Writing a Simple Authorization Letter (with Samples) Use these sample authorization letters as templates for your formal letter. Last updated on January 16th, 2019
An authorization letter is a document that is written by one person to give authorization to another person to perform a particular task. It’s a legal document that allows someone to do something they would ordinarily not be allowed to do. It is usually given by a person who is not physically present. The main reasons people write letters of authorization are for medical, legal or financial issues.
For example, medical records are private, and a doctor would need an authorization letter from a particular patient in order to send that patient’s medical records to someone else. Along with sending medical records other legal documents may need to be transferred between lawyers and doctors in the case of a personal injury claim, divorce action or a lawsuit. If a person is going on vacation, they may want to allow a friend or family member access to their bank account to pay bills.
Other reasons a person may need to write an authorization letter are:
To give permission for someone to pick up a child from school
To give permission for someone to pick up packages at the post office
To give publishing rights
To allow school children to go on field trips
To assign duties at work
To allow airlines to care for an unattended child on a flight
There are three parties involved in a letter of authorization including the first party, the person granting authority, the second party, the hospital, bank or school involved in the transaction and the third party, the person receiving the authority. The letter is written by the first party to the second party and explains the rights being given to the third party.
The third party can be an individual or corporation or other entity. If the second party is not known in the case of an emergency-action letter of authorization, the letter can be addressed To Whom It May Concern.
The letter spells out the specific task that has been assigned to the third party. This can be just about anything, but is usually things like negotiating a contract, taking out a loan in the first party’s name or accessing the first party’s bank account.
According to the law, the third party’s actions are binding for the first party. The first party is responsible for anything the third party does while under his or her authorization. For this reason, letters of authorization should not be taken lightly especially if they are financial in nature.
Letter of Authorization vs Power of Attorney
There are important differences between a letter of authorization and a power of attorney. With authorization, the specific actions are carried out for a specified time. With power of attorney, the agent can continue to act for the first person in any capacity until the first person revokes the power of attorney.
This is done through a written and signed revocation that is sent to the person with the power of attorney and anyone else who knows the agent had power of attorney. In either case, if the first person dies, the power and authorization becomes void.
The letter should include all of the necessary information. For medical records, it should include file number, insurance number and claim information. If it is legal information, the case number should be included and for financial matters the bank account needs to be included.
In most cases the authorized person is a friend or family member and is not paid for his or her help. If the third person is to be paid, it must be clearly stated in the letter. Letters of authorization are rarely notarized.
The letter should be short and precise. If it has excess information, there may be more than one way to interpret it, which could cause confusion. The letter should contain:
The beginning and ending dates of the authorization
The reason the authorization is being granted
The duties of the authorized person
Here is a sample authorization letter. It should be typed in formal business style. Since it is an important document, it shouldn’t be hand written. It should follow legal guidelines, so if it is disputed, it will stand up in court. It should be sent by certified mail to both the second and third party, so each party has proof of when it was sent and received.
Sample 1 - Authorization Letter First Party’s Name First Party’s Address City, State, Zip Code
Second Party’s Name Name of Bank Second Party’s Address City, State, Zip Code
Dear Second Party’s Name:
This letter is a formal authorization for Name of Third Party to access my checking account NUMBER at Name of Bank to make my mortgage and car loan payments while I am on vacation between DATE and DATE.
If you have any questions, I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address at any time, even while I am on vacation.
I appreciate your help in this matter.
Sincerely, First Party’s Signature First Party’s Printed Name
Sample 2 - Authorization Letter Name of Parent Address of Parent City, State, Zip Code
Name of Babysitter Address of Babysitter City, State, Zip Code
RE: Authorization for Medical Treatment of Name of Child
To Whom It May Concern:
The intent of this letter is to give Name of Babysitter the authorization to take my four-year-old son Name of Son to Name of Doctor, Address of Doctor and Phone Number or Name of Hospital, Address of Hospital and Phone Number if there is a medical emergency or medical attention is required when I am not available.
Name of Babysitter is also permitted to give Name of Son OTC children’s Tylenol if he develops fever before reaching the doctor or hospital. Name of Son has no known in tolerances or allergies to any medication.
If required by the hospital or doctor, Name of Babysitter has permission to give Insurance Information. This authorization becomes invalid when Name of Babysitter is no longer in my employ.
Parent’s Signature Parent’s Name Printed and Relation to the Child i.e. mother, father of child Date of signing Copies to: Name of Hospital, Name of Doctor, Name of Babysitter, Name of Insurance Agent or Company
Sample 3 - Authorization Letter Name of Legal Guardian Address of Legal Guardian City, State, Zip Code
RE: Medical Treatment Authorization
To Whom It May Concern:
I, Name of Legal Guardian, am the lawful guardian of the female child named below. I give permission and consent to Name, Address and Phone Number of Temporary Caregiver to authorize medical treatment for Full Name of Child and date of birth. This permission is granted from DATE and will expire on DATE.
Signature Of Legal Guardian DATE Printed Name of Legal Guardian Signature of Witness or Notary (if required by the state) DATE Printed Name of Witness