For a minor under the age of eighteen to travel outside of the United States without both parents or legal guardians, a notarized Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel must be obtained and presented to immigration officials upon departure and return to the United States.
Failure to present an Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel may result in officials refusing to allow the minor to leave the country. An Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel is also referred to as a Child Travel Consent form, a Minor Consent Form or a Travel Affidavit for Minor.
The minor must complete and sign the appropriate sections of the Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel in front of a Notary Public, and carry the notarized document at all times. It is recommended that you also carry Divorce Affidavits, Custody Affidavits, Affidavits of Death Certificates, Affidavits of Birth Certificates, and any other supporting affidavit forms when entering or departing the United States.
When filling out an Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel you need to add the following:
• Your full name swearing custody or permisssion for the child to travel abroad
• The child’s full name
• Dates of travel
• Your destination
Remember, the Affidavit Authorization for Minor to Travel must be signed and sworn in the presence of a Notary Public for it to be accepted and legal. Make sure that you bring the minor’s birth certificate or drivers license for identification to the Notary.