Two-Parent Consent

  1. Adoption
  2. 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.
  • The second parent can express their consent to the issuance of a passport by completing Form DS-3053: Consent (PDF 42 KB), and having it notarized. In Australia, the DS-3053 can be notarized by either a Public Notary or a Justice of the Peace (JP). The completed DS-3053, and copy of the ID presented at the time the consent form was notarized must be submitted at the interview.

There are a few points to note about completing the Consent form:

  1. Be sure to use the U.S. date format (mm/dd/yyyy), or spell out the month (eg: 1-Jan-2019).
  2. The consenting parent must name the applying parent in Section 4.
  3. The JP/notary must record the details of the ID that the parent presents when signing the form in section 5. Please ensure that the JP/notary records the details of the ID, and not the JP/notary’s registration number.
  4. We will also require a copy of the ID that the parent submits when they sign the form. Please have the JP/notary certify a copy of the parent’s ID.
  5. The notarized form must be less than three months old to be accepted.
  • 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.