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Do babies need passports?

by Elizabeth
(Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

Question: My family will be traveling to Mexico in July and we will have a 3-year old and an infant about 4 months old. Will they both need passports?


Answer: Every citizen of the United States, independent of age (even newborn infants), is required to have a valid passport when traveling outside the United States. There is an exception for travel on a closed-loop cruise or travel by land to Canada.

Regular processing of passport applications can take 4-6 weeks or longer. We recommend you submit the applications as soon as possible.

For complete details, please click the link below.

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Husband is in the army
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. We will be leaving to Acuña, Mexico tomorrow. I have my baby's birth certificate and her Id with me. Do I still need a passport? Unfortunately my husband is in the army and it's hard to get a hold of him.

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need a passport book or passport card to enter Mexico and re-enter the United States. A passport book is required if you are traveling by air and a card will suffice if you are traveling by land or sea. Your child needs a passport to travel.

We recommend calling customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to find out whether or not you can submit your husband's deployment order together with Form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent Family Circumstances.

Passport needed?
by: Anonymous

Question: We are wanting to fly from the us to Canada with a 9 month old. Do we need to get a passport for the baby?

Answer: While you may fly to Canada with only a birth certificate for your child, you will need a passport to re-enter the United States.

Wanting to take baby
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to take my 2 1/2 month old baby to the International Peace Gardens to see my sister's concert for the International Music Camp. All I have is her social security card. Is that enough?

Answer: If you are traveling domestically, you do not need a passport. We recommend you also bring your child's birth certificate.

Need help
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter who is 2 years old will be traveling to Culiacan Sinaloa but will be leaving from Tijuana airport. Does she need a passport or ID passport to go?

Answer: Since the child is not traveling overseas, a passport MAY NOT be required. Please check with the airline you are traveling with to verify travel document requirements.

Miami
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I want to go from NYC to Miami with my two-month-old baby. Do I need a passport to travel with her by air? If not what do I need?

Question: U.S. citizens do not need passports to travel domestically. However, you may be required to present the child's birth certificate. You should also bring your own ID. Please contact the airline you are traveling with to verify.

Newborn
by: Anonymous

Question: We are planning on going to Tijuana for the weekend. My daughter was born 4 weeks ago and does not have a passport yet. Is she required to have a passport to travel to Mexico by land or will her birth certificate be enough?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need to have a passport book or passport cards to enter Mexico and return to the United States.

Since you only have a few days before your planned trip, you need to apply for your child's passport at a regional agency. Aside from the requirements, you also need to present proof of immediate international travel. Your hotel reservations for Tijuana should suffice. An appointment is normally required but you can try to walk in with the application. Just make sure you arrive before the agency opens and that you have all the documents in order. Regional agencies process applications within one to eight business days.

3-year-old
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

I plan on going to Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua which is border to El Paso, Tx and 3 hours away from my town Ruidoso, NM. My question is does my 3-year-old need a passport or do I just need his birth certificate. Where crossing over by car.

Answer: All U.S. citizens must travel with a passport book or passport card to travel to Mexico. Please apply for your child's passport before you travel.

Unmarried parents with absent father
by: Chudson

Question: We are planning a cruise in November. My grandson will be 1 year old. His parents were unmarried when he was born but the father voluntarily put his name on the birth certificate. Since then, the father has been absent except for harassment and has been avoiding service for order of protection and child support petition. In Tennessee the mother has sole legal custody unless the father petitions and is awarded something different. How can the mother get a passport for the child if even the police cannot locate the father to compel him to appear in court? The exception form doesn't seem to apply since the travel is not related to the health of the child.

Answer: Please consult an attorney about getting an official court order that awards the mother sole legal custody of the child. Once this is done, the mother can apply for the child's passport without the father's presence or consent even if his name is on the birth certificate.

Passports
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I have a question. My two sisters were born here and they are going to Tijuana with my husband but they don't have a passport and they don't have the same last name. They have mine though. Will they be able to go with my husband to Tijuana?

Answer: U.S. citizens need U.S. passports to travel to Mexico. Your parents or your sisters' legal guardian/s need to apply for U.S. passports for them so they can travel to Tijuana. They will each need the following:

1. Form DS-11 (completed but unsigned)
2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship
3. Parents' or guardians' proof of relationship to child
4. Photo ID of parents or guardians
5. Photocopy of IDs
6. One passport photo
7. Payment for fees

They need to apply in person with both parents or legal guardians at a nearby acceptance facility.

babies
by: Anonymous

Question: We will be driving to Canada this August. I have a then 3-year-old and a 10-month-old. Will I need passports for them?

