Notices

Parental Authorization Form?

Old Jul 5th, 2006, 08:05 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 38
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Parental Authorization Form?

Well, I'm leaving for Italy one month from today!!! I am going alone with my 10 year-old son. We have only been out of the Country when going to Canada or on cruises to Mexico and the Carribean. For these trips I have a notarized letter from his father generally allowing be to take him out of the Country (it is about 3-4 years old.)

I have read that such letters should be specific as to dates and places. Should I get a new letter from him? Does it need to be specific? Is there a preferred format? Has anyone ever been asked to produce this type of documentation?
jrmama496 is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 08:25 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,114
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, get an updated letter of authorization done.

We always include the flight details, specific dates and countries we will be visiting, as well as permission to make all necessary medical decisions. And, yes....get it notarized. You may never be asked for it, but it's best to have it in case you are.
Statia is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 09:04 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Everything our dear Statia stated, make sure it is very specific to your travel dates, flights to be taken, etc. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just state all the facts and get it notarized.

That was good advice also Statia, regarding 'permission to treat' in the case medical attention is needed. You are such a smartie!


Have a fun journey jrmama4969!
Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 09:12 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 336
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've traveled a lot between Canada, the U.S., and Europe without my husband and with our seven year old son. I travel on a Canadian passport and my son on a U.S. passport. I've been asked at every manned border crossing for the letter for the last six years. The current letter we have is a Special Power Of Attorney allowing me to cross all international borders and "to do all acts necessary or desirable for maintaining the health and welfare of my child while traveling outside of the United States to all international destinations." We got this from the military legal office, had it notorized, and I've never had a problem at a border. This POA is valid for 3 years. We've also traveled with just a notorized letter from my husband and didn't have problems with that either.

If you have trouble finding something that works for you, email me at [email protected] and I'll send you a copy of this one.
sardog10 is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:08 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 38
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Does it have to be so specific? That would mean I need a new letter every time I travel with him. Does anyone know where I can find the exact requirements?
jrmama496 is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:17 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 336
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
None of the letters I've used have been specific other than to specify "all international borders". We've had them be valid for between one and three years. So far it's been okay for Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
sardog10 is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:30 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
How specific it is jrmama, would probably depend on what your son's father wishes to state on the letter.

As you have seen from the above, he can either have a notarized letter for each individual trip, or as sardog10 states, they have used a 'blanket' letter covering a 1-3 year period.

His choice, just as if he was traveling out of the country with your son you could draw up the letter in the format of your choosing.
Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:34 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
This website may be helpful:
www.aa.com/children
Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:40 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 36
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You can also go to www.ilrg.com/forms (don't know why this is duplicating when I preview - sorry!)and search for travel authorization for minor. An attorney suggested the site to me. You can just copy and paste the info into a word document and make the changes you need. We're using this for a child we're taking with us overseas this month.
Lynaenovo is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:45 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sardog graciously offered to send a copy of the letter they have used.

I will also ad this example for you:
http://www.all-travel.com/form_minor.html

Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:46 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
tying too fast there, that should read "add" not "ad"

Hopefully you will be all set, jrmama, have a wonderful time in bella Italia!
Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 12:47 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh good grief, Tiff... "tying"

Forget it, lol, you get my drift.
Tiff is offline  
Old Jul 5th, 2006, 01:47 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,183
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
guess I'd better bookmark this considering I'll be going to Europe alone with my two 12 year olds. It never occurred to me when I travelled in 1998 with my then 8 year old. Was that a big risk or is this all new now?

Should my husband have a form like this when leaving the country with our 17 year old???

sigh - one more thing to do (but a worthwhile one I admit!)
kwren is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
PSCSB
Canada
7
Dec 11th, 2007 09:23 AM
marg102469
Caribbean Islands
4
Feb 27th, 2006 01:22 PM
havkhones
United States
17
Jan 9th, 2003 11:07 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO