PASSPORT ASSISTANCE TO PARENTS
Parents involved in international custody disputes may receive information
about the United States passport of a minor from the Department of State,
Passport Services - address below. Either parent may request information
about their child's US passport. The request must be in writing, and may
sent by mail or by FAX. Provide the child's full name and date and place
birth and the requesting parent's address, phone number and signature.
If a parent fears that a child might be taken abroad by the other parent
without the mutual consent of both parents, the child's name can be put
the US passport namecheck system. Then, if an application is received, the
requesting parent will be informed before issuance of the passport.
When there is a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction which
either grants a parent sole custody, or which, in effect, forbids the child's
travel without the consent of both parents or the court, and the order is
provided to Passport Services, a U.S. passport may be denied.
Passport information may NOT be provided about the other parent.
Requests and, if relevant, court orders should be sent to:
1111-19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20524
Phone: (202) 955-0231
Fax: (202) 955-0230
This process does not apply to foreign passports. A child who has or may
the citizenship of another country (which could happen if one parent has
foreign nationality) may be eligible to hold, or be included in, a foreign
passport in addition to a U.S. passport. The concerned parent may contact
embassy of the other nationality for information and assistance.