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My family will be cruising the Conquest this Summer. We will have 5 kids ages 8mo - 10 yrs I was recently told they would have to have 2 forms of ID - one a photo ID. True not True??? Age which it may start?? Any info would be appreciated I've got a copy of all the birth certificates.

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It might be a PITA, but a passport is the way to go. http://travel.state.gov/passport/get...inors_834.html

Special Requirements for Children Under Age 14 Minor Children must Apply in Person

All children regardless of age (including newborns and infants) must have their own passport.
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I agree, passports would be the way to go, especially if you plan any more cruises in the future, plus they are good for 10 years.
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Not only for cruise. but also for just leaving the USA.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.

December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
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My family will be cruising the Conquest this Summer. We will have 5 kids ages 8mo - 10 yrs I was recently told they would have to have 2 forms of ID - one a photo ID. True not True??? Age which it may start?? Any info would be appreciated I've got a copy of all the birth certificates.

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I leave for cruise Sunday with three kids. We thought we only needed the birth certs with a raised seal....DO we photo id for the kids???
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Trying to avoid the passport route because this will probably be a one time thing (its a gift). I guess to the pp will you let me know if just a BC worked?

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Passports are a good thing and you might think this cruise is a one time thing but you never know. Passports for children 15 and under are only good for 5 years. If this is not an option maybe you could get each of them a public library card. Two of my sons use to use theirs all the time. Does the DMV still issue government ID cards? This might be another option.
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We were told by our TA that birth certificates were the only documents necessary for our 2 kids, 10&5.
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We went on a cruise 2 yrs ago with two grandchildren( ages 5 & 9 then), and all we needed was their original birth certificate...not a copy! Also, my daughter had written a letter of authorization saying we had permission to take the children out of the US and also gave us permission to have them treated in case of an emergency. Daughter and son-in-law both signed this and she had it signed by a notary.
We had no problems leaving Jacksonsville FL for our cruise, but when we came back and we went thru the customs line, the officer asked each child what their FULL name was, what their Mother & Father's name was ,and the date of birth. The 9 yr boy had no problems, but when he asked the 5 yr girl, she got scared and looked like she was about to cry. Of course, the big brother didn't like that, so he started telling the officer her name, etc. When the officer told him that she had to answer for herself, my husband picked her up and sat her on the counter so she was face to face with the official. She had no problem with the name, of course, and she didn't have a problem with the Month and date of her birthday, but the year was beyond her. He asked her once more what year she was born, the big brother, looked the man square in the eye and said, " You're scaring my sister, she was born June 2nd and she just turned 5 years old, can't you see what year she was born on the paper?" The official got so tickled that he patted our grandson on the head and told him what a good brother he was. HAHA
I also took the paper that my daugher signed with us whenever we left the ship, just in case of a medical emergency.
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ID's for Kids ! My daughter has a business that makes photo ID's for kids
that's used in school systems and many other places where an ID comes in handy or is required. One copy of the Id goes to the Mother/Father. Guardian and the other is carried by the 'kid' or somewhere in his/her belongings.
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Hi there,
We are headed on the Triumph 05/06/06. We will be heading to Miami
to board our cruise. We are Canadian and we're told that we (including 2 children) would all definetly need passports for the cruise portion. I beleive if you look on the most recently asked questions link on your cruiselines home page, you will find your answer.

Hope this helps!
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Hi there,
We are headed on the Triumph 05/06/06. We will be heading to Miami
to board our cruise. We are Canadian and we're told that we (including 2 children) would all definetly need passports for the cruise portion. I beleive if you look on the most recently asked questions link on your cruiselines home page, you will find your answer.

Hope this helps!
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U.S. citizens - children under age 16 only need the birth certificate - it must be a full-sized copy- the wallet sized ones don't work any more. It must either have a raised seal or watermark to make it official. If you have a school or sports id for your older child its a good idea to bring it along, only because if heaven forbid you should get separated, you would have a current photo.
After 12/06 everyone regardless will need a passport to cruise
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Actually. a CERTIFIED copy is what you will have. It's either got the raised seal and/or the newer ones are copied on special, watermarked paper. It's the original HOSPITAL birth certificate that cannot be accepted. Usually you will see the baby's footprints on that one.

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We went on a cruise 2 yrs ago with two grandchildren( ages 5 & 9 then), and all we needed was their original birth certificate...not a copy! Also, my daughter had written a letter of authorization saying we had permission to take the children out of the US and also gave us permission to have them treated in case of an emergency. Daughter and son-in-law both signed this and she had it signed by a notary.
We had no problems leaving Jacksonsville FL for our cruise, but when we came back and we went thru the customs line, the officer asked each child what their FULL name was, what their Mother & Father's name was ,and the date of birth. The 9 yr boy had no problems, but when he asked the 5 yr girl, she got scared and looked like she was about to cry. Of course, the big brother didn't like that, so he started telling the officer her name, etc. When the officer told him that she had to answer for herself, my husband picked her up and sat her on the counter so she was face to face with the official. She had no problem with the name, of course, and she didn't have a problem with the Month and date of her birthday, but the year was beyond her. He asked her once more what year she was born, the big brother, looked the man square in the eye and said, " You're scaring my sister, she was born June 2nd and she just turned 5 years old, can't you see what year she was born on the paper?" The official got so tickled that he patted our grandson on the head and told him what a good brother he was. HAHA
I also took the paper that my daugher signed with us whenever we left the ship, just in case of a medical emergency.
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