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Newborn Passport and Traveling TipsThe short answer to that question is : yes.

All children, no matter what their age under 15-years-old need a child’s passport. We have made the process for getting kid’s passports streamlined.

Steps to Getting a Child’s Passport
Forms and Documentation You Will Need
Go to the State Department and fill out the DS-11 form online – do not sign.  Print two copies of the DS-11.
One is for Texas Tower and one is for the envelope the passport deputy is going to execute and seal for you.

Get two passport quality photos taken. If you have a local Walgreens, Kinko’s, or CVS – all of these facilities are familiar with taking passport photos.

You will need an original, certified birth certificate for the child.

A check payable to the Department of State for $140.

Next, you will need to provide a clear copy of the mother’s and father’s state-issued identification. If either parent cannot be present at the time of execution of the documents,  then a notarized Form DS-3053 is needed.

Now you need to provide proof of departure for the child. This is easiest to do in this format:

A. Copy of airline tickets
B. Company letter of expedite. (Sample Below)
C. Travel itinerary Sample Letter

Then you need to print two copies of the Texas Tower Authorization form. This gives us permission to expedite the passport process for you. One copy will go in the envelope to be sealed by the passport deputy. The other will go on the outside with the DS-11 copy you made for Texas Tower.

These are all the documents you should need to obtain your child’s passport.You will need to make an appointment with your local post office to have a passport deputy witness your signing of the DS-11 form, and seal your envelope with your documents for the passport office. If you are unsure where the nearest office is to your location, just go to You can find a complete list of local agencies at http://iafdb.travel.state.gov and you can find the most current list. The passport deputy will charge a fee of $25 for the execution of your documents.

Once the envelope is sealed by the passport deputy, do not open it again.
Ask for the envelope back and attach the copies of the forms you made for Texas Tower along with the authorization form to the outside of the envelope.  To see the current list of fees, please go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Then simply mail or overnight to Texas Tower and your passport for your child will be expedited.

Questions and Answers aboutWe process all types of passport requests here at Texas Tower. Renewing passports that have expired, helping people get their name changes done due to marriage, divorce, or other life change. And one of the most common types of questions we address on a daily basis has to do with passports for children. Here are some of the most common questions we get.

What are the requirements for a child’s passport?
The child must be from newborn to age 15.

Is it true newborns need a passport?
Yes. Even newborns need a passport in their own name.

What is the soonest departure date for a child’s passport?
Your departure date should be at least 3 days from the day you apply for a child’s passport.

What type of passport would a 16-year old need to apply for?
An individual age 16 and above will need to apply for an adult passport.

How fast can Texas Tower obtain a child’s passport?
Standard time service is 8-12 days and we can expedite the passport to receive in 24-hours.

How will I show proof of identity?
A certified birth certificate will be necessary. If you need one, our office can assist you in obtaining it from anywhere in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Will passport photos be necessary?
Yes you will need two passport-type photos. If you aren’t sure where to get them made, talk to us – we can assist you.

We want to help make travel with your kids as easy as possible, if you need passports for visas for young travelers – call us today 713-874-1420 or write us at info@texastower.net and one of our trained staff will be happy to assist you.

If you’ve done it, you know traveling with kids can be a real character builder. Babies don’t really care that you’re in first class or coach if the baby is unhappy for any reason, he or she is going to scream.

Ditto for your ever-honest 4-year-old traveling companion. We were told a story of a child causing a huge panic on a transatlantic flight when he saw the reddish sunset glinting off the wing of the plane out of his window, and announced very loudly the plane was on fire!
His parents said the stink-eye they received from the both the airline staff and the passengers was pretty unnerving for the rest of the flight. Their son slept through the rest of the flight never fully realizing the panic he caused.

Here are some traveling with kids stories you may have missed this week:

Tiniest Passport We Have Ever Seen
beanybaby1Could this be any cuter? As you know you need a passport for even a newborn to travel internationally. So these expectant parents created a tiny passport for their traveler who has not officially arrived yet.  They even got Beany Baby’s passport stamped. (So named because he or she is the size of a bean).
beanybabypassport
Read the whole story here at Travel and Leisure.

She’s Not Taking the Kids Afterall 
Then there are the parents that just decide traveling with little kids is way too much of a hassle. This Perth stepmother said a “paperwork bungle” prevented her from taking her two children, ages 4 and 6-years old, on a trip to Bali. So she left them at home with the front door unlocked. If you’re wondering how awesome that plan worked out, read the story here.

Excellent Tips for Traveling with Children
This article lays it out for traveling with kids AND having a great time doing it. Best takeaway : pair activities with eating. You absolutely cannot go wrong on that one.

Everyone Loves Safety Tips
And finally, staying safe ensures a great time for everyone. This is a great article about keeping your kids safe when catching rides in cabs and on public transportation. See the article here.