Getting a passport for a child before you actually need it can eliminate much of the stress of going through the application process and paying expediting fees. There are plenty of other things to worry about when traveling with young children. A tip for taking a proper passport photo of an infant too young to sit in front of a white back ground is to lay them on a white sheet, snap a photo. I used one of the many passport photo apps on the iPhone, and the pictures were accepted without any issue.
- Every child traveling out of the country needs to have a passport.
- A child’s passport is valid for 5 years.
- Applications for minors, under 16 year of age, must be submitted in person. Both parents/ guardians must appear with the minor, or if only one can make it, he/ she must bring a notarized consent form (DS-3053) from the other parent. For single parent/ guardian situations you can get more information here.
What you need to apply for a child’s passport:
- Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
- Photo Identification
- Parental Consent
- Passport Photo
- Application Forms
- Passport Fees
How much does it cost?
The simplest option, currently, is $105. There is an $80 Passport Book Fee, and a $25 Execution Fee.
Of course various other fees may be paid for expedited processing, shipping, extra pages and more.