Applying for a minor (child) passport can be a stressful procedure. Any mistakes with your documents and applications will delay your passport. It is important that you complete the documents correctly the first time. The DS-3053 Statement of Consent is a passport form that is used for the child passport if one of the parents or guardians cannot be present at the acceptance agent. The DS-3053 must be notarized as well. Complete the form using black ink and write legibly. If the form is hard to read, the application may be denied.
The Child (Minor) Passport requires that both parents or guardians give consent for the child or minor get a passport. If one parent cannot be present at the acceptance facility, then they can complete a notarized DS-3053. If one parent or guardian is not available to give consent, you will need to use the DS-5525 Special Circumstances Form. If one parent has sole custody, then the DS-3053 Consent Form is not necessary. This page is for the Passport Form DS-3053 Parental Consent Form Info Guide.
Passport Form DS-3053 Parental Consent Form Info Guide
DS-3053: Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor under Age 16
According to the U.S. Department of State website:
Both parents or guardians should appear with the minor. If one parent/guardian cannot be present, the non-applying parent or guardian must complete item 3 on the DS-3053 “Statement of Consent,” providing written consent for the issuance of a passport for the minor child. Additionally, the non-applying parent or guardian consenting to the issuance of a passport for a minor 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 was presented to the Notary Public with Form DS-3053.
Please submit the signed, notarized DS-3053 with a DS-11 at a passport agency or an authorized passport application acceptance facility.
Requirements for DS-3053 Statement of Consent
- You are the non-applying parent or guardian providing written consent for a minor (child) U.S. passport because you are unable to apply in person with your childor
- You are the applying parent or guardian and you need the written consent of a non-applying parent or guardian who cannot be present at the acceptance facility for the child (minor) passport.
How To Complete Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent:
1. Complete items 1 and 2.
2. Complete item 3, Statement of Consent, only if you are a non-applying parent or guardian consenting to the issuance of a pa
ssport for your minor child. NOTE: Your signature must be witnessed and notarized in item 4.
3. The written consent from the non-applying parent that accompanies an application for a new U.S. passport must not be more than 90 days old. A clear photocopy of the front and back of the non-applying parent’s government-issued photo identification is required with the written consent.
4. Please submit this form with your minor child’s new DS-11passport application to any designated acceptance facility, U.S. Passport Agency, U.S. Embassy, or U.S. Consulate abroad.
DS-3053 STATEMENT OF CONSENT: ISSUANCE OF A U.S. PASSPORT TO A MINOR UNDER AGE 16 FORM INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: False statements made knowingly and willfully on passport applications, including affidavits or other supporting documents submitted therewith, may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under U.S. law, including the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001, 18 U.S.C.
1542, and/or 18 U.S.C. 1621