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Are there programs that will prevent a passport from being issued for a child without parental consent?
The Department of State's Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) works to prevent international parental child abduction. The program allows parents to register their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Department’s Passport Lookout System. If a passport application is submitted for a child who is registered in CPIAP, the Department contacts and alerts the parent or parents. The passport lookout system gives all U.S. passport agencies as well as U.S. embassies and consulates abroad an alert on a child’s name if a parent or guardian registers an objection to passport issuance for his or her child. This procedure provides parents advance warning of possible plans for international travel with the child.
To learn more or to enter a child into CPIAP, see the CPIAP Web site.
Last Updated: 6/24/2013
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