Everything you need to know to get your child a passport

Posted by Alina on Friday Feb 21, 2014 Under useful tips

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.

What you should know:

– 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:

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
  2. Photo Identification
  3. Parental Consent
  4. Passport Photo
  5. Application Forms
  6. 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.

For more in depth information and to download needed passport forms (which may be filled out online and then printed), please go straight to the source.

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100th day of Kindergarten

Posted by Alina on Monday Feb 17, 2014 Under projects/ activities

My son’s class was celebrating 100th day of school and the assignment was to put together 100 of anything in some fun way. We decided to take photographs of 100 books that he has read, and arrange them on a poster board. Henry laid out the books, I shot the pictures with my phone, uploaded to a local pharmacy photo printer, and an hour later we had the pics. Henry cut out a picture of each book, with a little assistance, and then he played with various arrangements. He found his favorite ¬†and got busy gluing. He was mighty proud upon completion of this project and loved talking about it at school.

100 books

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