There are many things that you need to know about taking your kids on holiday before you go. Like Applying for a child passport. One of the most important things, is to get them a passport, If they have not had a passport before, you will need to fill in the passport forms, these can be picked up usually from your local post office, or you can fill in the information online, passports are not cheap. What are the benefits of doing it online compared to filling in the actual forms?
It will cost you £49 for an under 16’s passport if you do the forms online, if you do the forms via paper it will cost £58.50. You should pay extra for check and send, this is because if the forms are filled in, incorrectly. Your application will be denied and you will lose £49. Short on money? See our 15 ways to save money. Post offices offer check and send for paper forms and this service costs £9.75 and does not include the cost of getting the photos taken, if doing it online it will cost £15.40 for digital check and send. If you qualify for a free passport, you will also qualify for a free check and send. If you need your passport earlier than 3 weeks you will have to pay to fast track it, this can be done in three ways:
1. Paper premium
Usually, you will get your passport four hours after your appointment, this can also be used for updating a current passport through a change of name due to marriage, or to renew an adult passport that has expired.
2. Online premium
Same as above, however, you will need to apply online. Online is quick and easy and they will guide you through it as and when it is needed.
3. One-week fast track
This fast track service means that your passport will be delivered to you within 1 week of your appointment. Someone will need to sign the document. The above options are suitable for first-time kids and adult passports, and renewal. Sometimes it doesn’t go as smoothly and you may have to attend a meeting in a specific place to confirm your identity.
This is standard procedure and is nothing to worry about. You will simply be asked a series of questions relating to your mother, father, yourself, birthplaces, etc, and you may need to bring along documents confirming. For full photo requirements or for more information on passport fees. You can follow the above link, and if you’d like you can use it as a guide to creating your own photos. However, for children, this is extremely difficult even for the novice photographer.
If you have lost your passport, it was stolen, or is damaged you must attend an interview. It costs £75.50 to replace your passport. If you apply online or £85 if you fill out a paper form. You must renew out of date passports before you can travel. It can only be renewed if it is no more than 5 years out of date. If it is longer than that you may have to have an interview and apply for a brand new one.
I hope you found this guide useful and that it has simplified the process of applying for a child passport. When taking toddlers on their first holiday there are some things that you will need to bring on the flight.