We will be sailing in May, one month after our daughter turns 16 yrs. old. She will not have her driver's license yet, so what do we use for picture ID? We will have her birth certificate which we have used before on many cruises...will that be enough for a 16 yr. old?
I have to change my first statement. She must have an official photo id. She can obtain a State ID card. All states issue this. It looks similar to a drivers license but can only be used for identification purposes. You should obtain one as soon as possible.
This is from the Carnival website:
In addition to the above requirements, all guests 16 years of age or older, must provide an official photo I.D.
Sorry for the incorrect first statement.
Things are changing: Get the passports and avoid all the confusion.
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Our daughter was sixteen on our last cruise. She didn't need an ID. Next month she will turn l7 and we are cruising a couple days after her birthday. She still doesn't have her liscense and probably won't. Will that be a problem?
Just to be sure, I would try to get an id card from the DMV. Hopefully, they can get you one before your cruise. My son has a DL, and I've written down notes everywhere to be sure to bring it..........it's one of those things you really don't think about bringing since he won't be driving.
That's what we did for my son. He is 16 and not driving yet. We got him a non-driver's ID card. It cost about $6.00 and took about half an hour to get. We had to provide his birth certificate, his SS card, and proof of our address.
I'd go to my local DMV office with all the stuff needed to get a driver's license and get the non-driver's license ID. Looks just the same, but says ID ONLY. I agree with the other posters that say to get a passport, but remember if you get one for a 16 yo, it will only be good for 5 years. If it were me and I was cruising before Dec, 2005, I'd get the official ID, no a school ID only, and wait until after 16 to get the passport. It's good for 10 years after the age of 16.......
Don't know which cruiseline you were on, Lizzy, but I'm shocked they allowed your 16 yo on without an ID. They state you must have a picture ID, so I would be sure and get one before you sail.
And yes, a passport is the way to go.
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Last year we went on RCL to Alaska(not sure where you are going) and I was only 16 at the time and didn't have a drivers license yet and just brought my school ID and that worked just fine. Just go with what you feel is best.
A school ID is acceptable as it is issued by a type of Government agency as in school. Just remember the main thing is that wil the new rules comming uo for next year, get your US Passport. It is going to be pretty much a requiremnet for most places and soon required to go anywhere. We here at CM have been lobbying for everyone to get them quickly as we knew this was comming. It actually go here a little earlier than we though I guess. Just get the Passport folks.
My daughter was 16 on RCCL last summer. We were told that a school ID was adequate as long as it was from a public school and not a private one. That is what we took. Of course, they never ask to see it.
When I Questioned the cruise line, they referred me to immigration (?). It was an official agency that told me that a public HS ID was ok. We live in Jersey and the motor vicles dept told me they ony issue non-driving ID s to 17 and older.
Just returned from Mexican Riveria on NCL Star. Our 17 yr old had his D.L. Did not have to show ID for our 15 year old or 11 year old twins. When they give you your sail/sign card they take a photo ID for ship identification. I did have my 15 year olds school ID and my twins soccer ID's but never needed them. We do not have passports only birth certificates. You should not have any problem. If you do have a school card or sports card take just in case.
After all my big talk, now I'M a little worried. I did take my son for his non-driver's license several weeks ago, but it hasn't come in the mail yet and we leave tomorrow.
We do have his birth certificate, his public school picture ID, and we have a paper copy of his non-driver's license that has his picture on it. Will we be OK? I'm not sure how strict they are about these rules and I'm terrified we're going to get right up to the dock and get turned away for lack of a silly card. Durned DMV!!!