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Does my baby need a passport?

Parents could once include their children in their own passports for travel purposes. But children are now required to have their own passport regardless of the age. This applies to those who never had a passport before and are not included in their parent’s passport. For those who are included in their parent’s passport, this will take effect once the adult passport needs to be renewed or updated.
To apply for your baby's passport, you will required to have a completed application form, original copy of your baby's birth certificate, 2 certified photos and a proof of you or your spouse's nationality or immigration status. Proofs can be your birth certificate, passport or your home or office certification. Your best bet is to go to a pharmacy that takes photos – they will ensure that the picture meets specifications when it comes to photos that will be used for important documents such as the passport.
When applying for a passport for your baby, remember that it is not a one-minute process, so make sure to file your application as early as possible, especially if you have any plans of travelling with your baby. Passport applications may take about 3 weeks to be processed, but it can take even up to 6 weeks for those who are making new applications. But your baby's passport will last for up to five years from the date it was issued and the renewal will not take as long as the original application process.

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