Answer: U.S. citizens minors age 16 and under may travel to Canada and return to the United States with just a birth certificate. However, in the event that they need to return to the U.S. via air travel, they will need passports.

Puerto Rico to Texas
by: Yaritza

Question: Hi. I'm traveling from Puerto Rico to Texas in a few months and I have a one-year-old baby. Does the baby need a passport?

Answer: If you and your child are a U.S. citizens or green card holders, you do not need to present passports or green cards to travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place.

Having said that, it is recommended that you bring a government-issued ID and a copy of your birth certificates. If you are a green card holder, it is recommended that you carry your green card in case you are asked to prove your status.

Passport card or passport book?
by: Anonymous

Question: Which is required to travel by bus to Mexico and back to California? Passport book or passport card?

Answer: A passport cards should suffice since you are traveling by land. However, in the event that you need to travel back to the U.S. by air, you need to present a valid passport to be allowed entry.

Passport for St. Thomas/St. John
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my infant need a passport to travel to St. Thomas/St. John? If no, what documents would they need?

Answer: U.S. citizens traveling between the mainland U.S. and its territories without touching a foreign port or land do not need to present a passport. However, it is recommended that you bring a government-issued ID and a copy of your birth certificate. This applies to all U.S. citizens regardless of age.

Passport for my newborn
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my family and I are planning to visit Canada in July -- for a weekend at the Niagara falls. My wife, my older daughter and I have passports. Does our newborn need a passport to cross the border in a car?

Answer: U.S. citizen minors may cross the border to Canada and return to the United States with only a birth certificate. However, in the event that the child needs to travel back to the U.S. by air, a U.S. passport
book is necessary.


Cruise with infant
by: Mikey

Question: Hey. We have a baby on the way but a cruise scheduled for December which will make my daughter 2 months old. It will be to the Bahamas with a few stops in between, I believe. Will she need a passport?

Answer: Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to The Bahamas, as well as proof of anticipated departure from The Bahamas. Those traveling to The Bahamas on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air.

We recommend you contact the cruise line to confirm travel document requirements.

Baby born in Mexico travelling from India
by: Saurabh

Question: Hi, my baby is born in Mexico and we are Indians. We are planning to go to Mexico and my baby is now 6 months old.

How can she enter Mexico now . She has a Mexican birth certificate and Indian Passport.

Thanks.

Answer: Please contact the Mexican Embassy in New Delhi for information about entry into Mexico.

C-8 Anand Niketan,
Nueva Delhi, 110021, India
Tel:+91 (11) 2411-7180
Fax:+91 (11) 2411-7193
contactoconind@sre.gob.mx

Working hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 am - 17:00 Hrs

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I would be going to Tijuana. Can I take my 1-year-old without a passport? I would be walking to the border I would only be the for 1 day or 2.

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need a valid passport book or passport card in order to travel to Mexico and return to the United States.

11-month-old child
by: Liz

Question: My niece lives in Seattle with her 11-month-old girl. I plan to visit her in Oct 2017. We want to take the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Victoria, BC Canada for a day trip. Does the baby need a passport. Thank you. Liz

Answer: The birth certificate should suffice. Please contact the Victoria Clipper to confirm travel document requirements.

We are going to Mexico by land
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my baby need her passport. She is 8 months old. We are going to Mexico. Can I use her birth certificate to come back to the US?

Answer: A passport is required for travel to Mexico and reentry to the United States. You can access a list of requirements here.

Travel to Nicaragua
by: My baby is 2 months

Question: Hi. I have a question. I have a 2-month-old baby and I want to travel with the baby to Nicaragua. Does the baby need a passport? And the baby's father is in Nicaragua. He's not here in Miami to fill out the papers with me?

Answer: Yes, your baby needs a passport. The father can visit the U.S. Embassy in Nicauragua to complete consent form DS-3053 and have it notarized. Afterwards, he should send the form to you so that you can submit it with your baby's passport application.

Guardianship
by: Anonymous

Question: I have legal guardianship of my grandson, age 11 months, and would like to take him with me to visit my brother in Spain. How do I get him a passport? Or can I get him one?

