to apply for your children's passports. Please submit it with the father's incarceration order.

Passport for 13-year-old without his fathers last name
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's father wants to get a passport for him but his last name isn't his fathers last name. My son doesn't want to change his last name. Is there anyway to get a passport for my son without his fathers last name?

Answer: If the child's last name on his birth certificate is not his father's last name, there should be no issue using that name on his passport application.

However, if the father's last name is also your son's last name on his birth certificate, you need a court ordered name change in order to use a different last name on his passport.

Please keep in mind that both parents are on the child's birth certificate, both parents also need to be with the child when he applies for his passport. If one parent cannot appear with him, the non-applying parent must provide a notarized consent to be submitted with the application.

Physical Custody
by: Anonymous

Question: I have full physical custody of my 5-year-old son. Do I need consent to apply for a passport for him?

Answer: Yes, you need a notarized consent from the non-applying parent in order to apply for your child's passport. Physical custody does not allow you to apply for your child's passport alone, sole legal custody does.

Absent Father
by: Anonymous

Question: My cousins are trying to get a passport but their father was deported to El Salvador more than 10 years ago and they have not seen him since. Is there a way they can still get passports with the father living in a different country?

Answer: If your cousins are minors below 16 years old and their father's name in their birth certificates, they need their father's notarized consent in order to obtain their passports. This consent must be presented by their mother when they apply in person at an acceptance facility.

Your cousins need to track their father down and get him to mail the notarized consent. Starting the search on social media will greatly help.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: My aunt is planning a cruise for Christmas but I have to get my passport. My mother has full custody of me but my fathers name is still on the birth certificate although he didn't sign it..Is he required be to be there to get my passport?

Answer: If you are a minor aged 15 or younger and your mother does not have SOLE LEGAL custody, your father needs to be with you or provide a notarized statement of consent for you to obtain a passport.

If you are 16 or 17 and you have your own ID, you do not need to be with both parents. A statement of awareness of the passport issuance from at least one parents plus a copy of that parent's ID should suffice.

If you are an adult, you can apply for your passport in person on your own.

FULL CUSTODY
by: Anonymous

Question: My child is now 9 years old. The birth Mom is on the birth certificate but lost her right when my child was 5 years old. Now I'm married for four years and want to go abroad for a vacation. I have the court order awarding me full custody. Do I still need the birth mother's consent to get my child's passport?

Question: If by full custody you mean sole legal custody, you do not need the birth mother's consent to apply for your child's passport.

what to do
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 14 years old and her passport has expired. Its been about 5 years since her father has left to Mexico, and I cannot get in reach with him. He is on the birth certificate. how do I get her a new passport.

Answer: Since the father is in the birth certificate, you need his notarized statement of consent to apply for your daughter's passport. You need to find a way to contact the father to get this document.

If this is not something possible, you may visit the local family court or consult a lawyer about getting sole legal custody of the child.

Passport for child with order of protection
by: Anonymous

Question: I have an order of protection against my child's father. Will that help in the process of getting a passport without him?

Answer: If the protection order is still in effect, you may submit a copy of that order when you apply for your child's passport.

Passport just with one parent
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 16 she has her state ID. She wants to go to Los Angeles, California this summer. Her dad is on the birth certificate but he left for Mexico many years ago. He has never tried to contact us. I have not known nothing about him for more than 5 years. I sent him a letter years ago but he never wanted to sign the paper what can I do?

Answer: Minor citizens aged 16 and 17 who have their own government-issued proof of identity may apply for a passport without the presence of both parents. However, consent from at least one parent must still be established by either personal appearance or through a signed statement accompanied by that parent's ID.

Passport Application for Minor
by: Anonymous

Question: Can someone apply for a passport for a minor if the mother is married but her husband did not the sign the birth certificate and the biological father did?

Answer: Yes. Both parents (mother and biological father) need to appear with the child in person at a nearby acceptance facility to apply for the child's passport.

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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