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Can Ex Apply for Kids' Passports Without My Permission?

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 22 Jul 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

Can my ex-partner apply for my 3 children's passports without my permission? They are aged 4, 5 and 6 years.
Concerned dad.

(S.J, 4 May 2009)

A.

When you split from your partner it is easy to feel very helpless and as though you lack influence on your children’s lives. When you have gone from being involved daily to seeing her making decisions without your consent, it can seem unfair. It is natural to question whether she is legally able to take these steps without consulting you.

You do not say whether you have parental responsibility for your children. Parental responsibility is automatically granted if you were married to the children’s mother at the time of birth or if you jointly registered the birth. If neither of these apply, you are still able to apply for parental responsibility through the courts to make sure that you are involved in their upbringing. (For more information, see our article on Your Separated Father's Rights.)

Here's some more information about your children's passports when you are separated:

Who can apply for a passport?

Either parent can apply for a passport for their child, unless an objection has been lodged at a United Kingdom Identity and Passport Service office.

A child under the age of 16 must have permission from a person with PR for them.

If you are separated but still married, either parent can give permission for a child to have a passport.

If you are divorced, but were married at the time of or after the child's birth, either parent can give permission for a child to have a passport, unless there is a court order about PR or preventing the child from having a passport. If this is the case, you should send a copy of the relevant court order with your application.

If you are not and were never married to the mother of your child, only she can give permission for the child to have a passport, unless:

  1. You have PR, either through a Parental Responsibility Agreement or by order of the court
  2. You are named as the father on the birth certificate and your child was born after 01 December 2003

Can I get a passport for my child if I don't have parental responsibility?

If you do not have PR, you will need the consent and cooperation of the child's mother if you are to obtain a passport for your child.

If the child's mother does not consent, she can lodge an objection of her own volition and if the child has already had a passport issued in his or her name, it will be recovered by order of the court and not returned unless or until the court considers it appropriate.

In what circumstances can the passport office refuse to issue my child with a passport?

An objector can ask the passport office not to issue a child with a passport if:
  1. A Prohibited Steps Order has been made
  2. The objector has had a residence order made in their favour
  3. A court order has been made stating that in order for another party to remove the child from England and Wales, the objector's consent is required
  4. There is an order requiring that the passport is surrendered to the court
  5. There is a court order preventing the passport office from issuing or re-issuing the child with a passport
  6. There is an order preventing the child from being taken outside of the jurisdiction (England and Wales)

I have parental responsibility - what do I need to do next?

If you have PR for your child and no objection has been lodged at court regarding your passport application, you must send any court order dealing with your PR alongside your application form.

If your child is currently registered on another passport, i.e. your passport or his/her mother's passport, their details will need to be officially removed from them.

You should also note that if the child's mother has already applied for a passport for your child, and it has in fact been issued, even if you have PR, you will not be able to apply for another passport for your child.

Find out more...

Read on to find out more about when your ex might want to move children abroad or to take them on holiday.

Check out the Separated Dads Forum... It's a great resource where you can ask for advice on topics including Child Access, Maintenance, CAFCASS, Fathers Rights, Court, Behaviour or simply to have a chat with other dads.

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Joe - Your Question:
I’m divorced from my husband I asked him to sign an Irish passport for our 13 year old son he is refusing what can I do

Our Response:
Your only option would be to apply to court, please see link here.
SeparatedDads - 23-Jul-18 @ 12:40 PM
I’m divorced from my husband I asked him to sign an Irish passport for our 13 year old son he is refusing what can I do
Joe - 22-Jul-18 @ 2:54 PM
My son has lived with me from 5 weeks old he has not seen his mum In 4 years because she can't be bothered I have residence order what do I do to get him a passport he is now 9 years old ty
Sweet - 18-Jul-18 @ 12:25 PM
Hi I have my daughter's pass port but my ex partner keeps threatening to take my daughter.He's on the birth certificate to my knolaged he has no copies of it can be apply for another pass port with out me knowing ?
K - 16-Jul-18 @ 9:11 PM
Em - Your Question:
Hi, me and my partner want to take his kids to Disneyland Paris for a weekend but we don’t have their passports and she is refusing to give us it. They’ve never been to court but have an arrangement about access, he has them 5 days 1 week, 2 the next so on so on, my point being that she is happy for them to be with him any other time.One of this kids doesn’t have a passport can he just apply for first one her as her father and have it sent to our house? and how do we get the other one?, can he apply for a new one or get her existing one cancelled and get a new one? She is completely unreasonable and we don’t have lots of money to spend on going to court and we want to go away at end of August.Any help would be great. Thanks

