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How do I get father's consent to obtain a passport or passport card for daughter?

by Elizabeth
(Michigan, US)

Question: We are interested in making a trip to Canada in a couple months, so I would like to get the passport process started. Research has led me to the passport card. Is this something we can get instead of the passport? And is my 6-year-old eligible for this? Her father lives in Alabama and we live in Michigan, so how do we go about getting his consent for her? And where do we go to get all of this done? Is this something that is done at the post office? Thank you for your time!

Answer: You only need a passport for your daughter if you plan to travel to Canada by air. Children under 18 are only required to present proof of citizenship and identity. Of course, a passport card serves both these purposes. If you plan to travel by air, you must apply for a passport book.

In order to obtain a passport for a minor, you are required to appear in person with the child at an application acceptance facility. You can find a list of locations here.

Michigan Passport Offices

If you do not have sole legal custody, then you must submit notarized consent form DS-3053 from the father. He can download the application form online. He needs to complete the form and have it notarized then send it to you.

Besides consent to obtain a passport, you also need a notarized consent to travel form from the father. This is required by the Canadian Border Services Agency. There is no specific form for this document, but it should include dates of travel, parents’ names and photo copies of their state-issued IDs.

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