Form DS-3053, titled "Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16," is used by parents and guardians to provide consent for the issuance of a U.S. passport to a minor child under the age of 16. This form is typically required when one parent or guardian is unable to be present when the child applies for a passport. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to fill out Form DS-3053: **Step 1: Download the Form** Visit the official website of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy/Consulate where you intend to apply for the passport. Download the most current version of Form DS-3053. **Step 2: Fill in Applicant Information** Provide the child's information in the "Child's Information" section. This includes their full name, date of birth, place of birth, and the approximate date when their most recent U.S. passport was issued. **Step 3: Fill in Parent/Guardian Information** In the "Statement of Consent" section, provide the information of the parent or guardian who is providing consent. This includes their full name, date of birth, place of birth, and contact information. **Step 4: Statement of Consent** Read and complete the statement of consent, indicating that you give consent for the issuance of a passport to the minor child. The parent/guardian providing consent must sign and date this section. **Step 5: Notary Public** If the parent or guardian providing consent is not present with the child when applying for the passport, the form must be notarized. This means that you'll need to visit a notary public to have your signature on the form officially verified. The notary will complete the "Statement of Consent" section and affix their official seal. **Step 6: Supporting Documents** If applicable, you may need to provide supporting documents to accompany Form DS-3053. These documents can include a copy of the notary's seal, a copy of the front and back of the identification document presented to the notary, and any other required documents. **Step 7: Submit the Form** Attach Form DS-3053 and any required supporting documents to the application for the minor's U.S. passport. Submit the application package in person at an authorized U.S. passport acceptance facility, a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or by mail according to the instructions provided by the U.S. Department of State. **Important Notes:** - Carefully review the specific instructions provided on the DS-3053 form and the official U.S. Department of State website. - Ensure that all information is accurate and complete before submitting the form. - If both parents/guardians are available, it's often easier to apply for the minor's passport in person with both parents/guardians present to avoid the need for Form DS-3053. - Follow the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy/Consulate where you are applying for the passport. Remember that the information provided here is a general guide. Always refer to the official instructions on the form and the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date and accurate guidance.