Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program

The Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) is a service provided by the U.S. Department of State that allows parents and other individuals to request notification when a passport application is submitted on behalf of a child under the age of 18. The program is designed to help prevent international child abductions.

Registering a Child in the Program

Parents/guardians, law enforcement officials, the court and other qualified individuals acting on behalf of a parent can submit a request to have a child under the age of 18 entered into this program. A parent is not required to have custodial rights to register their child with the Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program. As long as they have not had their rights terminated by the court, they can enter their child into the program. To register a child in the CPIAP, you must submit a completed entry request form, a copy of a valid form of identification and legal documentation that shows you are the child’s parent or legal guardian to the U.S. Department of State.

There are three ways you can submit your request:

  • By fax to 202-736-9133
  • By email to PreventAbduction@state.gov
  • By mail to:
  • U.S. Department of State Overseas Citizen Services, Office of Children’s Issues Attn: Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program 2201 “C” Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

    Upon receipt of the request, the child will be entered into the State Department’s Passport Lookout System. It is very important that you notify Passport Services of any changes to your address. If they don’t have your current address on file, it is possible that your child could be issued a passport with your knowledge or consent.

    Passport Lookout System

    After a child is entered into the Passport Lookout System, the parent who registered the child with the Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program will receive notification when a passport application is submitted on behalf of the child. Parents usually have 30 days to approve or oppose the issuance of a passport to his/her child.

    In some circumstances the non-applicant parent’s consent may not be required to issue the passport. For example, if the parent applying for the child’s passport has sole custody, the parent who doesn’t have custody does not have to provide his/her consent for a passport to be issued in the child’s name. In addition, if a court order has been issued that authorizes the applicant parent to travel abroad with the child the consent of the other parent is not required even if the child is registered with the Childrens Passport Issuance Alert Program. In these circumstances and others where the applicant parent can show he/she has the legal right to apply for a passport in his/her child’s name without the other parent’s consent a passport can still be issued.

    At the same time, if a court order is on file with the CPIAP prohibiting a child from leaving the country, the passport application will automatically be denied.

    Removing a Child from CPIAP

    Once registered with the CPIAP and entered into the Passport Lookout System, a child can only be removed if:

  • The parent who submitted the original request to have the child entered into the system submits a copy of their photo ID along with a notarized statement requesting the child be removed from the program
  • The child turns 18. The child will automatically be removed from the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program when he/she turns 18.
  • Existing Passports

    If your child already has a passport, the U.S. Department of State cannot revoke it or track its use. However, you can still request that your child be entered into the Passport Lookout System, so you can receive notification if an application is submitted on your child’s behalf for a passport renewal.


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