|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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