- July 25, 2023

Consent to Travel Letters: A Vital Document for Unaccompanied Minors’ Journey – A Walk-In Notary Solution

Travelling is an exciting opportunity for children to explore the world, experience new cultures, and create lifelong memories. However, ensuring their safety and adhering to the rules and regulations of travel is paramount. This is where consent to travel letters come into play.

What is a Consent to Travel Letter?

A consent to travel letter, often referred to as a child travel consent form, is a legal document that allows a minor child to travel when both parents are not travelling with the child, such as when a child travels with only one parent or legal guardians or with an adult that is not their parent or legal guardian. This letter demonstrates that the parents or guardians have given their approval for the child to travel. It typically includes information about the child, details of the trip, the presence or absence of parents, and emergency contact details.

The Importance of a Consent to Travel Letter

The consent to travel letter serves several essential functions:

  1. Safety: The letter acts as a safety measure against child abduction and trafficking. By requiring this documentation, authorities can better ensure that the child has not been unlawfully removed from their home.
  2. Smoother travel: This document helps to streamline travel processes at border crossings and immigration checks. By presenting a consent to travel letter, authorities can quickly confirm the child’s permission to travel, thus minimizing unnecessary delays.
  3. Legal requirement: In some cases, this letter is a legal necessity. Several countries require a consent to travel letter for unaccompanied minors or children travelling with one parent, thereby ensuring the legality of the child’s travel.

Walk-In Notary: Your Consent to Travel Letter Solution

At Walk-In Notary, we understand the crucial role that a consent to travel letter plays in ensuring your child’s safe and legal journey. To assist you in this process, we offer two essential services:

  1. Drafting the Consent to Travel Letter: If you are uncertain about the contents of the letter or how to format it correctly, our experienced team can draft the letter for you. We ensure that it meets all the necessary requirements and is tailored to your specific situation.
  2. Notarizing the Consent to Travel Letter: If you have drafted your letter or have a pre-filled form, we can provide our notary services to authenticate the document. By notarizing the letter, we add an extra layer of security and authenticity by creating evidence that the child’s parent(s) did in fact sign the letter.

Our Process and How It Works

Please note that consent to travel letters must be notarized in person at our offices – they cannot be done online due to the crucial identity verification process. However, to save you time, you can submit the content for the letter online to the specific Walk-In Notary location you intend to visit. This way, our notary can prepare the letter in advance of your attendance at our office. If you don’t have time to do this, it’s ok, our notaries are pretty quick at drafting these letters on the spot – so just walk in!

Once your letter is drafted or your form is filled, simply walk into our office and one of our notaries will verify the information, confirm identities, and notarize the document. We are dedicated to making the process as smooth and time-efficient as possible while ensuring your child’s safe and legal journey.

Whether you’re unsure about the process or need professional assistance in drafting or notarizing a consent to travel letter, Walk-In Notary is here to help. Take the stress out of preparing for your child’s journey with our expert services. Contact us today or visit our office to get started. Safe travels!


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