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STATE RIN: 1400-AF10 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Passports: Requirements for Non-Applying Parents of Minor Applicants 

Pursuant to section 51.28 of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations, both parents or legal guardians of a U.S. applicant under 16 years old must appear in person to execute the minor’s passport application.  If one parent or legal guardian is unable to execute the minor’s application, such parent must provide a notarized statement/affidavit giving consent to the issuance of a U.S. passport to the minor.  The Department proposes to amend this section by allowing the non-applying parent to sign the statement of consent before a notary public or a passport agent at one of the public passport agency/center counters located within the United States.  This amendment will provide more flexibility for the non-applying parent, will improve the customer experience, and eliminate the added burden, time, and cost to the customer by providing this option as an alternative to obtaining a notarized statement. In addition, this rule proposes a revision to passport regulations to require the express parental consent from one parent for all unemancipated minor passport applicants 16 years of age and above. Implementing this policy change will allow the Department to address potentially dangerous travel by minors 16 years of age and above without parental knowledge, such as travel as a potential victim of abduction, trafficking, or becoming a runaway or foreign terrorist fighter.

Agency: Department of State(STATE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2651a    22 U.S.C. 211 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Karen Pizza
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Phone:202 344-5451