Max baby went to the Dominican Republic as a 9 week old. Which means he needed a passport! This was no easy feat. Getting an infant to take a passport picture is not easy. Oh and I’ll share the passport getting steps at the bottom of this post. First, let’s tackle the picture!
I made sure he was wide awake and fed and drove him to CVS where I assumed the picture people would have some baby picture secret weapon. Here’s what happened:
Yep, Max turned the head and fell fast asleep. I tried everything to wake this babe up. Even jingling those keys from the toy section in CVS. Nada. I did this 3 times, y’all! And then after the 3rd failed attempt at CVS, I decided to buy the gosh darn white poster board and do it at home! We had to do a few sessions to get a good one, but practice makes perfect! Here was session numero uno. Super cute, but no winners.
I did not want to go back to CVS without an awesome picture. And they are picky. Here’s what they are looking for:
- Eyes must be looking at camera
- No hats, glasses, etc…
- No limbs in the picture
- Must be able to see both ears
I did a few sessions and got about 5 pictures I thought were passport worthy, I drove back to CVS and had them print one of the pictures from my iPhone. It costs the same whether you or CVS takes the picture, but it was worth it to have the double check that it was good and print it in the exact format needed by the passport agency. Here’s the final Max baby passport picture:
Tips for taking a good baby passport picture:
- It’s much easier with 2 people
- Buy a white poster board
- Lay baby on poster board and do multiple photo shoots when baby is fed and awake
- Have the 2nd person hold the babies arms down
- Take at least 20 picture s in a row (Use the burst feature on your phone!)
- Don’t be scared to turn their head to look at the camera
- Have someone else tickle his nose to get him to look at the camera
Here are the tips in action:
After you get a few good pictures, take it to CVS and pay the $12 to get it printed in the proper format. Then, gather up these things:
- Baby passport picture (You will only need one)
- Baby certified birth certificate (Make sure birth certificate lists the names of the mom and dad)
- Mom and Dad’s driver licenses or passports (Make sure they are not expired. Also if using a DL, it must be a DL from the same state in which you are applying for the baby’s passport.)
- Both parents must be present
- This form (DS-11). Do it online, print and bring it to the office.
- Bring proof of travel. (An airline ticket will do the trick.) This is not always necessary, call ahead for deatils in your specific area.)
- Bring checks or cash. My passport place did not accept credit cards. You will need $80 (for passport book) and $25 (for execution fee).
- It costs $60 to expedite the passport.
- Bring all of these things to an acceptance facility near you. (Click here to find one!)
- And be prepared to wait once you get to the acceptance facility! You can make an appointment, but even with the appointment we still ended up waiting up 20 minutes.
Phew, I think that’s all folks! Anyone else had to get a baby a passport? How did the passport picture turn out? For the record, the dude at the acceptance agency said Max’s picture was the best baby passport picture he had ever seen! Go Max! Oh and you do know that minors (under 16) passports are only good for 5 years.