An authorization letter for an underage child is a written document granting permission to a third party to act on behalf of the child in specific situations, such as receiving medical treatment, traveling alone, or attending school events.
The letter should include the following information:
Example 1: Authorization Letter for Medical Treatment
I, _____________________[Your Name], am the _______________[Parent/Guardian] of ____________________[Child's Name], born on ____/____/_____ [Child's Birthday]. I am writing to authorize ___________________[Aunt's Name], who is ________________ [Child's Aunt/Uncle], to make decisions and sign consent forms on my behalf regarding ___________________ [Child's Name]'s medical treatment.
___________________________[Aunt's Name] has my full trust and I am confident that _____________________________ [Aunt's Name] will act in ____________________ [Child's Name]'s best interest. _________________________ [Aunt's Name] has my permission to access ___________________________ [Child's Name]'s medical records and make any necessary arrangements for ______________________ [Child's Name]'s care.
The authorization is valid until ___/___/_____ [Date].
Thank you for your understanding.
___________________________ [Your Signature]
Example 2: Authorization Letter for Traveling Alone
Dear ________________________ [Travel Agent],
I, _____________________[Your Name], am the _____________________[Parent/Guardian] of _____________________[Child's Name], born on ___/___/_____ [Child's Birthday]. I am writing to authorize ____________________ [Friend's/Neighbor's Name], who is a close family friend, to accompany ____________________ [Child's Name] on a trip to _____________ [Destination].
_______________________________ [Child's Name] will be traveling alone, and I trust ______________________ [Friend's/Neighbor's Name] to take care of ______________ [Child's Name] during the trip. _______________________ [Friend's Name] has my permission to make any necessary decisions regarding ___________________ [Child's Name]'s well-being, including but not limited to, seeking medical treatment if necessary.
The authorization is valid from ___/___/_____ [Start Date] to ___/___/_____[End Date].
Thank you for your cooperation.
________________________ [Your Signature]
Do I need to get the authorization letter notarized?
Whether a child authorization letter needs to be notarized depends on the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction where it will be used and the purpose of the letter.
Some institutions or organizations may require a notarized letter as proof of the authenticity of the signature, while others may not. It is best to check with the specific institution or organization in question to determine whether a notarized letter is required.
In general, a notarized child authorization letter provides an additional level of security and helps to prevent fraud, especially in situations where the letter is used for legal or financial purposes.
The notary public acts as an impartial witness and verifies the identity of the signer and the authenticity of the signature.