Help - My daughter can't get on ship without picture I.D.
My family of 5 is scheduled to leave for Puerto Rico June 14 going on a 7-day out of San Juan. We DID order passports 14 weeks ago, but they never arrived. Tried to expedite today, with no luck. We do, however, have birth certs which should be enough. Called RCL just to be sure today, and found out my 17 yr. old will not be allowed on the ship without a picture I.D. Yikes, unfortuately no time to get one. Anyone have experience getting on a ship w/o picture I.D.? Should I chance it or just cut my loses now and cancel. I can still get airfare reimbursed, but not for cruise. Any ideas out there?
We live in a tiny town that does not have shcool ids until high school. When I took my middle school son, we when to the MVA and got a photo id. They issue what looks like a drivers license for not drivers. I think they call in a state id. Once he had a school photo id,he used that.
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Thanks to all of you for the good ideas. Update: I'm in California, and the quickest turnaround on a State I.D. is 10 days. When I called RCCL, they told me a student ID would not work, however, I just went through the set sail online checkin and it does show "student ID" as one of the choices for a Federal, State or Local Government-issed photo ID. I'm assuming that means "school" is considered Local or State Government. If anyone has recent experience of a 16 or 17 year old using a student ID, I'd love the reassurance. In any case, we're going for it and hoping that we won't run into any snags. Thanks again.
In CA, a learner's permit does not qualify for ID, the picture is awful. Shawnal, might want to apply for that state ID anyway, she is supposed to have one after 16. Oh, and if she's been in a public school, then yes, her school id is "local government"
Awful picture or not, the learners permit may be adequate to get on the cruise ship. They don't usually care if the state recognizes something as an ID. If you can't get anything better, take it with you.
My 14 year old got on with her student ID and original birth certificate for our May 28th Carnival cruise. No questions during embarkation...only confirmed from her her birthdate at Customs. I hope this worry is all for naught! Have a great cruise!
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