How to Get Your Baby a Passport So You Can Be Footloose and Fancy Free

Travelling with a newborn is easier than you might think.

For world travel, you will inevitably need a passport and so will your baby. When I was younger, I travelled on my mother’s passports, both Canadian and United Kingdom. Now, children and infants must have their own passports which lasts for at least 5 years.

Personally, I think this is silly. Children change so much from 0 – 5 years that a picture might not remain a reliable form of identification the entire time. For example, as an infant, I looked like a shrivelled Kim Jong Ung but by five, I started to resemble a reasonably cute little munchkin…or so I’m told. Regardless, rules are rules and your infant will need a passport.

The Passport Application and Paperwork

You can download the passport application form here and apply either my mail or in person at your nearest passport application office.

You will also need:

Passport Photo

You will need to get your infants passport photo taken at a studio that specializes in infant passport pictures. There are 19 rules and unique specification for passport photos which can make it tricky to get the perfect shot, especially with a baby. Use a commercial photographer who knows the rules and will automatically know what your passport application will require. There are many passport photography options: We chose Wal-Mart, but you can also visit Sears or Shopper’s Drug Mart.

If you apply for your child’s passport in person, you can pick it up from a passport office. When you apply, you will receive a receipt and a date for pick up. Alternatively, the passport can be sent to you via mail. It can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks to recieve your baby’s passport so ensure that you consider that time before planning your first trip with baby.

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Good luck and happy travel planning!

Previously published at The Adventures of Natty P & Co.




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I am a Freelance & Travel Writer and Urban Mama covering the adventures that take me around the world as well as the ones that happen right here in my hometown of Toronto, Canada. Follow me at The Adventures of Natty P & Co. as I discover international experiences, explore new motherhood and get inspired to take your next amazing adventure.