The old days are gone when you brought your child on a plane and they took your word that it was your child. Now with security levels being raised it is necessary for all passengers to have a passport. Even with an infant you will need passport identification for their ability to board a plane. You also need to know what to bring with you for a child passport application.
It is not that difficult to get a child passport. You just need to be prepared ahead of time before you go in and apply for one. You will only need to renew a children’s passport every five years and the photo can be added every six months to update, as your child will change in their look as they grow.
You will need your child’s birth certificate as proof of U. S. Citizenship. You will need the actual certificate that has the state seal. The card that is issued will not be accepted. If your child was not born in the United States but is now a citizen, you will need proof of this or anything legal that proves they are a citizen of the United States. Be aware they take the birth certificate with the application and then return it to you.
You need your proof as well that you are the parent. This is good with the birth certificate or adoption papers if you do not have your name on the birth certificate. If you are a legal guardian bring the court documents with you for the application process. Check to see the entire proper identification accepted from their website.
Also will be needed is your child’s social security number. It is put on the DS-11 application you can get from the post office or print from an online source. Bring the card with you when you go to apply just in case.
You will also need identification for yourself as the parent. A passport, driver’s license or military identification is an example of the accepted forms of identification that is accepted. You can also look online at their official site for all of the accepted forms of proper identification.
You can bring your own photos to the application process but they need to be certain specs to be acceptable. They are very stringent on this so do not bring a class photo or baby picture. Go to a professional photographer and have them take a passport photo and they will know what to do. You will need two pictures. Some places will also take your photo for you so check in advance where you are applying.
Know that a US passport cost around eighty dollars. Be prepared to pay this fee and extra fees for photos if you need those as well to obtain a children passport. Check the acceptable modes of payment before you arrive to submit the application. Being prepared can make the application process go smoothly for you, the person who works there, and everyone else in line. You can get a children’s passport easily when you are prepared and have all the necessary pieces of legal material needed to submit an application smoothly that will be approved.