Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the child in person to apply for the passport.
What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?
You have sole legal authority
You must submit evidence of this with the application. Examples include:
Complete court order granting you sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other custody order
Complete court order specifically permitting you to apply for your child’s passport (photocopy is acceptable)
Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate listing you as the only parent
Certified copy of an adoption decree listing you as the only parent
Certified copy of the judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person
Certified copy of the death certificate of the parent that cannot appear in person
One parent unable to appear
If one parent/guardian cannot go with the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent.” You must submit the completed form with the child’s passport application. The parent that cannot go with the child must:
Sign and date Form DS-3053 in the presence of a certified notary public, and
Submit a photocopy of the front and back side of the ID that they present to the notary public with Form DS-3053.
A third party may apply for the child’s passport with a notarized statement from both parents/guardians giving that third party permission to apply for the child.
The statement must include a photocopy of the parents/guardians’ identification.
When the statement is from only one parent/guardian, the third party must present evidence of sole custody of the consenting parent/guardian.
Please Note: Written authorization from the parent that cannot appear in person must be less than three months old.
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