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How do I complete the DS3053 for my daughter when her father is unable to sign because of a stroke?

by Helen

Question: I need to renew my daughter's passport for a trip in December. My husband is now in a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center after complications during surgery. He is unable to sign the consent form. I have full POA but the post office told me that he needs to sign even though I explained he cannot read or write. What do I need to do? Thank you. Helen

Answer: There is a place on Form DS-3053 for special circumstances. I suggest you complete that section and include a copy of the POA and an official document from the doctor explaining your husband's condition and inability to sign the document.

Also, you may consider applying at a different passport application acceptance facility. You can access a complete list by clicking the link below.

Virginia Passport Offices

Finally, if you are unable to find a passport agent that will accept the application, you may want to visit a regional passport processing center. For more information, click the link below.

Passport Agency List

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