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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 07:47 AM   1
Bevziibubble
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Getting passports for children


We were thinking about going on holiday abroad next year but will need to sort passports for the kids. Is it a complicated process? When I got my passport 6 years ago they wanted so many documents and then I had to travel to Manchester to answer a load of questions in an interview. Is it going to be the same with the kids since they've never had passports yet?

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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 08:08 AM   2
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I'm pretty sure they just needed me and my husbands passport numbers plus the kids birth certificates.
It was pretty straightforward and even my daughters photo with her arm blurred was accepted. (She was a baby and wouldn't stay still, lol)
Ours came back within a week as well which surprised me.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 08:16 AM   3
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Nope, it was really easy (and I'm not even a UK citizen). You just fill out the application and send in with photos and the long form birth certificate. I'm not a British citizen, though my husband and daughter are, so in theory for us it should be more complicated than normal as they have to run special checks to verify my identity as a parent, but I think it took maybe 4 weeks and we just got it in the post. This was back when there was that massive backlog of passport applications a few years ago. I've never heard of anyone having to go for an interview.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 08:32 AM   4
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Dead easy.

I completed the form online, sent photos (one needs to be signed on the back by someone to say "this a is true likeness" etc & birth certificates. Passports were sent back 2/3 weeks later



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 08:55 AM   5
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We were thinking about going on holiday abroad next year but will need to sort passports for the kids. Is it a complicated process? When I got my passport 6 years ago they wanted so many documents and then I had to travel to Manchester to answer a load of questions in an interview. Is it going to be the same with the kids since they've never had passports yet?

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No it won't be like that. Had you never had a passport previously? That is why you needed an interview.
I have only ever had an adult british passport so also had to attend the interview.x



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 08:56 AM   6
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I'd never had a passport before so it was my first one. I need to change mine to my married name and my husband needs to renew his!



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 09:46 AM   7
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You don't legally have to change it to your married name. You can travel in your maiden name until it expires.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 11:46 AM   8
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I got 4 passport forms from the post office earlier so I'll start filling them out. I'm not sure who to get to sign the photos as there was a sign in our local Dr's saying that they don't do this.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 13:56 PM   9
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I got 4 passport forms from the post office earlier so I'll start filling them out. I'm not sure who to get to sign the photos as there was a sign in our local Dr's saying that they don't do this.
You can use any 'professional' i.e nurse, teacher, policeman. Do you have any friends in those types of occupations?

If you have access to a printer, apply online, rather than a form. You can't fill it in wrong then! You just print the last pages, sign & get the countersignatory to sign then send it all in.

As a PP said, you don't need to change your passport into your married name legally. Just book holidays in your maiden name. I got married 7 years ago and my passport runs out next month (so had 7 years left & refused to pay for a full new one!) I have only just applied for a change of name.



 
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Old Mar 31st, 2017, 04:08 AM   10
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Online is the easiest way I think, then it's just printing the declaration and sending off with photos and counter signature. The hardest thing for us was figuring out who could sign!



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