We are about to apply an US Passport Card for Baby Jin. The Passport Card is much cheaper to apply compare to the Passport Book. Since this is sort of a new identification in the US (at this time), we weren’t able to find too much resources that specifically address baby’s application. Therefore we decide to write a summary about it. Now the info below apply to babies (or anyone under age of 16), who are citizens and had never apply an US passport book before.
Keep in mind: Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. NOT by air travel. The reason we are applying the Passport Card instead of the Book, is because our baby will not be traveling by air, both the Card and Book valid for only 5-years, considering $105 (Book) vs $40 (Card), the Card is more affordable.
What you will need:
- The Cost & Validity: As of 2014, the cost to apply a Minor’s Passport Card will be: $40 (valid for 5 years) VS adult/16+ will be $30-55 (valid 10 yrs).
- Which form to use: Since your baby has never had a U.S. passport book, you must apply in person using Form DS-11.
- Proof of Citizenship: A Birth Certificate (or Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship… etc.).
Present Identification (2nd identification): Social Security Card.
- Photocopy: Photocopy of Identification documents mentioned above (Birth Certificate + Social Security Card). Photocopy must be in letter size plain white paper, both sides of ID copies needed, no double sized copy, enlargement-ok, no size decrease of the original documents.
- Passport Photo: 2 x 2 inches color print, taken within the last 6 months in front of a plain white or off-white background. With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open.
- Where to File in-person: You have two options,
- Processing Time: Routine 4-6 weeks, Expedited 2-3 weeks, Expedited at Agency 5 business days.
Hope it helps!