Statement of Special Family Circumstances. Form DS-5525
The Statement of Special Family Circumstances form (Form DS-5525) is used in situations where an applicant for a US passport is unable to provide the standard documentation required for proof of identity or citizenship due to special family circumstances.
The form consists of several parts including personal information, a statement of the special circumstances, and a notarized signature section. The applicant must fill out all sections completely and truthfully in order to be considered for an exception to the standard documentation requirements.
This form is drawn up in situations where an applicant is unable to provide the standard documentation required for proof of identity or citizenship due to special family circumstances. For example, this could include situations where the applicant is a child and is not able to provide a birth certificate due to a unique family situation or where the applicant is an adult and is not able to provide a passport for a special reasons such as adoption, natural disasters, or other circumstances. The parties involved in this form are the applicant and the Passport Agency.
When filling out this form, it is important to provide as much detail as possible regarding the special family circumstances that prevent the applicant from providing the standard documentation required for proof of identity or citizenship. The applicant must also provide any additional documentation or evidence that is relevant to their circumstances.
The advantage of this form is that it provides a way for individuals who are unable to provide the standard documentation to obtain a passport in situations where they would otherwise be unable to do so. However, filling out the form incorrectly or providing false information could result in the application being denied or potentially result in legal consequences. Therefore, it is important to carefully read the instructions and fill out the form truthfully and completely.