You and your family are preparing for a trip abroad, and everything is planned down to the very last second. Your itinerary is color-coded with sights to see, places to go, and restaurants to try.
There’s only one problem: you assumed traveling with your 3-year old wouldn’t be a big deal.
You packed their birth certificate and penciled in an extra half-hour to clear customs at the airport. Traveling with children under the age of 18 is not so simple, however, and there are varying rules and requirements depending on the age of the child, their reason for traveling, and who they are traveling with.
Fortunately, Notarize exists to get your documents, like a minor travel consent form, squared away. Notarize your minor travel consent form now, or keep reading to learn about the notarization process and signer requirements for this document.
The United States, like many countries around the world, has rigid requirements for traveling with children. The minor travel consent form has become increasingly necessary because of the rise in instances of child abduction in custody cases, and a growing number of children who are the victims of trafficking.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), all U.S. citizens must show a valid passport if re-entering the country by air. This includes children of any age.
When flying within the U.S., or traveling internationally by land or sea, a child’s birth certificate will suffice most of the time. A notarized letter of consent will be required for children who travel without one or both of their parents or legal guardians. The letter of consent ensures the legitimacy of the travel consent offered by the accompanying adult.
With travel consent, children five years or older may fly without a parent or guardian so long as it is a direct fly with no connections. Children older than eight may travel alone on flights with connections.
By notarizing your document with Notarize, there is an added level of assurance that is especially valuable to globetrotters. Our notarizations are digitally signed and linked to a digital record, which ensures any travel company or foreign agency that your document is authentic. Because the notarization is digital, you don’t have to worry about losing a slip of paper. The letter of consent can be pulled up through the Notarize Verification Portal at any time, saving you from a difficult search for an overseas notary and putting your focus back on your vacation.
There is no standard-issue minor travel consent form. As you’ll see, you must capture the who, what, where, when, and why, with respect to the child’s travel, as well as contact information for the absentee parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Our minor travel consent document template covers common requirements and allows two legal guardians to sign, one child, and two witnesses. There are a wide range of scenarios that may apply to you and your family. Be sure to verify the documents you will need to travel through the CBP’s “Find and Answer” page, including your notarized minor consent to travel form.
Notarize works with your schedule, not the other way around. On average, getting your minor travel consent form notarized online takes less than eight minutes to complete. To get your minor travel consent form notarized, follow these steps:
Notarize is the first platform where you can get something notarized online using your iPhone, Android device, or personal computer. We can connect you to a notary public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the time or place, we always have notaries that are ready to notarize your minor travel consent form.
Whether your trip is a few months out or the night before, we’ve got your back on travel consent forms.