Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program
If you have imminent concerns about international parental child abduction and wish to speak to someone about protecting your child(ren) please call us immediately at 888-407-4747 or email us at PreventAbduction@state.gov
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 the CPIAP, the program allows the Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues to contact the requesting parent(s) to verify whether the parental consent requirement for minors has been met.
Along with your CPIAP request, you must submit proof of your legal relationship to the child. Such evidence may include a copy of the child’s birth certificate or other proof of parentage; for example, a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction granting you custodial rights or legal guardianship over the child. Failure to provide proof of parental relationship may result in passport issuance to your child without your consent or notification.
Additionally, requests for enrollment into the CPIAP can also be submitted by law enforcement or a court, or someone acting on behalf of a parent, such as an attorney, a member of Congress, or another family member. Please note, however, that privacy laws and regulations may limit who may be notified upon receipt of a passport application.
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 your contact information, legal representation, and any court orders involving the child. 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.
To update information with our office, please send us an email to PreventAbduction@state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747.
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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