Passports and Children in Custody Disputes

This page has information for parents:

  • In custody disputes, and
  • Who are concerned another parent will abduct their child to a foreign country

Enrolling in the Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program

Enrolling in the Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) helps prevent child abduction. We will alert you if your child has a pending U.S. passport application, or if your child received a U.S. passport.

  • Follow the steps to enroll on the CPIAP webpage, and send your request to the Office of Children's Issues.
  • Information about a child's passport is available to both parents unless a court ended the rights of the parent requesting to be in CPIAP.
  • We will alert you until your child turns age 18. 

Dual nationality for children

Your child may be a citizen of another country. Your child may become a national and get a passport for another country without approval of both U.S. citizen parents.

Enrolling in CPIAP does not stop your child from getting or traveling with a foreign passport. Contact the country's embassy or consulate if you are concerned about your child getting or using a foreign passport.

Getting your child's passport records

Parents or legal guardians may request their child's passport records. Follow the steps on our Get Copies of Passport Records page. 

Last Updated: April 4, 2024