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Family Travel Tips | Getting a Passport for your Baby

If you’re traveling abroad, you need to get a passport for your baby, even if your baby is a month old!  Getting a passport for your baby is pretty simple when you know how to do it.  It surprisingly doesn’t take long at all.  The hardest part is getting the picture of your baby :)  From start to finish, we had Kennedy’s passport in our hands in under a month!

Here’s everything you need to bring to obtain a passport for your baby:

  • Passport Application:  You must apply for your baby’s passport in person at a passport agency or other authorized passport processing company.  I’d suggest filling out the application ahead of time:  It’s called a DS-11 Application and you can print it here.
  • Passport Picture:  Make sure that you apply at an agency that will actually take the picture of your baby as well.  Not all agencies offer that service.  It is an extra cost, but you need it done…and don’t try to do it at home. haha.  They need the right size, framing of your baby’s face, and they place a white blanket behind the carseat to create a plain background.
  • Parental Consent:  Both parents of the baby must be present when applying in person.  If that’s not possible, you need to print and fill out this form (DS-3053) and have it notarized.  Bring that form with you when applying for the passport.
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship:  Bring your baby’s Birth Certificate
  • Parental Relationship Evidence:  You need to prove that you are the baby’s parent.  Bring your birth certificate, adoption decree, or divorce/custody decree.
  • Your Photo ID:  Bring your driver’s license or a current US Passport.
  • Your check book!  It costs $105 to get a passport for your baby and it’s valid for up to 5 years.  Click here to see a list of the current fee schedule.

Getting a passport for your baby

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You can also check out the U.S. Department of State’s website for the most up-to-date information.  Once you get your baby’s passport, where will you go!?