Our Response:
Unfortunately, mediation or court are the only options if your partner's ex will not agree, please see link here . If your partner cannot afford legal representation, he can self-litigate, please see link here. However, your partner would need to give as much time as possible, as it takes time to come to court. Your partner may wish to seek legal advice.
SeparatedDads - 19-Jun-18 @ 10:04 AM
Hi, me and my partner want to take his kids to Disneyland Paris for a weekend but we don’t have their passports and she is refusing to give us it. They’ve never been to court but have an arrangement about access, he has them 5 days 1 week, 2 the next so on so on, my point being that she is happy for them to be with him any other time. One of this kids doesn’t have a passport can he just apply for first one her as her father and have it sent to our house?. and how do we get the other one?, can he apply for a new one or get her existing one cancelled and get a new one?. She is completely unreasonable and we don’t have lots of money to spend on going to court and we want to go away at end of August. Any help would be great. Thanks
Em - 18-Jun-18 @ 11:52 AM
Good evening... My 9 year old son lives with me. I have P/R do I need his mothers birth certificate to apply for his passport... Thanks
Bing - 5-Jun-18 @ 10:58 PM
Fay- Your Question:
Hi, my partner's ex wife keeps with holding his son's passport despite it being written in a court order that she is not allowed to do so. Every time we try and go abroad it is a battle to get it from her, she uses it as leverage e.g' if you don't have him an extra night you can't have it'. It is due for renewal as it has expired, she said only she could apply so naively my partner has given her the money to renew it and for the photos and she is still refusing to do it despite agreeing initially for us to take him on holiday. Who has the right to hold the passport? If we do manage to get her to renew it and give it us to go away do we have to give it back? What is the process of having it being held at solicitors if she objects when we refuse to return it?

Our Response:
If there is a court order in place and your partner's ex continues to breach the order, please see link here .
SeparatedDads - 1-Jun-18 @ 2:56 PM
Hi, my partner's ex wife keeps with holding his son's passport despite it being written in a court order that she is not allowed to do so. Every time we try and go abroad it is a battle to get it from her, she uses it as leverage e.g' if you don't have him an extra night you can't have it'. It is due for renewal as it has expired, she said only she could apply so naively my partner has given her the money to renew it and for the photos and she is still refusing to do it despite agreeing initially for us to take him on holiday. Who has the right to hold the passport? If we do manage to get her to renew it and give it us to go away do we have to give it back? What is the process of having it being held at solicitors if she objects when we refuse to return it?
Fay - 30-May-18 @ 4:50 PM
my sons father has got my sons passport with out my knowing about it, we was never married and are both on the birth certificate. do i not have to sign the forms? also can he just do this with out me knowing about it?
dd - 26-May-18 @ 10:48 AM
Hi my name ramandip I have one child 4year old my marriage not registered here after my baby birth my husband separate now can I apply passports without him permission. He never come meet my son ND I have idea where live him
R kaur - 25-May-18 @ 2:59 PM
Sucrinha - Your Question:
Hi. I need help. I split from my partner and now he’s holding my sons passport. He was the one that sign the first time and I know he won’t give me the passport back and he will not sign the form again. There is no way we can agree with this issue. What can I do to have my sons passport without asking him anything? Can I apply without his signature?

