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New U.S. Passport Requirement

Consent Statements by Non-Applying Parents Included with Passport Applications for Minors Under Age 14 Must Be Notarized.

Effective November 1, 2004, the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs will begin requiring that all consent statements by a non-applying parent included with U.S. passport applications for minors under age 14 be notarized. The consent statement must include the child's name and date of birth, as well as parent's identification information or a copy of his/her ID. This new requirement is being implemented to enhance the accurate identification of applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and substitution.

Please click here for the DS 3053 form.

For additional information about passport application requirements, please visit ../../passport_1738.html or contact the National Passport Information Center by phone or email:

National Passport Information Center
Toll-free: 1-877-487-2778

TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 12 midnight., Eastern Time, excluding Federal Holidays
Email from: General Passport Questions

Note: To make an appointment at one of our Passport Agencies, please see Passport Agencies .