If you or the other parent can’t or won’t go with your child to apply for the passport, the parent who can’t go needs to fill out Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent - Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16. You can’t fill this out online, you can only print out a blank form.
Find Form DS-3053 online at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/forms.html
- Scroll down to “Forms for Special Situations”
- Click on “Statement of Consent: Issuing a Passport to a Child (DS-3053)”
You can also get a DS-3053 at a passport application center. The completed form must be signed in front of a notary.
You also need a copy of both sides of the missing parent’s identification.
Take the completed form and the copy of the identification to the application center. The form showing permission from the other parent can’t be more than 3 months old.
NOTE: If the other parent died, bring the death certificate or affidavit of death.
If you have sole legal custody of your child, you don’t need the other parent. BUT you have to show that you have sole legal custody. Bring the court order that says you have sole custody. If you are the mother, and not married to the father, you can also show this by bringing a birth certificate which only lists the mother.
In Minnesota, if the parents were not married when the child was born or conceived, then the mother has sole legal custody. This may be true even if the father is listed on the birth certificate. An unmarried mother can try to get a family court order saying they have sole legal custody so there’s proof on paper. See our fact sheet Paternity and Child Custody.
If you don’t have proof, fill out Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances - For Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 to try to explain your situation. More information about this form is in the next section.