Same Day Kids Passports Are Possible
In some cases, you may not have had time to acquire a passport for your child but this does not mean you will have to alter your plans. It is possible to apply for same day kids passports.
The application form you need is available online. When filling it out, it is important to carefully check all completion requirements. For example you should only sign the document once you have been instructed to do so by the passport agent. Most forms will specify at what point you have to sign and what information to include.
The next step is to make sure you have the proper identification for your child. A birth certificate is the preferred document to be used for this purpose. If you have an expired passport for your child, you can also use it as a form of identification if it is in good condition. Another important requirement is that both parents or guardians must be present or must provide a notarized letter providing permission for the child’s travel.
Once the relevant identification documentation has been presented, you need to acquire two passport photos. You need to ensure that this done in accordance with governmental passport requirements. The rules can change and it is important to make sure you are aware of the current requirements. If the pictures are not taken properly, the process will be delayed.
Proof of Travel Date
It is also helpful to prove the immediate need for your child’s passport by providing an itinerary or tickets showing the departure date. Assistance to receive an immediate passport is readily available but you must prove your need for such a service. If a child is travelling with you on a business trip, your employer can provide itinerary information.
Submission of Documents and Fees
After all your documents are together and completed, you can submit them with the appropriate fee. There will most likely be an additional fee for expedited service but in an emergency, this service is well worth the price paid. Submission can occur at your local passport agency, your local post office or at a courthouse. After they have processed your paperwork, they will return the documents to you in a sealed envelope. You need to keep it sealed or the documents will be voided.
This package is then submitted to the company handling the application process for you. It is very important to ensure that the company you use has been approved by the federal government as a passport agency. You do not want to risk your identification or the identification of your children to a company without this certification.