Two-parent consent

Both parents/legal guardians must provide consent authorizing passport issuance for a minor under age 16. See the scenarios below, and follow the instruction that best applies to your circumstance.

  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit the second parent’s notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053 PDF 42 KB) and a notarized photocopy of the identification presented when signing. The form must be signed and notarized within the last three months, and can be notarized by a Justice of the Peace. The Justice of the Peace or Notary Public must affix the  notarized consent form and identification together.
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following:
    • minor’s original U.S. or foreign birth certificate, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad listing only the applying parent;
    • court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order);
    • adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent);
    • judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or,
    • death certificate of non-applying parent
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit Form DS-5525 (PDF 42 KB): 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 should also provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstances.
  • Submit a notarized statement or affidavit from both parents/guardians:
    • authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport for their child; and,
    • consenting to the issuance of a passport to their child.
    • a photocopy of the identification presented when signing.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • When the statement of affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.

The notarized statement or affidavit and identification must be affixed together by the Notary Public.