All travelers must have a passport, and yes, that includes babies, infants, and toddlers. You’ll want to make sure you apply early, as routine passport processing can take 4-6 weeks. If you need a passport for your toddler faster than 6 weeks, you may want to use an expedited option. Passports for Toddlers, Infants, Children, and ALL Minors are always considered ‘New Minor Passport’ applications. You can review the checklist and process for Expedited Passports for Toddlers (minors).
Minors passports are only valid for 5 years, whereas an adult passport is good for 10 years. Proof of citizenship is required for all passport applicants. This documentation will usually be the birth certificate or naturalization paperwork. All documentation must be certified copies or originals. Click here if you need to learn how to replace a missing birth certificate. Applying for passports for toddlers is fairly easy since you should have all the required documents. If you are applying for an infant and your child does not yet have a social security number, you can use all zeros.
Parental Consent is required, so both parent and guardians MUST be present during the application process. The applicant is also required to be present.
As we mentioned, every traveler must have a passport. There are even specific requirement for passports for adopted children as well as passport name change due to adoption. Passport photo requirements also have specific instructions, so follow them carefully.