There are various forms of letters that require notarization for various purposes. These often render information trustworthy, render an action legal, and at times authenticate the will of parties concerned. The letters we notarize include, but are not limited to: Letters of appointment for foreign countries; consent to travel letters and documents; letters of invitation.
Consent to Travel Documents
Due to concern for the safety of children, if a child under the age of 18 is travelling without both parents, many governments request special documents that verify parental consent. A consent to travel letter must be presented to establish the awareness and permission of the parent(s) for a minor to cross international borders.
A consent to travel letter that is not notarized by a notary public may be denied due to the fact that they can be easily forged. This letter is one of other requirements that are specified by official authorities or airlines. The following scenarios are examples in which a notarized consent to travel document is recommended:
- Child Travelling With One Parent – If a minor is travelling with only one parent, the absent parent is expected to provide notarized consent.
- Child Travelling Alone or Without Either Parent – If a minor is traveling alone or is accompanied by an adult other than a parent, both parents (or the sole documented custodial parent) must provide notarized consent.
- Child Has Only One Parent – If a minor child has only one parent as evidenced by their birth certificate, a notarized copy of the birth certificate or the original will be sufficient proof allowing for travel.
The letter of consent to travel should include pertinent information with regards to persons involved, date of travel / return, airline, flight information, accompanying travelers, and any other necessary information. A Notary public will screen, verify and notarize such document once its content is authenticated.