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DS-3053 statement of consent: Preparing a passport application for a minor

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times May 13, 2023

The United States Department of State provides a DS-3053 statement of consent. It was established on September 1, 2013, and it's used to authorize the issuing of a minor child's passport when one of the legal representatives or biological parents is not able to appear in person. This form allows a person other than the minor's parent or legal guardian to submit a passport application on their behalf. When applying for a USA passport for a child under the age of 16 who will not be accompanied by one of their legal guardians or biological parents, that parent or guardian ought to fill out and submit the DS3053 form. If a parent or legal guardian cannot physically be at the passport application appointment, they may still grant permission for the minor's passport application by completing and having notarized Form DS3053. When the form has been filled out and signed, it has to be included with the passport application for the young kid.

Complete the DS3053 statement of consent to ensure a fast and smooth passport procedure for your kid

When applying for a passport for a kid under the age of 16 and only one parent or legal guardian could be present, the DS3053 form is required. The absent parent or legal guardian may sign this form to provide permission for the kid to get a passport. Applications for children under 16 must be personally submitted at a Passport Acceptance Center, with the presence of both legal representatives or biological parents, or with a signed and notarized declaration of permission from the parent or guardian who is not submitting the application. Consent from the non-applicant parent or representative may be provided by notarizing Form DS3053. A passport application for a youngster under 16 with just one present parent or representative may be delayed or refused if the required DS3053 form is not submitted. Thus, the form is crucial to guarantee a quick and easy application procedure for a passport on behalf of a child.

Situations when you are not required to fill out a DS3053

As it was stated above, when one of a minor child's legal representatives or biological parents is unable to attend in person with the kid during a passport application, that parent or guardian may submit notarized permission using DS 3053. Nevertheless, there might be exceptions where you wouldn't need a DS3053 form. For instance:

• Whenever applying for a passport in person, any parent or legal guardian may accompany the minor.

• There is proof that one parent or representative has exclusive legal custody of the kid.

• A notarized declaration from the kid's other parent or legal guardian granting authorization for the youngster to apply for a passport and go abroad has been submitted.

The U.S. Department of State maintains the most up-to-date information on passport requirements, so prospective applicants should always go to their site before submitting an application.

Online DS3053 notarization instructions

The DS3053 form may be notarized online in the same manner that any other legal document can. Here's how to digitally sign a DS3053:

• Discover a trustworthy virtual notary service that is registered to do notarizations in your state.

• You may use a virtual notary service to submit your DS3053 form.

• Show a picture ID issued by the government so they can check your credentials.

• Make a video call to a notary public.

• Electronically sign the DS3053 form in the presence of a notary public.

• The notary's signature and seal will be affixed to the document digitally.

• Have the DS3053 form notarized and save it on your computer.

Before starting with online notarization, verify that the requesting agency or institution recognizes the electronic notarization of DS3053 forms.


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