Our Response:
You would have to apply to court if your child's father refuses and will not attend mediation (as a way of trying to resolve the matter outside court). Pease see link here and here.
SeparatedDads - 24-May-18 @ 2:03 PM
Hi. I need help. I split from my partner and now he’s holding my sons passport. He was the one that sign the first time and I know he won’t give me the passport back and he will not sign the form again. There is no way we can agree with this issue. What can I do to have my sons passport without asking him anything? Can I apply without his signature?
Sucrinha - 22-May-18 @ 7:36 PM
Luciana- Your Question:
Hi, my son is 10years old, and his father has his name on the birth certificate but he always refused to do my sons passport, I went to court and for the PR, can I now apply for my sons passport having his fathers name on birth certificate? Thank you

Our Response:
You can see more about applying for the passport and what you need via the link here. In addition, you must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for a child or from a court before taking the child abroad, please see link here .
SeparatedDads - 15-May-18 @ 2:06 PM
Hi, my son is 10years old, and his father has his name on the birth certificate but he always refused to do my sons passport, I went to court and for the PR, can I now apply for my sons passport having his fathers name on birth certificate? Thank you
Luciana - 14-May-18 @ 9:19 PM
Heather- Your Question:
Hi I have a passport for my son which I applied for with his mother's consent, I also have parental responsibility as I am on birth certificate,do I have the legal right to hold this passport?

Our Response:
Much depends upon why you are holding the passport. If you are holding the passport in order to prevent your child's mother from taking her outside the country (i.e for a holiday), then your ex can apply to court to have the passport released. The child can only have one passport and if you are holding it, then you are preventing the other parent from leaving the country, in which case who holds the passport would be up to the court to decide (if you both cannot decide through mediation which should be your next consideration if you as parents cannot agree).
SeparatedDads - 10-May-18 @ 10:44 AM
Hi I have a passport for my son which I applied for with his mother's consent, I also have parental responsibility as I am on birth certificate,do I have the legal right to hold this passport?
Heather - 9-May-18 @ 12:57 PM
Hi, my stepdaughter has an Irish passportbut circumstances meant that my partner was forced to placed a notice on the passport requiring that he be notified should they attempt to leave the country. As she has dual nationality my stepdaughter is also eligible for a british passport which we believe her mother has applied for and obtained without telling us. How can we find out if my step daughter does in fact have this passport? The child is 9 so we can only rely on her word and her mother will not answer whether she has obtained the second passport or not. My step daughter indicted she travelled to Spain recently without our knowledge and without any flags being raised at passport control.
Ruadh - 5-May-18 @ 7:04 PM
Hi, my I'm applying for a first passport for my little girl my child mother but the mother has passed away. We were married at the time of birth. We were both born atfer 1982. Do I have to provide marriage certificates and deatils of my child grandparents. As this all seems very complicated and could do with see guidance.
B07370 - 29-Apr-18 @ 5:07 PM
Lain - Your Question:
Just after some advice I split from my daughters father, and he has applied for her passport and got it. Now he will not share it with me, or allow me to take her on holiday. She lives with me and has contact every other weekend. He does have PR as he’s on the birth certificate, I just don’t know what step is next as we want to go on holiday but this is stopping me! Help

Our Response:
You would have to apply to court if your ex refuses permission, please see link here.
SeparatedDads - 27-Apr-18 @ 11:49 AM
Just after some advice I split from my daughters father, and he has applied for her passport and got it. Now he will not share it with me, or allow me to take her on holiday. She lives with me and has contact every other weekend. He does have PR as he’s on the birth certificate, I just don’t know what step is next as we want to go on holiday but this is stopping me! Help
Lain - 26-Apr-18 @ 6:45 PM
Jma74 - Your Question:
Hi I’m at a bit of a loss at what I can do here me and my partner have booked a holiday for us and my child who is 12 I separated from his mother almost 10 years ago as she became highly addicted to heroin and everything went through the courts and I was given full PR but unfortunately I am not registered on his birth certificate I have filled out an application and taken it to the post office and they have said it won’t be accepted and I need consent from his mother as I am not registered as his father I have asked her to sign and she is being very awkward and is refusing too just wondered if anyone could help and tell me where I stand in this instance. Thank you

