Get information on Passport Form DS-3053 Parental Consent Form.
Applying for a minor (child) passport can be stressful, as any mistakes with your documents or application will cause a delay. Accordingly, it is important to complete and submit your passport application correctly the first time.
Be sure to complete the form with black ink and write legibly. If it is hard to read, the U.S. Department of State may deny your passport application.
Parental Consent for Child Passport Application
If one parent cannot be present at the acceptance facility, then he or she can complete DS-3053.The DS-3053 Statement of Consent is a passport parental consent form for when one of the parents or guardians cannot be present at the passport acceptance facility. Also, Form DS-3053 must be notarized.
Moreover, if one parent or guardian is not available to give parental consent, you must use the DS-5525 Special Circumstances Form. If a parent has sole custody, then the DS-3053 Consent Form is not necessary.
Requirements for DS-3053 Statement of Consent
To complete Passport Form DS-3053, one of the following must apply:
- You are the non-applying parent or guardian who is providing written consent as you are unable to apply in person with your child.
- You are the applying parent or guardian and need the written consent of a non-applying parent or guardian who cannot be present at the passport acceptance facility.
How to Complete Passport Form DS-3053 Parental Consent Form
Generally, both parents or guardians must appear with the minor.
However, if one parent/guardian cannot be present, the non-applying parent or guardian must complete “Item 3” on Passport Form DS-3053 and provide written consent for the issuance of a child passport.
The non-applying parent or guardian must sign and date Form DS-3053 in the presence of a certified notary. Then, this person must submit a photocopy of the front and back of his or her ID.
Next, you’ll need to gather your documents and:
- Visit your local passport acceptance facility, regional passport agency, or U.S. Embassy or Consulate Abroad.
- Lastly, submit the signed and notarized DS-3053 with your DS-11 passport application.
NOTE: Importantly, the written consent from the non-applying parent must NOT be older than 90 days.
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