Baby Weekly Flyer applied for a passport for the first time this week. Passports with pictures are needed for infants to travel internationally, even to the Bahamas. So with an upcoming international trip next year, Baby Weekly Flyer, Mrs Weekly Flyer and myself (Weekly Flyer), headed to our local Passport Acceptance Facility to get Baby’s first passport.
The first thing we did was read up on how others got their baby or little one a passport. Mommy Points has a great overview of their experience at her blog.
First things first. We made sure to have the following information and material before going to the Passport Acceptance Facility:
- Baby Weekly Flyer’s Social Security Number
- A completed (but not signed) DS 11 form – you’ll need to sign the form at the office in front of the agent
- Both parent’s proof of citizenship
- Baby Weekly Flyer’s Birth Certificate to prove relationship
- A Baby Passport size photograph – we did this at the post office for a small fee
Our Experience At The Post Office
We showed up promptly for our appointment. The line was empty and there were two clerks available to assist us. They appeared surprised we were (1) on time and (2) had all of the required material available. Once the paperwork was confirmd we headed to the separate passport room where the picture would be taken.
The room was small with only a seat, a white screen and a digital camera. The seat would be difficult for any infant or small child, so we brought a bumbo chair. We held the chair, for safety, in front of the camera and put baby in it for the picture.
Alternatively, they could have put baby on the floor with a white cloth behind, but we would not recommend this based on the cleanliness of this particular room. A different approach would be to get your pictures taken at Walgreens or another location and show up with everything required.
The last step was a little weird. We were instructed to raise our right hands an swear that all of the information we provided was correct.
Once we completed the paperwork, took the picture, and swore on the information, we were on our way.
Applying your baby or infant for a passport is easy. If you prepare the materials in advance, the process will go quickly. Hopefully the passport application will be fulfilled as quickly.
The next step is to get Baby Weekly Flyer Global Entry. According to the Global Entry folks, parents cannot go through Global Entry with an infant that doesn’t have it. We’ll be sure to report back on how that Global Entry interview goes for Baby Weekly Flyer.