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We advise that both parents should be present at the appointment. However, we recognize that it may not be possible in all cases.
If one custodial parent is not able to attend, you must submit one of the following:
- Form DS-3053 (PDF 41 KB) (Statement of Consent) completed by the absent parent and notarized before a U.S. Notary Public; OR
- Evidence of the appearing parent’s sole authority to apply for the passport in the form of one of the following:
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) listing only applying parent; or
- Child’s birth certificate listing only applying parent; or
- Adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent); or
- 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.); or
- Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or
- Death certificate of non-applying parent.
- Exceptions may be made in cases of exigent or special family circumstances as approved by the Department of State. If it is determined that exigent or special family circumstances apply, the applying parent/guardian must make and sign a statement under the penalty of perjury describing the exigent or special family circumstances.
Note on Differing Surnames/Family Names: If your name is not the same as your child’s last name or the name listed on your proof of parentage, you must submit documentation that will link your names or link you to the child (marriage/divorce certificate, court order).
Note on Physical Development: Frequently as a child grows older, the child no longer resembles photographs from a previous U.S. passport. This is particularly true when the previous passport was issued when the child was an infant. In circumstances such as this, the parents should bring as many photos of the child as possible to illustrate its physical development over the years since the issuance of the previous passport. All photos will be returned to the parents.