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Passports for infants

by Bruce
(Kinross MI USA)

Question: We are planning a family trip to Jamaica. My wife's niece is planning on going, but will have her 6 month old baby with her. For a child that young, what type of passport does she need?


We were told by a travel agent that she might need a picture of mother, and baby together. Also the baby is due in August, and we will be going in February. any photo will change in that time it takes to issue it, won't it?

Answer: There is no special passport for an infant. Passports for all United States citizens are the same, except those issued to military personnel or diplomats. It is the requirements that are different. For a complete list of requirements to get a child's passport and to download the application form, click the link below.

Apply for an Infant's Passport

The mother will have to provide a document that proves her relationship to the child (e.g., a certified birth certificate) at the time of application.

Passports issued to minors are valid for 5 years. The State Department does not require that passport photos be updated prior to expiration.

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Do infants need a SSN to apply for passport?

by Beth
(Auburn Me)

Answer: Although a Social Security number is not required for issuance of a passport, Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E) requires all applicants to provide their Social Security Number (SSN).

If the minor has one when you apply for the U.S. passport, it must be provided. If the minor has not been issued a SSN, enter zeros in box #5 of the passport application form DS-11 that you are completing.

You can download the application for a Social Security Number and mail it to the Social Security Administration in order to apply. It can take up to 12 weeks to receive because the child's birth record must be verified.

You can apply for a Social Security number for your baby when you apply for your baby’s birth certificate. The state agency that issues birth certificates will share your child’s information with us and we will mail the Social Security card to you. In this case, it usually take a lot less time to process.

How to Get a Child's Passport

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Passport for infant

Question: I am expecting this month and will need to get a passport for my newborn shortly after. Do I need to provide pictures even though the baby will change in looks drastically over the next few years? Other than a birth certificate, are there any other documents needed?

Answer: Yes, you must provide a passport photo of your infant. Other documents needed are listed below.

1. Completed, unsigned form DS-11
2. Birth certificate (Serves as both evidence of U.S. citizenship and evidence of relationship.)
3. Parent's ID (valid driver's license)
4. Copy of each identification document
5. Two passport photos
6. Payment for fees

For complete instructions, click the link below.

Apply for Child's Passport

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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Can a California born infant with Syrian parents obtain a passport?

by inkspell
(ca)

Question: Father's name not on birth certificate due to mother not being married to father and he was not in the state to sign paternity form. Mother believes her baby would not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia because father is not listed and she is not a citizen. Is this correct?

Answer: It is difficult to determine from your question if you are asking about a U.S. passport or a Saudi Arabia passport.

If your question concerns an U.S. Passport, then the baby is considered a U.S. citizen since he was born on American soill and entitled to all the rights provided by the U.S. Constitution including the right to have a U.S. passport. For full details about how to apply for a child's passport, click the link below.

Apply for Child's Passport

If your question concerns a Saudi Arabia passport, then you need to contact the consular services of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington DC.

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Any other questions concerning entrance into Saudi Arabia can be directed to the consular services of the Saudi Arabia embassy.

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Passport for Infant with UK Citizen Father and US Citizen Mother

by Suzanne
(Kansas City, MO)

Question: We are wanting to apply for a US passport for our two month old son Andrew. I am a US citizen born here, raised here. His father is a UK citizen, born and raised UK. Andrew was born in Kansas City, MO where we both are currently living. We are waiting for fiance visa application submission before the father is able to come here.

I am wanting to know the proper procedure and paperwork regarding what his father has to do to give permission for the passport? I am actually applying for it so we can all go to see all of the family in England. Is the special circumstances form sufficient with just my signature? I was talking with Mark and they do not have notaries in England, so I do not know how to handle this. Or does he not really have to do anything since he is not a US citizen?

Answer: If only one parent appears at the time the application for a minor's passport is submitted, then a notarized Form DS-3053 must also be submitted for the non-applying parent.

According to the U.S. Embassy in London, the form can be notarized by a U.S. Notary Public, British Notary Public, or British Solicitor. The notary or solicitor must place his/her official seal upon the document. The U.S. Embassy in London can also notarize Form DS-3053. In addition to the Form DS-3053, the absent parent must provide proof of identity.

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