Parental Consent for Minors

According to U.S. law, both parents must be present in order to apply for all minors’ U.S. passport services (for all children under age 16).

1. If one parent/guardian cannot appear with the child to apply for the passport, he/she can give a notarized Statement of Consent (permission) by completing Form DS-3053, along with a photocopy of parent/guardian ID at the time of application. The consent along with application must be submitted within three months of notarization.

2. It is also possible to provide the equivalent of the Form DS-3053 in Russian, along with a photocopy of parent/guardian ID at the time of application. The notarized consent along with application must be submitted within three months of notarization and must include the following information:
• The full name of the child;
• Date of Birth of the child;
• The degree of kinship of the enrolling form with respect to the child;
• Phone number, postal and email address;
• Exclude any ambiguous interpretation of the consent of the parent who sings the application for the issuance of a passport to the child.

3. If one parent/guardian has Sole Legal Authority, he/she must submit evidence with the application. All foreign documents must be accompanied by an English translation (formal or informal). Examples include:

• Court order granting you sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other
custody order;
• Court order specifically permitting you to apply solely for your child’s passport;
• Original child’s birth certificate listing you as the only parent;
• An adoption decree listing you as the only parent;
• The judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person;
• Original death certificate of the parent that cannot appear in person;
• In many cases we may ask for a notarized consent form from the non-custodial parent
where only a divorce certificate by mutual consent exists, or we could request further
evidence of sole legal custody.

4. If the written consent of the non-applying parent or guardian cannot be obtained, the applying parent or guardian should provide DS-5525  (Statement of Exigent Special Family Circumstances) and must submit evidence with the application. All foreign documents must be accompanied by an English translation (formal or informal).