I am answering this base on an assumption that your child is under the age of 16. You probably need to establish custody, assuming that you are not married. You would have to submit primary evidence that you have sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following: 1)the minor's birth certificate listing only the applying parent; 2) a court order granting sole custody to the applying parent, an adoption decree if the applying parent is the sole adopting parent, 4)a court order specifically permitting you to apply for the permit, 5) a judicial declaration of the incompetence of the non-applying parent or 6) the death certificate of the non-applying parent. Otherwise, you need to submit form DS-3053, explaining why the non-applying parent's consent cannot be obtained. Here is a link to a website that will provide you with more information: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/minors/minors_834.html. Good luck to you - Pam Makowski; www.makowskilaw.com
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