Consent to Travel

Notarizing Letters

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.

Notarization of the Consent to Travel Document

A consent to travel is a document for when a child that has not yet reached the age of 18 is traveling without one or both parents. This document is required to support the entry of the child into another country. If you have more than one of your
children traveling you can include all of them in one document. In the case where the child is traveling with one parent, the parent that is traveling with the child does not have to appear for the notarization process. The only person that needs to appear is the one giving consent. Therefore in the case where the child is traveling without both parents, both parents must appear to give consent.

Do the Children Traveling and the Person they are Traveling with Need to be Present for the Notarization Process?

No, the child and the person they are traveling with (assuming they are not traveling alone) do not need to appear. Similarly if the child (or children) is traveling alone, he or she does not need to be present.

What Should I Bring with me?

For when a child is traveling with one parent the non- traveling parent should attend the appointment and bring the completed but NOT signed consent to travel letter and a valid government issued piece of photo identification. For when a child is traveling alone (without both parents) both parents must attend the appointment and bring the completed but NOT signed consent to travel letter and BOTH parents must also bring a valid government issued piece of photo identification.

The Notarization Process

The notarization process itself is not long or complicated. Our experienced notaries public will go over the Consent to Travel Letter with you to ensure that it is completed properly and that you are aware of what it entails. After this they will verify your identity as well as your willingness to sign the documentation. Once all these steps are completed the notary will watch you sign the documentation permitting your child to travel abroad and then affix a notarial certificate, which attests to the execution of the document.

With years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers we are one of the most experienced and reputable notaries in Toronto and the GTA. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and one of our qualified experts will be ready for any questions you may have.