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Do I need a passport for my newborn?

Question: We're traveling in early July and our son will be under 2 months old. We have not received the birth certificate yet to apply for a passport. What would you recommend we do?


Can we travel with him by adding his name to our passports? Thanks for the advice in advance. Please advise asap.

Answer: Yes, your newborn must have a passport in order to exit and re-enter the United States. You cannot add the name of a baby to a passport. Each U.S. citizen must have his or her own passport.

What you can do is contact the vital records office of the state in which your child was born. This is the state agency that issued birth certificates.

You can request to know the status of your baby's birth certificate and ask whether the process can be expedited or not. Many states expedite birth certificates for an extra fee. For more information, click the link below.

Where to Get a Birth Certificate

For a complete list of passport requirements for an infant, click the link below.

Apply for an Infant's Passport

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