Answer: Visit a nearby passport application acceptance facility with your grandson. Many facilities require an appointment.

Take a completed Form DS-11, your photo ID, copy of your ID, a recent passport photo of your grandson, his birth certificate, document proving legal guardianship and payment for fees.

Routine service takes 4-6 weeks. To get the passport in 2-3 weeks, request expedited service and overnight delivery of the new passport. There are additional fees for these services.

The fastest way to get a passport is to submit the application form at a regional agency. However, you need proof of travel within two weeks in order to do this.

Traveling with grandparents with parent's consent
by: Anonymous

Question: My parents are going to Guatemala and is willing to take my son along on a vacation trip. My husband and I are staying in the U.S. and is willing to let my 1 yr old son to go with his grandparents (my parents). Is there anything else I have to do as a parent to let my parents take my son?

Answer: Your son will need a valid U.S. passport. The grandparents should carry a notarized consent to travel signed by both parents.

9 month old / 5 day cruise
by: Anonymous

Question: Will my baby need a passport to go on a cruise that will make a stop in St Thomas?

Answer: Please contact the cruise line for information about travel document requirements.

Siblings
by: Anonymous

Question: My brother and sister live with me. What do I need in order for them to renew their passports?

Answer: If they are minors age 15 or younger, You will find a list of requirements here. If they are age 16 or older, you will find the list of requirements here.

Does my baby need a passport to travel to Mexico by bus?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 2-month-old baby and we want to travel by bus to Mexico. Will he need a passport?

Answer: According to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico, everyone going into Mexico needs a valid passport. A valid passport is also required for reentry to the United States. You can access a list of requirements here.

Does my 5-month-old baby need a passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be traveling by car to Mexico and I am not sure if my 5-month-old baby needs a passport or not.

Answer: Yes, your baby needs a passport. You can access a list of requirements here.

2-month-old
by: Anonymous

Question: My son's dad doesn't not have any type of ID or birth certificate. What can I do to get my child's passport?

Answer: Unless you have sole legal custody, the father must apply with the child or provide a notarized letter of consent to apply. He must provide a valid photo ID.

Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my 2-year-old need a passport to drive into Canada from Montana with both adoptive parents?

Answer: A passport is not required for a minor age 15 or younger to enter Canada and reenter the United States by land. You must present an original or certified copy of birth certificate and adoption decree.

Does my baby need a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be traveling from Georgia to California on a plane. Does my 9-month-old baby need a passport?

Answer: Passports are not required for domestic flights. Please contact the airlines for travel document requirements.

Traveling by land
by: Anonymous

Question: Do my children (1 and 7 years old) need a passport to travel to Mexico by land (on a bus)?

Answer: According to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico, everyone going into Mexico needs a valid passport. You will find information about how to apply for a child's passport here.

Single Parent
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to get a passport for my 5-month-old baby and I am the only one on the birth certificate. Do I still need to try to contact the father in order to get him to fill out paperwork, or can I just apply as an only parent?

Answer: You can submit the birth certificate as evidence of sole legal custody. The father's consent is not required in this case. For a complete list of requirements, click here.

US Passport for my baby who has another passport
by: AF

Question: My newborn baby has his second citizenship passport but he doesn't have US passport yet. Can he go outside US with the secound passport and when he comes back to US just show the birth certificate with the other passport?

Answer: Your child will need a valid U.S. passport to reenter the United States unless you will be entering by land from Canada in which case a birth certificate is acceptable. We recommend you obtain the passport before your trip. This can be done quickly at a regional passport agency.

If this is not possible, you can apply for the passport at any U.S. embassy or consulate general abroad. Processing times vary but it usually takes 2-3 weeks. Emergency, limited-validity passports can be issued the same day. For a list of locations, click here.

U.S. Citizenship for baby in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S. Citizen and my wife is not. Our son was born in Mexico and they both now live in Mexico. What do I need to do to have him become a U.S. Citizen?

Answer: Your son may already be a U.S. citizen. If he is, then a U.S. passport can be obtained for him at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico or one of the consulate generals. For more information, read the article about birthright citizenship.

If he does not meet the requirements for citizenship as described in that article, contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Bahamas
by: Kaniya

Question: Can I take my 3 year old niece on a cruise to Bahamas without a passport? Or what documents will I need to take her on the cruise?

Answer: Please contact the cruise line for travel document requirements for your cruise.

