Little T received his passport at 5 weeks old! We already have a trip planned. Getting an infant passport is detailed, but not difficult.
How to Get an Infant Passport
Visit the State Department website for instructions on minor passports. Don’t take my word for it or any other blogger. This site will have the most current requirements.
Again, it’s detailed but it’s not hard. Read the information carefully and follow the steps.
Important Things to Note
What you need to start the process: the birth certificate and the Social Security Number. We were at the city records office the first day the certificate was available and had the passport application filled out the moment Little T’s Social Security card arrived.
Same cost as adults but only 5-year validity. Bummer, I know but those are the rules for minors.
Two forms of payment due. You have to pay the State Department for the passport plus the facility that’s accepting your application, whether that is a post office or somewhere else. You can’t write one check for everything. The application wizard on the State Department site (called “Form Filler”) will tell you what you need to pay.
The child must appear when you apply. You cannot file the application by yourself.
BOTH parents must appear to apply or you must have special documentation. See the State Department site for details. In most cases you will need a notarized form from the other parent or court documents if you have sole legal authority. This is to make sure one parent isn’t taking the kid out of the country without the other’s consent.
Special rules for infant pictures. Visit the State Department site for details. But note that infants do not have to be looking directly at the camera, nor do their eyes have to be fully open. Sometimes passport photo places don’t know these rules.
You can take the picture yourself. Visit the State Department site for details and a video. Check out these handy instructions as well. We took Little T’s picture ourselves — we got a white sheet for his crib for this reason.
You can do it! Even if you don’t have a trip planned, a passport is a handy thing to have. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments!