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Passport without SSN
by: Emily

Question: I understand a baby can get a passport without an SSN but what I would like to know is How long is a passport valid when the the SSN is 000-00-0000?

We are stationed overseas but are adopting a US infant and need her passport ASAP but also would for it not to expire for at least 2 years.

Answer: A child's passport is typically valid for 5 years.

Newborn's passport
by: Anonymous

Answer: My sister is in the USA about to give birth, to get a USA passport, does she need the baby's father to be with her?

Answer: Not necessarily. If the father's name will be printed on the birth certificate, his presence or consent will be required. If not, the mother may apply for the child's passport without the father.

by: Ashley

Question: Hi, I want to apply for an American passport for my kids of 4 and 5 years, but they don't have any SSN what do I enter on the DS-11 form when it asks me for the SSN?

Answer: Providing the SSN is voluntary but lacking an SSN in the application may cause delays in processing. The SSN is used to verify the identity of a passport applicant. If you insist on applying for the passports without SSNs, you may write zeros in the spaces and include a signed statement with the following:

"I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: (Child's full name) has never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration."

Requirements for passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I would like to know if the birth certificate is a must to apply for a passport for a newborn. My child won't be getting her birth certificate until in September but due to leaving the country before that I would like to apply for her passport while the birth certificate is being processed.

Answer: A birth certificate issues by the city/state the child was born in is required as evidence of U.S. citizenship. A social security number/card is also a requirement.

Lost social security card
by: Anonymous

Question: I applied back in May 2016 for my children's passports. I received the passport and the passport card but I just noticed I NEVER received their social security cards in the mail. How may I obtain them?

Answer: Supporting documents are mailed back to applicants. If you have not received them by now, they were probably lost in the mail. You can call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative. You will probably need to apply for new SS cards. You can get more information on the website of the Social Security Administration.

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