Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16
Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to appear with the child in person to apply for the passport.
What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?
|You have sole legal authority||You must submit evidence of this with the application. Examples include:
|One parent unable to appear||If one parent/guardian cannot appear with the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent.” (PDF 52 KB). You must submit the completed form with the child’s passport application. The parent that cannot appear with the child must:
There is no fee for this service if performed at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. To schedule an appointment to execute a statement of consent at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, please visit our online appointment calendar and select “notarial service.”
|You cannot locate the other parent||You must submit Form DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances” (PDF 48 KB).
|Neither parent able to appear||A third party may apply for the child’s passport with a notarized statement from both parents/guardians giving that third party permission to apply for the child.
Please Note: Written authorization from the parent that cannot appear in person must be less than three months old.
Please contact us at ACSTirana@state.gov if you have questions about two parent consent not answered here.