4 Things to Know to Get a Passport for Baby
Getting a Passport for Baby
Traveling is one of our favorite things to do as a couple. We want to help Lady O learn the art of passport stamp collecting. After all, she’s a shared result of every travel-inspired turn, new destination, late night conversation, and every new city that we knew we will return to again.
So, here’s what you need to do to get a passport for your tiny traveling companion(s).
1. Take and print out a photo against a white background.
No Instagram filters allowed on this one (not even Lo-Fi). The rules are that the staring-ahead-to-camera-shot must be against a white background. We chose to test the boundaries of patience and go to a local AAA office ... on a Saturday morning.
I discovered a must-use technique to get the baby with enough white space to count, inspired by the Lion KIng, it looks like a little something like this:
2. Rock the paperwork.
Fill out the DS-11 Passport Application form as required by the department of state, and bust out the baby’s birth certificate and social security card. You may be impressed with yourself for finding those documents (I know I was). Heads up: You will be required to submit the baby's original birth certificate which will be mailed back to you, separately from the issued passport.
3. Take all of these things, and the baby, to your local passport office.
Alert: the baby must be with you. Some resources online, and indeed the form itself, don’t state this as a requirement. But it is. You'll show up, turn in the paperwork, a small fee, and then wait 2-4 weeks for the passport to arrive (if you select the expedited option).
Friendly tip: On the day when your little one's passport arrives, after you take a few minutes to marvel at that cute little mug, double check that all the information is correct. If you do find a typo, like we did, you'll need to go through a few additional steps to be ready for that first international trip.
4. See the world through her eyes.
When the passport arrives, rejoice in a new layer of awesome that your future travels will take you. Watch her take in the new sights, sounds, and sensations and use that perspective to appreciate even more wherever you roam.
A baby with a passport and some roadtrip travel under her belt, is a global citizen in the works.