We recently had the opportunity to take our family to the all-inclusive resort, Beaches, in Turks & Caicos. Neither of my girls had passports, so I set out on a quest to figure out how to get them. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but I’m divorced from their father, so that added another layer of complexity. In this post, I’ll guide you through the passport process. Happy Travels!
Before You Get Started:
Every child, regardless of age, needs a passport to travel out of the US. Passports for children under 16, are valid for 5 years. If your child has never had a passport before, you must apply in person. The child must be present and BOTH parents/guardians must be present. If one parent is unable to be present, there is a consent form. My ex-husband was present and I had a consent form, just in case, because we were going overseas and it made me more comfortable. The consent form must be notarized.
What You’ll Need to Apply For Your Child’s Passport:
- Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
- Evidence of Parental Relationship
- Photo Identification
- Parental Consent
- Passport Photo
- Application Forms
- Passport Fees
US Passport Application Forms:
What Type of Passport Does My Child Need?
You can obtain a passport card or a passport book for you child. The passport card is not valid for International air travel. So, if you’re planning on traveling by air for your vacation, you will need to have a passport book for your child. The passport book is the only passport valid for International air travel.
Here’s a list of passport fees and how to properly pay for them.
Traveling with your children is one of the most amazing gifts you can give them. We took our first trip as a blended family in October of 2015. You can read all about here + some tips for traveling as a blended family. I’ve also shared some tips on how to pack for a beach vacation for adults and children.
*Note- This was not a sponsored post. I wrote this post in order to be a help to traveling families.