So you had a baby and you think all of your travel dreams have been dashed? Wrong! At Passported we not only encourage you to travel with the tots, we live by it. All of the Passported kids got their passports before they could crawl. When dealing with any government agency it's always good to be prepared, so read on for the scoop below. This is seriously how you #getpassported.
First, find your local passport office where you will have to go in person. Then start the process below and bon voyage!
- Fill out and print Form DS-11. You can also fill it out when you get there.
- Hint: Your baby's occupation is "baby" and their employer is "baby" too!
- Make sure you have your kiddo's social security number handy.
- You must submit proof of U.S. citizenship (ie: a Birth Certificate) and it has to be the original, no copies. They will take the original and make a copy for you, but you have to send in the original with your application. It will be mailed back separately.
- Bring your IDs because you have to show proof that you are the parents (usually on the Birth Certificate or Adoption Decree). BOTH parents must be present to get the passport. If for some reason one parent is absolutely unable to make it check out this parent consent form.
- You need a 2x2 inch photo (no exceptions on the size). Many places will have a photo center on premises for a fee, but it might be easier to coax your little one to open his eyes at home. So just make sure the picture is on an all white or off-white background and no one else is in the photo.
- Bring your checkbook because you'll have to pay two separate fees and no cash or credit is accepted. You can pay extra for expedited service (3-4 weeks), instead of the usual 4-6 week wait.
In a BIG rush? There are lots of expeditors who can help you get a passport in a pinch, even within a day for a fee. The catch is you need a travel itinerary with the kiddo's name on it, so make sure to have the airline or hotel include the baby's full name on the itinerary when you submit it to the expeditor.
Now that you're set with the passport, why don't you drop us a line and we'll have you plan your next trip with tots in tow?