Passport Parental Consent is required for a minor passport (also known as a child passport). It includes any applicant who is 15 years old or younger.
Lastly, if there is only 1 parent or guardian on the birth certificate, then only that parent need be present to qualify as Passport Parental Consent.
What if a parent is missing or in jail?
If one of the parents is not available to visit the Passport Acceptance Facility, the parent can submit a notarized parental consent form.
- A Statement of Consent or Special Circumstances: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (Form DS-3053) is the parental consent form for the absentee parent or guardian. Be sure to notarize and complete the form with black ink (and write clearly).
- If one of the parents is not available because they are missing, in jail, absentee, or any other reason, you may want to submit a Statement of Exigent / Special Family Circumstances For Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (Form DS-5525).
NOTE: In the unfortunate circumstance of a deceased parent, you must present the death certificate.
What if I can’t find the birth certificate?
Importantly, the birth certificate must be the long-form birth certificate, which it lists the parents names. If you have a previously issued passport (expired), you may use it in place of a birth certificate.
In the event you cannot locate your birth certificate, please contact the hospital or county of your birth for a copy.
Last but not least, the PassportOnline.ORG Support Team can help you secure a new birth certificate, if you need it quickly. For more information, see Express Birth Certificate or learn how to replace a Missing Birth Certificate.
NOTE: Additionally, if there has been an adoption, you’ll need to present adoption paperwork.