Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program
Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction. If a passport application is submitted for a child who is enrolled in CPIAP, the Department attempts to alert the parent or parents to verify whether the parents approve passport issuance.
Please note that this program does not apply to foreign passports and the United States does not have exit controls. U.S law enforcement generally will not act to prevent a child from leaving the country unless there is a court order clearly prohibiting the removal of the child from the United States. If you are concerned about abduction, you should speak with your attorney about ways in which the court may assist in your prevention efforts.
Learn more about the Passport Issuance Alert Program by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.
NOTE: It is very important that you keep us informed in writing of any changes to contact information and legal representation. We make every attempt to reach parents, but without current contact information this can be difficult if not impossible. Failure to notify us of a current address may therefore result in the Department issuing your child a passport without notice to you and/or your consent. The Department can rarely revoke a U.S. passport in this situation.
Complete Entry Request Form
Select from either printing a blank form to fill out by hand or filling out the form online and then printing the completed form.
Download the form and print on one-sided pages using black ink. Legibly complete the form by hand using black ink. Make sure all information included in the form is complete and correct.
Answer all required questions and confirm all information is complete and correct before printing. Print completed form on one-sided pages using black ink.
Collect Supporting Documentation
Along with your entry request form, you'll need to provide supporting documentation that proves your identity and gives evidence that you are the child's parent or legal guardian.
Proof of your identity:
- your driver's license
- your passport
- other form of photo identification with signature
Evidence that you are a parent or legal guardian:
- hospital-issued birth certificate
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- current custody/guardianship court order(s)
- evidence of authority to act on behalf of parent or legal custodian
- adoption certificate
Submit Form & Documentation
We strongly encourage you to e-mail your documents to the Office of Children's Issues' Prevention Branch.
Our full contact information is:
U.S. Department of State
Overseas Citizen Services, Office of Children's Issues
Attn: Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program
SA-17, 9th Floor
2201 "C" Street NW
Washington, DC, 20522
Parents may register their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction. If a passport application is submitted for a child who is registered in CPIAP, the Department alerts the parent or parents. This program provides parents advance warning of possible plans for international travel with the child.
Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
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Do not Attempt
We strongly discourage trying to take your child and bring him or her back home because this could:
- Endanger your child and others;
- Have a negative effect on any future legal action you might wish to take in that country;
- Result in your arrest and imprisonment in a foreign country where you are subject to local laws.
If you do succeed in leaving the foreign country with your child, you and anyone who assisted you may be the target of arrest warrants and extradition requests in the United States or any other country where you are found.