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Application by One Parent

Application by One Parent

When applying for a passport service for a child under 16, both parents are normally requried to appear.  If only one parent is able to appear they should furnish the following, in addition to forms and documents listed for the passport application:

  • Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) completed by the absent parent must be notarized before a U.S. Notary Public, British Notary Public, or British Solicitor. The notary or solicitor must place his/her official seal upon the document and the notarization must be no more than 3 months old.  Click here for further information

    The absent parent must also provide an original or clear photocopy of their government-issued photo I.D.(such as their U.S or foreign passport, driving license or military I.D).

Alterntively, the applying parent may furnish one of the following documents:

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only applying parent;
  • Child's birth certificate listing only applying parent;
  • Adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent);
  • Court Order granting sole custody to the applying parent (i.e the absent parent has no access to the child.  Child's travel must not be restricted by that order;
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent or
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent

If none of the above documentation is available, the applying parent must submit Form DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances) stating why the non-applying parent/guardian's consent cannot be obtained. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent's or guardian's unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. The applying parent also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstances.