If you need a passport for your child, you probably have some important travel plans. It’s crucial to fill out your application correctly. Getting a passport for your child requires the correct, properly notarized documents. Here’s what you need to know about using a DS-3053 Form.
What Is a DS-3053 Form?
This form’s official name is Statement of Consent or Special Circumstance for Minor Passport. The DS-3053 form is for situations where only one parent or guardian is able to fill out the paperwork.
In most cases, both parents must apply for a minor child’s passport. If the other parent isn’t available for any reason, you must use the DS-3053 form.
The government considers any child under 16 a minor.
You can now get documents notarized online from the comfort of your home or office. It’s easy to notarize your DS-3053 form and your other passport paperwork when you use an online notarization platform.
Filling out the DS-3053 Form in 6 Steps
- Fill out the DS-3053 form, but don’t sign it. You will date and sign it in front of a notary in a live session.
- Choose whether you want a passport book or a passport card. A passport card is less expensive and quicker to get. A passport card is only valid for entry by land or sea. You can’t use a passport card for international air travel. If you plan to fly internationally, you must get a passport book.
- The other parent must fill out the Statement of Consent section. The statement of consent allows you to complete the application for your child.
- A licensed, commissioned notary must fill out Section 3.
- Sign and date the DS-3053 form in front of the notary.
- Include the DS-3053 form in your passport application.