Minor (Child) Travel Consent Form

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Updated October 24, 2022

A child travel consent form can be used for any minor that has permission from their parent or legal guardian for domestic or international travel with an individual, group, or organization. In addition, this is also commonly used when the child is traveling alone. It’s preferred to have the consent form signed by both parents, although one is sufficient.

Types of Travel (2)

  • Domestic Travel – Minor traveling without both parents may require a travel consent form to present to the TSA.
  • International Travel – Minor traveling without both parents may require a travel consent form to be accepted by immigration authorities in the visiting country.

When to Use

A minor child travel consent form is used when a minor child is traveling:

  • Alone
  • With another relative or friend
  • With an organization or group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can a child travel with one parent under US law?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommends if a child is traveling with one parent, especially if the parents are divorced, to carry a note from the other parent stating their consent to the trip. The note can be as simple as the following:

“I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my/our permission to do so.”

In addition, it’s highly recommended to have the note or consent notarized.

How old does a child have to be to travel alone?

A child must be at least 5 years old to travel without a parent or guardian. This must be for a direct flight, with no connections.

Children 8 years and older may fly with connections and be escorted by airline personnel to their gate. It’s recommended all minors under the age of 18 carry a travel consent form.

Does a travel consent form include medical decisions?

A minor travel consent form does not include permission to make medical decisions on behalf of the child. If the consenting parent or guardian would like to hand over those rights, a minor child power of attorney form should be authorized.

Sample

MINOR (CHILD) TRAVEL CONSENT

 I. THE PARENT(S).

I/We, [PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S) NAME], am/are the lawful custodial parent(s) and/or non-custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of:

 II. THE MINOR.

Full Name: [MINOR’S NAME]
Date of Birth: [DOB]
Place of Birth: [LOCATION]
Passport Number (if applicable): [9 DIGITS]

  • Country of Issuance: [COUNTRY]
  • Date Issuance: [DATE]
  • Date of Expiration: [DATE]

III. TRAVELING ALONE/ACCOMPANYING PERSON. (check one)

– I authorize my child to travel alone.

– I authorize my child to travel with the following individual/organization:

  • Individual/Organization Name: [FULL NAME]
  • Relationship to Child (if applicable): [RELATIONSHIP]
  • U.S. or Foreign Passport Number (if applicable): [9 DIGITS]
    • Country of Issuance: [COUNTRY]
    • Date Issuance: [DATE]
    • Date of Expiration: [DATE]

IV. ITINERARY.

I authorize my child to travel to the following location [LOCATION] during the period beginning on [START DATE], and ending on [END DATE].

V. SIGNATURE(S).

Parent / Legal Guardian Signature: ________________________ Date: ______________
Print Name: _______________________

Parent / Legal Guardian Signature: ________________________ Date: ______________
Print Name: _______________________