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Baby's Hair 'too Long For Passport'  
User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

A MUM could hardly contain her amazement when she was told her baby daughter's spiky hair was too long for a passport photo.



Kate Lurie, 33, thought the photographic assistant was joking when he pointed to four-month-old Eden's three-inch locks in the portrait and said: "It's just too spiky." But she was even more surprised when the assistant then began to give her daughter a 'virtual' haircut - shortening her hair in the digital picture using a computer programme.

Here's the result:




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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

Who the hell takes their kid out in public with hair like that to begin with? Run a comb through that mess.

Oh, hold on. This is the UK so I'm going to guess it was a chav of some sort. I'm surprised the kid isn't in a knockoff Burberry outfit. Had it been here in the US the kid would have already had a mullet or perhaps a rat tail.



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12571 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3358 times:
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As ridiculous as this story sounds, I know it's true.  banghead 

My daughter works in a photography store at the weekends and one of their services is taking passport photos. The rules are very strict, and her stories of arguments with customers who refuse to remove their hats, or sun glasses, or Muslim women who expect to have passport photos taken while wearing a veil, etc. keep us amused at many a family dinner.

The rules on baby passport photos are just as strict as those for adults, she has often spent over an hour trying to get an acceptable passport photo of an uncooperative baby. crazy 



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User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
The rules on baby passport photos are just as strict as those for adults

I still thought babies didn't need passports. I was always on my mum and dads.  Confused


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
Muslim women who expect to have passport photos taken while wearing a veil, etc

Makes as much sense as...

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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Would they treat Don King the same way?


If that happened in America the ACLU would be all over it

[Edited 2007-03-20 18:58:42]

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

So for my passport photo I should wear a ponytail instead of doing an impromtu Cousin It/sheepdog impression?  Big grin


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

I wonder if Ann Coulter has any problems.



User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
This is the UK so I'm going to guess it was a chav of some sort. I'm surprised the kid isn't in a knockoff Burberry outfit.

Hehehe!
Ever since some British friends of mine described exactly what "chavs" are and their preferred style of dress, I can't see the tiniest bit of Burberry tartan without immediately thinking "Bloody chav!".



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 5):
If that happened in America the ACLU would be all over it

Doubtfu. I just got my passport pics done at AAA and the rep was telling me they are very strict with the pics now. Infact I had to inside out a shirt I was wearing because she wasnt sure if theyd like it. The T-shirt? Peter Griffin (family guy) Also, glasses cannot be worn, no smiles.



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Quoting EK20 (Thread starter):
But she was even more surprised when the assistant then began to give her daughter a 'virtual' haircut - shortening her hair in the digital picture using a computer programme.

Brilliant! So since the rules concerning passport photos become ever more stricter, all we need to do is a little photoshopping and we're done! Big grin

Quoting EK20 (Reply 3):
I still thought babies didn't need passports. I was always on my mum and dads.

Well, you never know how soon "dem trrrsts" start their business...  sarcastic 



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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Isn't there a soccer riot or something they could report instead of this non-story?!?

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 11):
Isn't there a soccer riot or something they could report instead of this non-story?!?

It's Manchester. What do you expect? Your choices are drunken chavs, ManU football scores, sheep, industrial factory closing, or curry house reviews.  duck 



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
As ridiculous as this story sounds, I know it's true.

You're correct. One of the biggest problems I've seen as a passport acceptance agent is oversized photographs. It the template indicates that the image of the face is too large, there's a good chance that the passport agency will reject it. With the new rules for travel between the US and Canada, Mexico and the Carribean nations, the demand for passports has increased the average turnaround time to ten weeks. Even expedited passports now take 2 to 4 weeks depending on the services requested.

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
The rules on baby passport photos are just as strict as those for adults,

Actually, the rules for minor's passports in the United States are much stricter than those for adults. Minors under the age of 14 years must have the permission of both parents in order for the Department of State to issue a passport. Both parents and the minor must appear before the passport acceptance agent. If one parent cannot be present, they may submit a notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 14 , or a notarized written statement with the same information on a sheet of paper from the non-appearing parent. Additionally, when minors apply to renew their passport, a certified copy of the record of birth must be submitted. Previously, only a photocopy of the record of birth was required. If the minor is over 14 years of age but younger than 18 years only one parent need appear with the minor and consent to the issuance of the passport. Both the minor applicant and the parent must provide state issued identification. If the minor cannot produce a driver's license (most school ID cards do not meet the requirements for government issued identification) or state issued ID card, then the parent must complete an Affidavit of Identifying Witness for the child.

