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Non-custodial parent cannot be located for signature on children's passports

by Dana

Question: My kids and I are planning to take a vacation to the Dominican Republic this summer. Their father cannot be located; in the past I tried to file for child support through the courts for a court order child support.

I have legal paper work stating the non-custodial parent could not be located, and that his whereabouts are unknown. Since I have paper work stating the father could not be located, I don't have any information of his whereabouts, and his name was listed on the Birth Certificate.

Is there anyway that I can get a passport for both of my children, without having the consent of their father since he can not be located?

Answer: You can complete the "Special Circumstances" section of Form DS-3053. Explain the situation as thoroughly as possible. Include evidence to the fact that you do not know where the father is located and have no means of contacting him in order to obtain his consent for you to get passport for your children.

Note, there is no guarantee that your request will be approved. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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