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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:21 PM
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Can comeone please tell me.....we are going on a 4 day cruise in April to Key West and Cozumel. Does my 8 year old require a passport. I have heard conflicting things. I've heard that if you have a certified copy of a birth certificate that a passport is not needed?

Help???? I'm running out of time if a passport is needed.
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Easy............NO PASSPORT NEEDED...........certified copy of birth certificate with raised seal will do just fine


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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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It wouldn't hurt to make sure she is sitting on your knee in the picture when you renew your passport.
At that young age government issued picture is not avaialable that I know of and will not be required with you and her dad present.
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We take our kids down to the DMV and get them an ID card. It is a very inexpensive way to get a government issued ID. Plus they get a kick out of showing everyone their "drivers license"
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I thought you had to be 16 even for an ID.
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Rinker that may very well be the case in your state. In Indiana it doesn't matter. We got d/s's first ID when he was 1 year old, and redo them every few years so the pictures are more recent.
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Some info I found on the State Departments web site, id suggest going to it and reading

Special Requirements for Children Under Age 16 Minor Children must Apply in Person

All children regardless of age (including newborns and infants) must have their own passport.
http://travel.state.gov/passport/get...inors_834.html

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The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
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U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document, or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. DHS also proposes to begin alternative procedures for U.S. and Canadian children at that time.
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At a later date, to be determined, the departments will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have either a U.S. passport; a U.S. passport card; a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI; a valid Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or a valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders.
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Rinker that may very well be the case in your state. In Indiana it doesn't matter. We got d/s's first ID when he was 1 year old, and redo them every few years so the pictures are more recent.
Actually, I dunno. My kid last saw 16 ten years ago. In fact, he beat me to the passport game about 6 years ago when we sent him to BVI.
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