What To Do To Get A New Child Passport

by erin on July 7, 2011

A passport is issued by the government as proof of being an American citizen. It allows one to travel to other lands securely and with the belief that the US government will look after her citizens. When a child gets to travel abroad, he gets a rewarding experience that makes him a better individual. If you want to get a child passport for one of our children, read on. This short article will show you how easy it is to get one.

Online Application

The application form for your child can be downloaded for free from the Internet. The name of this document is Form DS-11. When you finish filling out the form, you have to submit in person to any acceptance center. Bring your child with you because he needs to be there personally. This document cannot be mailed.

Birth Certificate

The main document that will support the application is a birth certificate. It must be certified with an official seal by the office where it came from. It must contain the full names of you and your partner as well as the full name and place and date of birth of your child.

Application Fee

After submitting the documents, they will be inspected. When you are asked to pay for the application fee, it means that you have satisfied the documentary requirements. This will be good news. Aside from the application fee, you might want to pay for the express delivery of the new document. All in all, the average time you will spend in the application center should be less than half a day. The new passport that you will be getting is good for five years. There is a rule that says that all passports issued to children less than 15 years will expire five years from approval

Wait Time

The time to wait for the document to arrive is from a month or a month and a half. To avoid the pressure of applying in a rush, get the passport even when there is no scheduled plan to travel. When the holidays are approaching, or when school break is near, a lot of people line up to apply for their passports. By applying early, you will avoid this line.

Expedite Process

There are circumstances that may require your child to travel sooner. In this situation, you can pay an extra amount for expedited processing. In this transaction, you can reduce the waiting time to only two to three weeks.

Tracking System

When you want to know what processing step it is in, your may do so online. This tracking system requires that you log in using your last name, the last four characters of your social security number and your birth date.

Child Documents

There is actually nothing difficult about getting a child passport. The only hard part is waiting for it to arrive and that is only if you are impatient. You can take it easy by applying for the new passport now even if the nearest travel date is still next year. After you submit the passport renewal application form together with your child’s documents, you can forget about it and in no time, the new document will arrive by mail.

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