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Passport for child with notarized letter from parents

by Jacki
(Willits CA, USA)

Question: Can I obtain a passport for a child with a notarized letter from her parents, her original birth certificate and her SSN? I am fiancé to her uncle and want to take her with me when I visit him in Mexico next month.

Answer: Yes, you can obtain a passport for a child if you submit a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents authorizing you to apply for a passport. For a complete list of requirements, click the link below.

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Note, it is also recommended that you obtain a notarized letter of consent to travel with a minor from the child's parents and keep it with you at all time during your trip.

Letter of Consent to Travel with a Minor

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by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, what guarantee do I have if father resides in Mexico and I get a notarized letter form him to give me permission to get passports for our minor children. What do I need to do or forms so I need to fill out. Please advise.

Answer: As long as the statement of consent is notarized by a reputable notary public, it should be accepted. I recommend that the father have Form DS-3053 at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico. Also, he needs to provide you with a copy of his valid government issued ID.

The notarized Form DS-3053 plus the ID copy must be submitted with the rest of the application requirements.

Single parent without court consent
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi I am a mother of two minor kids and got divorced in 2017. Our divorce decree didn't mention about kids. Their father has never been in the USA. I don't know about his current address. I am a U.S. citizen and I need to apply for our passport . How can I do to apply my for kids passports?

Answer: If the father's name is on your children's birth certificates, you need their father's consent to apply for their passports.

When you have exhausted all means to contact him to no avail, you may try to submit Form DS-5525 plus proof of your failed contact attempts with the rest of the application requirements. Please note that applications of this nature are processed on a case by case basis.

Trying to obtain my child's passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I'm trying to get my baby's first passport. The father is detained because he is dealing with immigration. We are married but I did not change my last name to his. He is giving me consent for it so how do I get a notarized letter? Also he doesn't have an ID. What other documents do i need to apply?

Answer: Your case is rather unique since the father does not have an ID. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

by: Anonymous

Question: I'm in the process of renewing my passport that has since expired and have to get my name changed. I'm also getting passports for my kids who are 12 and 13 years old. Can my father notarize for his grandchildren?

Answer: If your passport has been expired for less than 5 years, you may apply for a renewal with name change.

Unless the grandfather shares legal custody with you, he cannot submit a notarized consent for your children's passport applications.

Child passport
by: Greysy

Question: Hi, can I renew my daughter's passport with a guardianship letter from her father? I don’t have a copy of his ID, they never gave me one when he and I went to do the guardianship letter. They only gave the letter and I haven’t seen or spoken to him since 2013. He has no contact with my daughter or with me.

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. You need to apply for a new passport for your child the same way you did the first time -- in person and with the same requirements. Unless the "guardianship letter" awards you SOLE LEGAL custody of the child, you need not only the father's ID but also his notarized consent to apply for your consent.

by: Ericka

Question: Hello, my cousin lives out of state and can’t be in the US to take out her children's passport. Her kids live with their father who is not on the birth certificate. She asked for my help to find out how I can help her and children obtain a passport for the first time. She is desperate, she hasn’t seen her kids in over a year due to not having passports to travel to Mexico. Any advice on how we can help her and her kids?

Answer: The mother can mail you a notarized statement authorizing you to apply for her children's passports on her behalf. A photocopy of her valid government-issued ID is also required.

by: K.R.

Question: If I am a notary. Can I notarize the statement of consent form for my children's father?

Answer: You cannot because of the conflict of interest.

U.S. mother and foreign father
by: Kate

Question: I am giving birth in the U.S. but my husband is not a U.S. citizen, thus unable to come for the delivery. What forms do I need to fill out to confirm that he's the father of my child?

Answer: You need to contact the hospital or birthing center for this. You may also ask the local vital records office for information.

Consent Letter
by: Raechel

Question: Hello. I'm planning a trip for next year for myself, my fiance, our daughter and my son (not my fiance's birth child). I do not know our destination yet. Maybe PR or ME. Please let me know what the consent letter from my son's father has to state.

Answer: Hello, Raechel. The father may use Form DS-3053 and have it notarized.

Passport Request
by: Vanessa

Question: I, Vanessa XXX XXXX, grant my mother, Ana XXX XXX, permission to stand in my behalf and renew my daughter Mya XXX XXX's passport for future travels.

Answer: Hi, Vanessa. We deleted the names for security purposes. This authorization statement must be notarized and sent with in the application of the child's passport. Also, if you share legal custody with another parent, that parent also needs to sign the statement. Photocopies of both parents' IDs must also be sent with the application.

Permission to obtain passport
by: Bruce A. P.

Question: I give my permission to allow Kelsey E P to obtain a passport.

Answer: Hello, Bruce. You need to execute a notarized statement of consent and give it to the applying parent to submit with the application for your child's passport.

Applied with power of attorney
by: Anonymous

Question: When I applied for my son's passport, I sent a power of attorney form signed by his father and notarized, stating he has given me power to apply for a passport. I just received a letter stating that they need a copy of the father's ID, which I cannot get because he is incarcerated. We leave in 2 1/2 weeks; what can I do?

Answer: Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Need help
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi,
I work full time and also attend college. Due to my busy schedule, my child is living with his grandparents outside the States. My son's passport is about to expire and his grandparents want to get it renewed where they are. I am not with his father and can't get him to sign the consent form. What should I do? Thank you.

Answer: If the father's name is on your child's birth certificate, his consent is required. You must contact the father and obtain a signed and notarized consent from him as well as a photocopy of his ID.

If this is not possible, 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.

Get a New Passport for My Child
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I would like to know if a lady delivered her baby and needs to get his first U.S passport, does she need his father with her? If the father can't come to The U.S because of his work, what will be the solution?

Answer: If the father name is on the birth certificate, his consent is required. He can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general to complete the consent form and have it notarized. He can then send it to you to be submitted with your infant's passport application.

let my child go with dad to Peru and she never came back
by: Anonymous

Question: What happens when your child goes on the trip with permission but never comes back?

Answer: You can find information about international child abduction here.

Notarized letter outside the United States
by: Anonymous

Question Hi, I would like to know if the consent letter signed by one of the parents can be written using the same model as the one shown in your web? And also one of the parents is located outside the United States. Can he notarize it with a Public Notary from the country he is in or does he need to certified also with the Ministry of Public Relations?

Answer The consent form on our website contains all the information that is usually requested when entering another country. However, we encourage you to verify specific requirements of the countries that will be visited. The form can be notarized at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general.

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