Ensure safe summer travels with a current passport for your child
Increasingly complicated regulations for air travel can put a damper on plans to capture these fleeting summer days exploring new cultures as a family. In addition to the practical logistics of planning any journey, many parents remain unaware that passports must be obtained for each family member, including children of all ages, as well as infants. In addition, most parents are not aware that a very specific subset of regulations applies to obtaining passports for their children. Parents or a legal guardian must present valid evidence of a child’s US citizenship, present valid personal identification, provide evidence of parental relation or legal guardianship, and take a signed oath, in person, before an authorized passport agent. Further information pertaining to passports for minors are available for consumers on the US State Department website at www. travel.state.gov .
Once these required steps have been completed, a child’s passport is then subject to the standard federal processing time of 4-6 weeks. Utilizing a passport expediter while preparing for a family vacation can not only help speed along a lengthy “to do” list, it can ensure that the passport application and delivery process are supervised by qualified professionals. Travel Document Systems, Inc. Vice President, Dean Orbell, noted:
“Most parents don’t realize that stringent travel documentation requirements extend to the whole family, and are surprised when they learn that obtaining proper documentation for their young children can be a major roadblock to successful family vacations. We are delighted to assist so many customers annually with fulfilling their child passport needs.”
Travel experts highly recommend asking children to pitch in with trip planning. Helping to choose an itinerary, to pack their own bags, and to decide some of the daily activities can all positively engage children in their trip abroad. With preparation and qualified professional assistance, international vacations can be delightful for the whole family.
ABOUT TRAVEL DOCUMENT SYSTEMS
Travel Document Systems is a leading visa and passport agency, serving travel professionals, corporate travel departments, and the independent traveler, as well as tour operators and cruise lines. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in San Francisco and New York, the agency has built a reputation over its 26 years in business for exceptional customer loyalty, with personalized, knowledgeable service provided by highl= experienced staff. TDS’ longstanding professional relationships with embassies, consulates, and the US Passport Agency facilitate effortless, on-time delivery of critical travel documentation for its customers.
MEDIA CONTACT: Abbie Plimpton, Travel Document Systems, Inc., phone: 1-800-874-5100, local: 202-638-3800, fax: 202-638-4674, email: abbie @traveldocs.com , web: www.traveldocs.com