Applying for a child passport (minor passport) can be overwhelming and complicated. The child passport process has a few extra required forms, so please take your time and proceed carefully. If you need a passport in two weeks or less, we can help. Routine processing for a child passport is 4-6 weeks. If you need a minor passport faster (expedited), then we can make it happen. Please refer to our Child (Minor) Passport checklist for passports made in 2 weeks or less, even as fast as 24 hours.
The Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances is a form that is used if one of the parents or guardians is not available to give consent. You can submit Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances if you are the applying parent and you want to explain why the non-applying parent/guardian’s consent could not be obtained. The statement will explain in detail the circumstances as to why the non-applying parent or guardian is unavailable. The Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances will also need to state the efforts made to contact the non-applying parent or guardian. Evidence should be given, which may include custody orders, incarceration orders, or a restraining order. These documents will help for the Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances to be approved. For additional assistance on how to complete the DS-5525, please visit our helpful blog post How to Complete the DS-5525 Passport Form.
Applying for a Child Passport without the Parents or Guardians
If you are applying for a child passport without the parents or guardians present, you must have a notarized written statement or an affidavit from both parents or guardians. This statement must authorize the third party to apply for a minor’s passport.
Don’t let the complex child passport (minor passport) application process cause any delays to your trip. If you need a passport fast, we will work on your behalf to get the child passport in two weeks or less, even as fast as 24 hours. If you have any questions about the Form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances, please call or email us.