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Don’t Fret – Advice On How To Get A Passport For Your Infant

By Ben Pate

Every once in a while, it just so happens that your pregnancy and travel plans coincide. And sometimes those travel plans require a passport. Many mothers and families wonder how they will obtain a passport for infants for a child that was literally just delivered. They must follow the same rules as other citizens, but with a few notable exceptions. If you find yourself with a due date that is uncomfortably close to your departure date, there are some things you can do. However, being prepared can make things significantly easier when it gets close to travel time.

Since each country has their own rules and regulation, it is wise to investigate the rules that apply in the country you reside. The United States requires the presentation of an official birth certificate for the issuance of a newborn passport. The presentation of a birth announcement or some hospital paperwork will not suffice. While it can take a month or so to get your baby’s birth certificate if left to the tradition mail service, this process will go a lot quicker if a visit is paid to the courthouse located in the birth county.

A social security number, though asked for, is not necessary when completing a passport application for the newborn. A social security number can take months to get, so the government allows for parents to use eight “0′s” in place of a social security number. The time spent waiting on a social security number depends on how the child was delivered, for example, if it was delivered by means of a mid-wife or at a hospital. Passport processing and delivery can also be expedited, even without a social security number. While it may cost extra to get passports expedited, you may need to if your travel date is getting close.

Now we come to the passport photo. Yes, your newborn will have to say “cheese” just like an adult with a few special requirements. A baby’s eyes must be open and any head covering is forbidden. This is to insure identification any boarder agent must make concerning hair and eye color. Call ahead before rushing off to the photographer as there may be special arrangements that need to be made to accommodate a newborn photo shoot.

While an adult’s passport is valid for ten years, a newborn passport is valid only five years. A child’s appearance will certainly change drastically within those five years and while this does not require a new picture be taken, it does limit the life of the passport to five years.

With proper information and planning, everything can be made a lot easier when you need newborn United States passports. Get all your plans in order to a speedy delivery and a speedy infant passport.

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Pate, Ben "Don’t Fret – Advice On How To Get A Passport For Your Infant." Don’t Fret – Advice On How To Get A Passport For Your Infant. 3 Jul. 2010. 6 Oct 2014 <>.

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