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Old March 17th, 2007, 12:05 AM
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My sister [age 74] wanted to get a passport in 5 weeks [that's when we sail] however, the passport office told me they have suspended expeditied applications due to the huge influx of applications. We have a certified birth certificate but name on it says Baby Girl Smith instead of Mary Smith. She has been able to use for Social Security, Medicare, driver's license, voter registration etc, and we have all that documentation. I called Royal Caribbean 3 times, the first two times they said she probably could not sail and the 3rd time they said yes, she can, it is a certified birth certificate and she has a driver's license. Had I know before today, about the name I would have never booked, but hindsight is 20/20 and we have to deal with this. What are the chances that they will let her on the ship.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:23 PM
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The following is taken from Royal Caribbean's site:



U.S. Citizen Passport Requirement
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ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport to enter (or re-enter) the United States.

U.S. lawful permanent residents will continue to be able to use their Alien Registration Card (Form I-551) issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other valid evidence of permanent residence status to apply for entry to the United States.


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* As early as January 1, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. And as early as January 1, 2008.,subject to U.S. Government amendment U.S. and Canadian citizens 15 or younger with their parents consent may cross the U.S. / Canadian border by land or sea with a certified copy of their birth certificate.



Until that time, the following travel document requirements apply:

Domestic Travel

* For domestic travel which includes: the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, a passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended.
* In the absence of a passport, a birth certificate (original or certified copy), plus a laminated picture ID card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency is required. Note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth (except for new borns) are not acceptable.
* For U.S. Naturalized citizens, in the absence of a passport, Naturalization papers (either original or notarized copy) plus a picture ID card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency is required.
* A voter registration card or Social Security Card are not considered to be proof of citizenship.
* Children under 16 years of age do not require a picture ID
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Yes, have read this but the kicker is she does have a certified birth certificate that says Baby Girl and her driver's license says Mary Ann. I suppose we could plead ignorance and say but your website says certified and does not exclude birth certificates that have baby Girl or Baby Boy. We have found out since original post you cannot get a passport with Baby Girl as name, you have to get an amended birth certificate removing the Baby Girl. The state requires only one document in order to change the name [adding is what they call it] they give you 10 different documents that are acceptable, but the only one we have right now is my certified birth certificate [I have a passport] It isn't cheap especially with expedite fees and Fed-X, but it is our only choice as of now. There is a chance we will not get the amended BC in time and the only choice will be to bring the Baby Girl certificate and plead ignorance at the pier, and pray with the documentation she has to back it up they will let her sail. I feel very bad that when I first booked the cruise and asked her if she had one and she said yes that I didn't ask what the name said. I had never heard of a birth certificate that only says baby girl or baby boy, and she didn't think it was important. She was born during depression era and I suppose my Mom and Dad didn't know it had to be changed someday. She went 74 years with it that way.
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My mother just went to get her passport on 3/15/07 and she was able to get it expedited!
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my only suggestion would be to keep after the state, see if you can expidite the ammended birth certificate. I would also call immigration department in your state to get a difinitive answer, and get it in writing.
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At this stage of the game I would just get the birth certificate amended and forget about the passport. I can't believe I said that.

It will be much faster to just take care of the birth certificate. The wait is too long for passports, at this time, and your issue will only increase your chances of not receiving the passport in time for the cruise.

Contact the county that issued your sister's birth certificate to have it amended. She will probably need to provide all the supporting documentation she has such as, existing birth certificate, driver's license, marriage/divorce records, and someone to vouch for her in order to make it happen.

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I would see about amending the birth certificate as well. I know people as well that have baby girl so and so on the birth certificate and just having it amended to state the legal name they go by now is not a big task. Especially since they can connect the documents together through there system.
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