Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent Special Family Circumstances
Applying for a child passport (minor passport) can be tricky. Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent Special Family Circumstances is a part of the reason why.
The child passport application process has a few extra required forms, so please take your time and proceed carefully. Also, routine processing for a child passport is 4-6 weeks. If you need a minor passport faster, Passports Online can help expedite your child’s passport.
Applying for a Child Passport without the Parents or Guardians
When one or more parents/guardians cannot be present when applying for a child passport, you must have a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents/guardians. This statement authorizes the third party to apply for a minor’s passport. You can download the link below:
You’ll use Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances when one of the parents or guardians is unavailable to give consent. You can submit the form if you are the applying parent and want to explain in detail why you could not obtain the non-applying parent/guardian’s consent. In addition, you must explain your efforts to reach the non-applying parent or guardian.
For example, evidence could include any of the following:
- Custody orders.
- Incarceration orders.
- Restraining order.
Lastly, these documents will help in processing Form DS-5525. For additional assistance on how to complete the DS-5525, please contact us.
Don’t let the child passport (minor passport) application process cause any delays to your trip. If you need a passport fast, Passports Online can work on your behalf to get the child passport within 2 weeks, and even as fast as 24 hours.
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