Two-parent consent

Both parents/legal guardians must provide consent authorizing passport issuance for a minor under age 16. See the scenarios below, and follow the instruction that best applies to your circumstance.

  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit the second parents’ notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053 PDF 42 KB) and a photocopy of the identification the second parent presented at the time the consent form was notarized.  The notarized form must be less than three months old to be accepted. In New Zealand, the DS-3053 can be notarized by a Justice of the Peace (JP).
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following:
    • minor’s original U.S. or foreign birth certificate, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad listing only the applying parent;
    • court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order);
    • adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent);
    • judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or,
    • death certificate of non-applying parent
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Submit Form DS-5525 (PDF 42 KB): Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances stating why the non-applying parent/guardian’s consent cannot be obtained. The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent’s or guardian’s unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. The applying parent should also provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstances.
  • Submit a notarized statement or affidavit from both parents/guardians:
    • authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport for their child; and,
    • consenting to the issuance of a passport to their child.
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer.
  • Appear in person with the minor.
  • When the statement of affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.