Our Response:
If your ex will not sign, you would have to apply to court for permission.
SeparatedDads - 23-Apr-18 @ 11:58 AM
Hi I’m at a bit of a loss at what I can do here me and my partner have booked a holiday for us and my child who is 12 I separated from his mother almost 10 years ago as she became highly addicted to heroin and everything went through the courts and I was given full PR but unfortunately I am not registered on his birth certificate I have filled out an application and taken it to the post office and they have said it won’t be accepted and I need consent from his mother as I am not registered as his father I have asked her to sign and she is being very awkward and is refusing too just wondered if anyone could help and tell me where i stand in this instance. Thank you
Jma74 - 22-Apr-18 @ 9:37 PM
Do I need to put my daughter's fathers details in her 1st passport or just mine , he is living married in Sweden and ourdaughter (7) is going to visit but I'm not sure if I have to out his details on her passport or not Thanks in advance
Lioness - 14-Mar-18 @ 11:20 AM
Long story but will try to keep it brief. My son has been living with me for a while now and has no contact with his mom At all. At the time social services were involved and they were happy, taking into account my son's age, that he wanted to stay with me. The problem I now have is that I have booked a holiday but his mom has his passport and I can't get it back. I have tried to cancel his passport to get a replacement but am hit by a brick wall. The passport office have advised I need to go to court. Does anyone know if this is true? I find it ridiculous that I now have to fork out God knows how much and go through the court when I have several pieces of evidence to show that he now lives with me. Can anyone advise? Is court the only way?
Confused - 9-Mar-18 @ 11:01 PM
Don't believe everything that is said here, I unfortunately because of the mother was not their for the birth nor at the signing of the birth certificate as was not told of admission to hospital after separation from the mother, this on its own causes a huge problem for a dad, fast forward 1 day/1 second and you become nobody to that child. YOU now have the task of proving in court at your expense that you are the child's father and that your not a criminal and you don't want to harm or abduct the child, or anything else the mother may say. I understand that separation is/can be different and difficult in so many ways, but I find it wrong that the mother gets all the rights from day one, in my opinion right or wrong leaves the gap for many hard to prove wrong..... lies. In my experience the mother has full rights from the start for everything and the system does not work. Although I had a DNA test and issued PR through the courts the mother applied and got a passport for my daughter when she was around 5, my daughter is now 11..... not once was I ever contacted or asked if this was ok even though I have full PR and DNA proving I am the dad again through the courts........... do they not tell the relevant people???? Equal rights..... if your willing to pay the cost. No wonder dads don't try or aren't there, its not the trying its the cost... Make women pay the cost for proven wrong accusation and lies and give the real dads a chance.
ME - 16-Feb-18 @ 1:10 AM
My daughter has separated from her partner and they have a 2year old child. He is from another country and we fear that despite my daughter holding the child's passport her ex partner may forge a renewal application and abduct her. How can she prevent another passport being issued? Can she have it recorded that she does not authorise it and concernsover forgery? They were not married and both names are on the birth certificate. He has said his family want him to move back home abroad and we know he would not go without his child.
Mingle - 7-Dec-17 @ 10:04 PM
SJ - Your Question:
Hi, Everyone.Don't know if this helps, I'm a mother and main carer of my two children, I'm divorced, my ex sees the kids a couple of nights a week.My ex applied for a passport for my daughter without my consent. I don't know if there was any forgery of my signature or anything etc (My ex insists not) but it's clearly possible to process an application without their mother's permission.

Our Response:
Your ex must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for a child or from a court before taking the child abroad, please see link here which will tell you your ex does need your permission. You may wish to contact the passport office directly in order to follow this up.
SeparatedDads - 9-Nov-17 @ 11:52 AM
Hi, Everyone. Don't know if this helps, I'm a mother and main carer of my two children, I'm divorced, my ex sees the kids a couple of nights a week. My ex applied for a passport for my daughter without my consent. I don't know if there was any forgery of my signature or anything etc (My ex insists not) but it's clearly possible to process an application without their mother's permission.
SJ - 8-Nov-17 @ 5:57 AM
A mother could easily apply for a child's first passport and get it within 3 weeks,regardless if the father is mentioned on the BC or not.Can a father do so?Nope!
Emmanuel - 8-Nov-17 @ 12:59 AM
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