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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.

How to Get a Child's Passport

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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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