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So my cousin that lives in Boston is getting married in June. We're thinking of making it our vacation for the summer. So I was checking out passports...and he'd need one?!?! And I need a long-form birth certificate? I only got the short-form one! And he needs a picture? That is silly! He'll look different next month anyways.
All except the long form birth certificate. I heard that was coming into effect and got all my kids passports done. Now I just have to keep them up to date and renew them before they expire so I don't need to get that for them.
Getting an acceptable pic for a 7 month old was a job and a half! It took us so many tries and some places won't even do a baby. I finally found one place in the city who would do it and got it right on the first try, he was also the most expensive for the pic but after having retakes done so many times at Shoppers and being turned away from places like Costco and walmart it was worth the money.
If you order the birth certificate, you should get it quickly in the mail. I did it last year, so we only needed the short one, but that shouldn't be an issue. The picture can be tricky. It's really just about finding the right place to do it for you. We had ours done at Costco (he was a little older, maybe 12 months?, I don't remember). James only needed one take and it was painless. I agree that it's silly to have a picture for a baby, because they do change so much.
Timely thread! We are hoping to go on vacation this summer with the little one, so I need to start getting his passport sorted out. I am REALLY not looking forward to getting the pictures done. My son cannot sit still, ever!
Are you driving or flying. he only needs one if you are traveling by air. By land you need a birth certificate, and if dh isn't traveling with you a note.
With infant passports, they are a little more relaxed with all the 'rules' but the place you get them done will know what to do. I recommend NOT going to Walmart, the majority of all passport photos rejected are from Walmart!
Really?!?! Good to know! We're driving, and DH will be with us...I didn't know the rules would be different vs air travel...do you know if its a short-form or long-form birth certificate? And a website where I can find this info because I seem to have issues trying to find out any information
Just so you know you can take a child across the border in a car or a boat with just a birth certificate until they are 16 years old. I was surprised to learn it was that old! I'm sure you'll get Cam a passport before then, but if you aren't planning on flying with him anytime soon then there's no rush.