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Traveling Minor

by Alek Guerrero
(Austin, TX, United States)

Question: If a father is taking his minor child out of the country, and the parents are still legally married, does the mother have to sign a consent form? If so, what is the title of the consent form or letter? How long does it take to get verified? What are the reasons of having to sign a consent or letter?

Answer: Yes, the mother should sign a consent form which the father should carry with him at all times while traveling abroad with minor children.

The travel consent takes only a few minutes to fill out. Then you must have it notarized. This can usually be done at a county clerk's office. It does not take long. Click the link below for an example form.

Minor Travel Consent Form

The purpose of the consent form is to prove to foreign authorities that the minor has permission to travel with you and is not the victim of international child abduction.

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Traveling internationally
by: Anonymous

Question: If my son has his father on the birth certificate, do I have to have a minor consent form to take him outside of the US alone?

Answer: The answer depends on your custody agreement. Also, some countries like Canada and Mexico require consent from the non-traveling parent as a precaution against International Parental Child Abduction. We strongly recommend contacting the embassy of the country you are traveling to to check if they have these requirements in place.

Consent form
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have the full custody of my child, do I still need a consent form to travel to another country?

Answer: The answer depends on the entry requirements of your destination. If you can show evidence of full physical and legal custody, you should be okay.

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