DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances

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To say that applying for a passport for a child is complicated can be something of an understatement. In addition to the normal process you would go through to get a passport, this process also requires you to fill out a few additional forms. One of them is DS-5525, which is otherwise known as the “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances.”

What is DS-5525?

DS-5525 is the Statement of Exigent and Special Family Circumstances form that you fill out in order to obtain an expedited or routine passport for a child or other minor if one of the child’s parents or legal guardians is not available to give their consent. In essence, it provides relevant parties with all necessary context to determine whether or not the request for a child’s passport has been made in good faith.

The statement that you write on the form will outline a number of important details, including why the non-applying parent or guardian is not available to give their consent, along with information about any and all attempts that you made to contact that person before turning to form DS-5525.

It is important to note that any other physical evidence that you can submit along with your DS-5525 form will be incredibly valuable during this time. You can include copies of a custody order, for example, a restraining order proving that one of the guardians is not allowed within a certain proximity of the other or even an incarceration order proving that the non-applying guardian is in jail and is therefore unavailable to give consent.

In addition to this form, you will also need to go through the other standard process of applying for a passport which includes providing proof of identity, a passport style photo for the minor and more.

When is Form DS-5525 Needed?

There are a few circumstances when this is needed. This will be needed if:

  • The passport is for a minor who is under the age of 16
  • There is a time constraint that requires the passport to be granted quicker than in normal circumstances
  • In order for this form to be used, the exigent circumstance needs to pertain to the health or welfare of the child if the passport is not granted on an expedited basis.
  • The notarized and written consent of the custodial parent cannot be obtained
  • This form will need to be signed by the other parent or legal guardian of the minor.

How to Submit a DS-5525 Application?

Form DS-5525 will be submitted along with all of the other material’s in the child or minor’s passport application in order to help facilitate processing. Note that if you find that your trip is coming up fast and you need the minor’s passport in hand sooner rather than later, you can always choose to go to a passport expediting facility. Instead of six to eight weeks processing like you would have under normal circumstances, these organizations can have that passport in your hand in as little as 24 hours in many cases.

Additional Information When Filling out the DS-5525 Application Form

  • Downloading this form and printing it out is the easiest way to fill it out.
  • Have passport photos taken and ready for the passport as this will speed along the process.
  • Have all other forms filled out and ready to go. This will make the process simpler as well.
  • Print out a travel itinerary. This will aid in obtaining the passport.
  • Be prepared for questions and inquiries. There may be questions about different aspects of the form and the form will not be accepted until these are taken care of appropriately.
  • If the information provided is not accurate or is simply incomplete, this will cause the form to be rejected and the passport application will be denied.
  • If there are any questions while filling out this form, then the National Passport Information Center should be contacted.