Minor (Child) Travel Consent Form

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Updated September 22, 2021

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 common when the child is traveling alone. It’s preferred to have the consent form signed by both parents, although one (1) is sufficient.

  • Domestic Travel – A minor that is traveling alone by plane may get questioned by the TSA. Therefore, they must have some identification as well as a letter, although this is not required as children are allowed to fly alone.
  • International Travel – A minor that is traveling alone, with a non-parent/guardian, or with one (1) parent may have to present a parental consent form to leave the country and to be accepted by immigration authorities in the visiting country. Recommended having the consent be notarized by attaching the notary acknowledgment form.

When to Use

A minor child travel consent form is recommended for use by domestic or international travel for:

  • Child traveling alone
  • Single parent
  • Relative or friend
  • Organization or group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can a child travel with one (1) parent under USA law?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommends if a child is traveling with one (1) 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 five (5) years old to travel without a parent or guardian. This must be for a direct flight, with no connections.

Children eight (8) years old and older may fly with connections and be escorted by airline personnel to their gate. It’s recommended all minors under the age of eighteen (18) years old 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, then a minor child power of attorney form should be authorized.

(Video) What is a Minor (Child) Travel Consent Form?

How to Write

Download: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt)

1 – You Must Download The Consent Form Directly From This Page

Download the template displayed in the preview as a PDF or word processing file. Generally, it’s recommended that you open this file with a program that allows you to enter information on the screen so that you may print a finished document for the execution. If your machine does not have such software, then access this template as a PDF file using the browser you opened this page with and print it directly from the screen.

2 – Name The Parent(s) Or Guardian(s) And Identify The Concerned Minor(s)

Once you have opened this file (as a PDF, Word, or ODT file) or printed it for preparation, locate the section labeled “I. Parent(s).” The statement here will act as a declaration from the Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of the traveling minor. Enter or print the full name of each Parent and/or Guardian of the child on this line. Each Parent or Guardian responsible for the minor(s) we identify must have their name on this line. The next area, titled “II. The Minor,” will also seek some information. Here, we will provide details to identify the Minor(s) this consent document will apply to. Begin by reporting the full name of the Minor that will travel. If more than one child requires this consent, you may either list them all in this area by adding more blank lines to accommodate them, record each one on an attachment, or issue a separate form for each child. The next piece of information required by this template to identify the Minor is their birth date. Produce the Minor’s “Date Of Birth” on the next blank space.

Record the place of birth of the Minor as it appears on their birth certificate on the “Place Of Birth” line. In some cases, the Minor may have a passport, especially if the subject of this form is international travel. If the Minor has a passport, then produce the Minor’s “Passport Number” on the fourth empty line. Such information should be supplemented by recording the Minor’s “Country Of Issuance,” “Date Of Issuance,” and “Date Of Expiration” in the next three spaces.

3 – Set The Permissible Conditions Of Travel For The Minor

The third section, “III. Traveling Alone/Accompanying Person,” will be the first area where the Parent/Guardian discusses the travel arrangements allowed for the Minor. You must select one of two checkbox statements to indicate whether the Minor will be allowed to travel alone or only with an individual you name. If the Minor is traveling alone, then mark the first checkbox. If the Minor is only allowed to travel with a specific individual, you must leave the first checkbox blank, select the second checkbox, and record the identity of such party. Two blank spaces have been provided for this purpose in this selection. The full name of the person or entity (i.e., a school) in charge of the Minor when traveling should be recorded on the blank line labeled “Individual/Organization Name.” Then, report the nature of the relationship this party holds with the Minor on the “Relationship To Child (If Applicable)” line (i.e., “Cousin,” “Teacher,” etc.). If the party accompanying the Minor has a passport, then continue reporting on them by documenting their passport number on the line labeled “U.S. Or Foreign Passport Number (If Applicable)” along with the Passport’s “Country Of Issuance,” “Date Of Issuance,” and “Date Of Expiration.” The next task requires detail on when and where the Minor can travel. To begin, locate the first blank space in the statement under the heading “IV. Itinerary.” Report the destination where the Minor will be expected to arrive in this space. Now, on the two blank spaces after the words “…Period Beginning On,” fill in the first calendar date when the Minor will begin traveling. This action should be completed by entering the first month and calendar day on the first empty space and the corresponding year on the second space. The last two spaces in this statement require the last calendar date of travel for the Minor. Report the date when the Minor is expected to arrive at home from traveling using these two blank spaces.  

4 – Formally Execute This Document By Signing It

The final section of this document, “V. Signature(s),” will require the participation of each Parent and/or Guardian listed in the first section. Two signature areas have been included in this section so that this requirement may be fulfilled. Each Parent or Guardian must sign their name on the line labeled “Parent/Legal Guardian Signature.” Once the signature line has been satisfied, each Parent or Guardian must report the current calendar date on the line labeled “Date.”Finally, the signature party must print their name on the line “Full Name.”