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Do I need to provide photos of my one-month-old child in order to get a passport for him?

by Abdullah
(Columbia, Mo)

Question: My child is only one-month old. Do I still need to provide his photos in order to obtain a passport for him?

Answer: A photo is required of every U.S. citizen that applies for a passport, independent of age. This means that parents of newborn babies and small infants need to submit the passport photo.

Unacceptable photos are the number one cause for delays in the process. You can access a list of photo requirements by clicking the link below.

Passport Photo Requirements

You should make sure your child's eyes are open in the photo. One way to do this is to drape a white sheet over one (sitting) parent, who also holds the baby's head and neck upright under the sheet while the photographer takes the photo. A second way is to place the child on a white blanket on the floor and take the photo while standing over him/her.

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