Tips for Traveling with Minors 2013

May 28, 2013

Since summer is on the horizon and we as parents are planning our vacations in earnest I thought this would be a good time to discuss some of the documentation needed when we find ourselves traveling with children.

Here are some of the recommendations set forth by the U. S. State Department when traveling with minors (under 18).  These more stringent requirements are designed to protect children from kidnapping and international custody disputes.  Following these rules will ensure that your vacation will not be waylaid at airports or borders.

Passports:  A requirement for international travel – Children (under 16) and both parents must appear in person to apply.  You must present your child’s original birth certificate and parents must provide a legal photo ID (i.e. a driver’s license or passport).  If one parent is unable to appear in person a notarized 3053 form must be presented at time of appointment signed by the parent not in attendance.

Parental Consent Forms:  This is an often overlooked requirement.  To exit the U.S. or enter most foreign countries each child under the age of 18 traveling without one or both parents must carry a Permission to Travel letter completed by any parent(s) or guardian(s) not traveling with the child and this letter must be notarized.

Medical Treatment Authorization:  This is not a requirement but a very good idea – especially for children traveling without one parent and/or who don’t share the same last name as the parent or guardian they are traveling with.  This documentation should be notarized as well.

Additional Tips:

·        Use black ink when filling out forms.

·        It is always a good idea to carry one set of documents with you and leave one at home.

·        If you are running short on time, I carry these forms with me at all times, so give me a call and I’ll be happy to help!

*More detailed information on traveling with minors can be found on the web – or check out these links below to research and print out your travel forms.

Wishing you safe and blessed journeys!

Camille Leonardo

Meridian Mobile Notary 

(562) 822-6783