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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.

Apply for Child's Passport

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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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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