What do I need to do?
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to get my 2-month-old baby a passport. I read that both parents need to be present when you go to apply for a passport. What if the baby's father is in México and he can't be present with me to get his passport? What to I do?

Answer: The father can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico to complete consent form DS-3053 and have it notarized. He can then mail it to you. For a complete list of requirements, click here.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel with my 4-month-old baby to New York from Dallas without any ID. Because I didn't get her passport yet. Also, for her birth certificate we send it for getting passport. Can I travel? Please help.

Answer: Yes, you can travel from New York to Dallas without a passport. Your baby's birth certificate is required to get a passport.

passport for baby
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 2-month-old baby. Does she need a passport to travel to Florida?

Answer: Your baby does not need a passport to travel within the United States.

New born baby does she need a passport card to travel to mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to travel to Mexico with my new born baby. Does she need a passport card to enter Mexico? If yes, how much would I have to pay to get her passport card?

Answer: Yes, your baby needs a passport to travel to Mexico. If you plan to fly, she will need a passport book. The application fee for a passport card is $15 and the execution fee is $25. For more information about getting a passport for a child, click here.

Does infant need a passport?
by: Cher

Question: Traveling to Trinidad with my 3-month-old. Would he need a passport?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, independent of age, are required to present a valid passport to travel abroad by air. For a list of instructions, visit How to Get a Child's Passport.

Mexico travels
by: Anonymous

Question: Traveling to Mexico with my two year old daughter. Does she need a passport or is her birth certificate ok?

Answer: Your daughter needs a passport to travel to Mexico. For a complete list of requirements and instructions for getting a passport for a minor, click here.

passport for a 9-month-old baby
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my 9 month baby need a social securty to apply for a pastport ! I havent had a chance to go get it at the social securtiy office!

Answer: All applicants should provide their social security number. However, parents can usually apply for an infant's passport if the child does not have one.

Would there be a problem?
by: Anonymous

Question: I will have my son who is almost 2-months-old in a couple of days. We are going to try to travel to Chicago from Atlanta. Does he need his passport to be able to travel to different states?

Answer: A passport is not required to travel within the United States.

Baby passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 2 months old baby. Does she need a passport to travel to another state?

Answer: Passports are not required for travel between states.

Traveling to Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my 2-year-old need a passport to travel by land to Canada? If not, what documents does he need?

Answer: A birth certificate will suffice for your child. If traveling with only one parent, it is recommended that the traveling parent carry a letter of consent from the non-traveling parent.

Passport for children under 16 and travelng only to Mexico.
by: Anonymous

Question: Do we have to get a full Passport for children under 16 or can we travel only to Mexico with our 1 year old and 7 year old with only a Passport Card? If so will the fees only be $40.00?

Answer: A passport card is acceptable for travel to Mexico by land or sea. Both children and adults can use the passport card. A passport book is required for all international travel by air.

The passport card fee is $15 per applicant. It is paid to the U.S. Department of State. There is also an execution fee of $25 that is paid to the acceptance facility where the application is submitted.

Is it okay?
by: nerson

Question: Is it okay if I travel with my two-month-old baby by using his birth certificate and a clearance letter from the doctor? I found out too late that a child should apply for one.

Answer: All U.S. citizens, including infants, are required to present a valid passport to travel abroad by air or to reenter the United States. A baby can enter Canada by land without a passport. While a passport is required to enter Mexico, documents are not always checked at land border crossings. For a list of requirements, visit how to get a passport for a minor.

Does my child need a passaport?
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 3 years old & we want to travel to Texas. Does he need a passport? I heard he only needed a birth certificate?

Answer: A passport is not required to travel within the United States.

My child looks different to the passport photo taken as a baby
by: Anonymous

Question: My child was issued a passport when 5mths old. Now 4 years old, will be travelling overseas soon, however, the child does not look like the baby in the photograph .. will this be a problem when travelling under this passport? Will I need to renew it before the expiration date?

Answer: Should nto be a problem. You might carry photos of your child which show growth from the time the passport was issued to the present. If you are concerned that there may be a problem because the agent will not be able to recognize your child from the photo, you can apply to get a new passport early.

passport ages
by: Anonymous

Question: Do children under the age of 7 need passports to visit family in Guatemala from New York?

Answer: In order to travel to Guatemala, a United States citizen must possess a valid U.S. passport, independent of age. This includes children under the age of 7. Click the link below for a complete list of requirements.

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