If you plan to travel internationally with a child, then a passport may be necessary to cross a border or proceed through customs. Crossing the U.S.-Canada border is possible with only a birth certificate for your children, but you will need to present a passport or another form of authorized identification to proceed.
Both parents or guardians must authorize a passport issuance in almost every circumstance. The fastest way to do this is to have everyone be present with the child when they apply for this identification.
Some exceptions are possible if you have sole legal custody of a child or one parent/guardian is unable to appear for some reason.
Obtain a Passport as the Sole Legal Authority
If you are a single parent with sole custody, then you can obtain a passport by yourself with your child if you have evidence of this status. There are several documents you can provide that will accomplish this goal.
- A complete court order which grants sole legal custody or one that expressly allows you to obtain a passport.
- A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate where you are the only parent listed.
- An adoption decree which registers you as the sole parent.
- A certified copy of a court declaration of parental incompetence.
- A death certificate or certified copy for the child’s deceased parent.
If one of the parents is unable to go with the child to apply for a passport, then Form DS-3053 in the United States works as a statement of consent. The missing parent will need to sign and date the form with a notary public, and then submit a copy of the front and back of their identification. Some countries require this to occur at the embassy for it to be valid.
What If One of the Parents Cannot Be Found?
If you cannot locate the other parent of your child during the passport application process, then you must fill out Form DS-5525. You will need to provide evidence of the special family circumstances, such as an incarceration or custody order. This process is necessary to prevent international parent-child abduction cases.
If the other parent is on military deployment, Form DS-3053 is expected unless their orders keep them out of contact for some reason. Then you would fill out Form DS-5525 instead, indicating that the other parent is on a special assignment and cannot be reached.A signed statement from the parent’s commanding officer would work in this situation as well.
There are some circumstances when a third party can help a child obtain a passport as well, but it must come with a notarized statement from both parents permitting this outcome. If there is only one notarized statement from a single parent, then the third-party individual must provide evidence of sole custody as indicated above.
Can you get a child passport with only one parent?
What happens if one parent refuses to sign the passport?
Can I get a passport without my parents?
At what age can you get a passport without both parents?
Can a 19 year old get a passport without parents?
Do both parents have to sign for a passport renewal?
Parents or guardians must appear with the child when applying for a passport and must sign the DS-11 form in front of the passport agent. If both parents/guardians are available, both must appear, or one may appear and bring a signed and notarized DS-11 form for the other parent/guardian.
Are both parents required for minor passport?
Do I have to put fathers details on child passport?
How much are children’s passports?
What do I need for a child’s passport?
- Complete DS-11 Application Form for New Passport.
- Provide (2) Passport Photos.
- Child Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate issued by City, County or State of birth)
- Evidence of Parental Relationship.
- Parental Consent (If one parent is applying)
- Passport Fee.
How long does it take to get passport for child?
Do 80 year olds get free passports?
Who is eligible for a free passport?
Can I send my old passport with a first class stamp?
When can I get a free passport?
You can get or renew a British passport for free if you’re a British national and you were born on or before 2 September 1929. You can also use the Post Office Check and Send service for free and get free secure delivery.
How much is a 10 year passport?
|VALIDITY OF PASSPORT||COST||APPLICATION PROCESS LENGTH|
|10 years||Applying Online Or By Post Standard 32-Page Passport: £72.50 Applying Via A Passport Check And Send At A Post Office Standard 32-Page Passport: £82.25 Jumbo 48-page passport: £95.25||3 weeks|
What documents do you need for a first passport?
- Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
- U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements: Issued by the city, county, or state of birth.
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth.
- Certificate of Naturalization.
- Certificate of Citizenship.
How much is a first adults passport?
apply online – it costs £75.50. apply with a paper form – it costs £85.