To me, the funniest part of completing a minor's DS-11 is answering Box 19. That requires the applicant to indicate whether or not they have ever been married. Many parents leave it blank as they assume that the natural answer for a child is NO. Still, they are required to mark one of the boxes. You should have seen some of the looks I've gotten when pointing that omission out. "Has she ever been married? She's only two years old!!" "Sir, I realize that but you need to answer the question. The more blanks you leave on the application, the more likely it is the passport agency will delay the application pending further investigation." The next best ordeal is when the parents discover that due to some omission they will have to come back to reapply. "Can I just come back tomorrow or does he/she have to appear along with the kids?" "Both parents and the children must appear at the time of the application." "Why? I live twenty miles away and it's going to be very inconvienant." "By law, both parents must appear, along with the child if the child applicant is under 14 years of age. If he/she can't make it, you can present a signed and notarized form DS-3053 authorizing you to obtain a passport for the child. If those conditions are not met, the passport acceptance agent will not accept the passport application."



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26536 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Quoting EK20 (Reply 3):
I still thought babies didn't need passports. I was always on my mum and dads.

I have had a passport since I was 2 years old.

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 5):
If that happened in America the ACLU would be all over it

As well they should be

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 13):
Both parents and the minor must appear before the passport acceptance agent.

Since when?



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 14):
Since when?

I believe that requirement has only been in place since the mid-1990s. The reason for this is to reduce the number of parental abductions of minor children, particularly when one parent has or can claim citizenship in a foreign country. That is a big issue here in Tucson, Arizona as we have a large number of Mexican-Americans with family on both sides of the border.

As for the requirement itself, it is federal law. The minor must now appear before the acceptance agent regardless of their age. If the minor is not yet fourteen years of age, both parents must be present and consent to the issuance of a passport for the minor. If the second parent is not available, they may submit the notarized DS-3053 or a notarized letter granting consent as long as the acceptance agent deems it to be sufficient evidence of parentage and a genuine document. If the parent or guardian accompanying the minor claims sole custody, they must present a certified copy of the court order or decree to be sent to the passport agency along with the application. Also, the parents must provide a certified copy of the birth certificate to prove parentage of the minor. Hospital birth certificates are generally not accepted unless they are also issued by the state/municipal department of health or vital statistics. If there is any issue that the acceptance agent is not satisfied with, they have the option of either refusing to accept the application or flagging it for further examination by the passport agency. FYI, the passport agency keeps detailed records of the number of suspicious applications recieved and forwarded by acceptance agencies within the different passport agency districts. The Clerk of the Superior Court ofrnMaricopa County (Phoenix) almost always makes the Top Ten list of Acceptance Agencies for the San Francisco Passport Agency for the number of suspect applications that they fail to detect. The agency that I work for (Clerk of the Superior Court of Pima County, Arizona) has never made that list. Anything out of the ordinary on an application gets examined closely. I can't tell you how many applicants I've turned away because their paperwork wasn't in order (missing key information, invalid birth certificate, etc.). I should mention that you'll never know whether your passport has been flagged for additional scrutiny-this is done out of the presence of the applicants.

Just because your kid's birth certificate got them enrolled in school doesn't mean that it will prove that you're their parent or that they're a US citizen. I should point out that if you have a Certified Birth Abstract issued by the State of California, it is essentially worthless as legal proof of citizenship. If an applicant presents said abstract, we inform them that the United States Department of State does not recognize that document as proof of parentage or citizenship. The only California document recognized for those purposes is a certified copy of the long form of the birth certificate.

I might also point out that just because the acceptance agency executes the application, that is no guarantee that a passport will issue. The US Department of State has determined that there are certain situations in which local or state courts can order the passport agency to deny applicants passports or order passport holders to surrender their passport to the court.



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