If you are planning for your baby’s first holiday, it is very important to sort out the passport of your little one. Most of the people ask about it that do babies need passports? So the answer is yes. Previously it was possible to take your infant on your passport, but the rules changed in 1998. Your kid needs his/her own passport to travel out of the country, it does not matter how young your baby is.
In recent years, it has become a complicated process if you are applying for the first time. It has been a long time process. So, before even dreaming about a holiday with your little one, try to apply for the passport 2 months in advance.
There is a standard form that can be used for all passport applications. This is available either online or from your local Post Office or you can have it sent to you by filling in an online request form or calling the IPS (Identity and Passport Service) helpline number. You will need to complete the form.
1.The completed application form – Make sure it is filled in with accurate details. Proofread it at least twice.
2.Two identical passport-sized color photos – a certified or professional person should sign one of the photos to take the responsibility of knowing you and your family from past some years. The person who signs on the back of the photo also requires signing the form. It confirms they have known you for at least two or three years.
4.Original documents that prove your baby’s citizenship – Documents like his/her birth certificate, passport details and identity proof of his/her parents. In case your kid does not have any birth certificate or he/she was born in a different country, you will need an alternate documentation at that time. For detailed guidance, you can visit your country’s passport office.
6.Payment or fee – This differs according to the currencies.It is a rule in some countries that the passport for children under 16 is valid for 5 years. After that you have to renew it. So, try to apply in person. Keep your documents on hold because you have to go through the same process when it is time to renew your child’s passport. If it is urgent for you so you can use the one-week fast-track service. The fees will be high for this and you will get your passport in the next week. Make sure you should book the appointment before three weeks of your travel.
If we will talk about U.S. citizens specifically, you need the following documents:
For more details, you should visit the Home Office’s official Identity & Passport Service website and you will get all the sort of information regarding your baby’s passport. Your local post office can also help you with this.
Your new passport will be sent to you by courier from the passport office. If you are not at home the person delivering it will leave a card or letter for you. In that letter, the address will be mentioned from where you can collect your passport.
Now that you got the answer, do babies need passports? So, plan your trip accordingly instead of facing any kind of hassle.