GETTING your first passport can be a stressful process and involve a lot of paperwork.
But if you’re going through the process of applying for a passport for your little one, there’s even more to consider – especially if you’re a single parent.
A child’s first passport must include information from both parents, making it potentially tricky for divorced couples.
If only one parent is named on the birth certificate, or the child was adopted by a sole parent, then the application only needs to have one signature.
However, divorced couples must have the details of both partners on the passport form.
This must include their full name and details.
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The rest of the application is similar to an adult passport application, except it only costs £49, and lasts for five years, not ten years.
A digital photo of the child will need to be submitted (or two photos if applying by post), as well as someone to confirm the child’s identity.
This can include dentists, doctors, accountants, journalists, police officers or government workers.
Additional documents that must be sent include a birth or adoption certificate, proof of British nationality (such as a parent’s passport) and any additional court documents.
The government website explains: “You need to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need to say why (for example, you’re the only parent named on the birth certificate or you adopted the child on your own).”
Make sure the forms are signed – and if your child is aged between 12 and 15, they would need to sign it as well.
Once you’ve sent everything off and paid for it, the new passport should arrive within three weeks once approved.
Single parents who want to take their child out of the country will also need to get permission from the other parent.
A consent form with the details of the other parent will be needed, as the government requires proof to prevent child trafficking or abduction.
Without express permission, the parent will need to go through court with the dates of the intended departure for the holiday.
Parents with a different last name to their kids could face extra questioning at the airport.
Also a procedure to prevent trafficking, the government warned parents last year to bring additional documents just in case.
Unfortunately, single parents have also been found to pay more for their holidays by up to 33 per cent.
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