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Old 04-30-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Minor Authorization Form

My husband's 5 year old son is going on a Dream Cruise with us. I want to be as safe as possible do we need to fill out the minor authorization form ?
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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My guess is it depends on circumstances. If your husband has sole legal custody, then no. If he has joint custody or is a noncustodial parent, then yes.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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The minor authorization form is used when you travel with a child who is not your child. Provided that your husband is going on the cruise, you do not need this form (you would need it if you took him without the dad or mom). Custody doesn't matter. As long as one parent is cruising, no form REQUIRED.

That said, any time one parent takes a child out of the country without the other parent is is a good idea to have a certified letter granting permission. Odds are that no one will ever look at the letter, but if there were questions asked, it is a "best practice." FWIW, we never had a question on leaving--the questions were asked occasionally on returning to the US (Customs agents sometimes questioned DD). That made NO sense to me if they were worried about abduction.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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I also have questions about all paperwork needed for taking kids out of the country. In January I will be taking my two cousins on the Fantasy, I know I need the minor authorization form for them. They live with their mom, I am not sure she has sole custody of them, but they do refuse to see their dad. Do we still need their dads' signature on the form? Also are there any other forms that we will need to get signed? Does Custom and Border Patrol have any forms that have been needed in the past?
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:40 AM   #5
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I also have questions about all paperwork needed for taking kids out of the country. In January I will be taking my two cousins on the Fantasy, I know I need the minor authorization form for them. They live with their mom, I am not sure she has sole custody of them, but they do refuse to see their dad. Do we still need their dads' signature on the form? Also are there any other forms that we will need to get signed? Does Custom and Border Patrol have any forms that have been needed in the past?
I can't say for sure, but I do know that for them to get passports, except in rare circumstances, both parents MUST be present and sign the paperwork. My hunch is that both parents would need to sign any other paperwork. Unfortunately, the Department of State isn't exactly clear on this. But you've got enough time to sort all this out; I wouldn't leave anything to chance.
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We will be taking my DD15 BFF on our cruises. I thought I have read that this form no longer needs to be notarized. Is this true?

Also, we will be sailing on a B2B, will I need two of these forms or will one be OK?

Thanks for your info!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:06 PM   #7
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I can't say for sure, but I do know that for them to get passports, except in rare circumstances, both parents MUST be present and sign the paperwork. My hunch is that both parents would need to sign any other paperwork. Unfortunately, the Department of State isn't exactly clear on this. But you've got enough time to sort all this out; I wouldn't leave anything to chance.
I'm not sure it's just in rare circumstances. They have a whole list on the passport website that reads like a list of "this, if not this then that, if not that then this other option, if not that option then etc etc", specifically for those who don't have one parent easily available to different extents.
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I also have questions about all paperwork needed for taking kids out of the country. In January I will be taking my two cousins on the Fantasy, I know I need the minor authorization form for them. They live with their mom, I am not sure she has sole custody of them, but they do refuse to see their dad. Do we still need their dads' signature on the form? Also are there any other forms that we will need to get signed? Does Custom and Border Patrol have any forms that have been needed in the past?
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I can't say for sure, but I do know that for them to get passports, except in rare circumstances, both parents MUST be present and sign the paperwork. My hunch is that both parents would need to sign any other paperwork. Unfortunately, the Department of State isn't exactly clear on this. But you've got enough time to sort all this out; I wouldn't leave anything to chance.
For what it's worth, I've done a couple of cruises with teen groups (in which none of them were even remotely related to me). Couldn't be easier. All DCL wanted was their minor authorization form with at least one parent signature. Now they don't even need it notarized. Hand it in at check-in, the make sure the name matches, and that's all there is to it.

There may be other issues for specific destinations - but for the caribbean/Mexico cruises, there was no problem at all.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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Take my niece and nephnew all the time just need the form doesn't need to be notarized
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:09 AM   #10
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We will be taking my DD15 BFF on our cruises. I thought I have read that this form no longer needs to be notarized. Is this true?

Also, we will be sailing on a B2B, will I need two of these forms or will one be OK?

Thanks for your info!!
This is true, no notarization needed. There is a minor form in the documents you will receive prior to the cruise. We took my nephew and his dad signed the form....no problems. Just be sure you have a certified birth certificate.

When going through customs, the agent did take his time questioning my DD13 (it was just she and I). I mean, he asked if I was her mom. Where is her dad. "Waiting outside." And then looked slowly over the docs. Then again, we have different last names, I kept my first husband's last name until my two son's moved onto college. I just changed it. Have to get a new passport now I had my hubby sign the minor form just in case. It stays in the booklet. No one asked for it but we had just cruised a year before..used the same pictures last year attached to our new KTTW cards.

Never hurts to just have it signed and filled out anyway.
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