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How to Get an ID for a Minor

by Carissa Lawrence

Certain circumstances, such as traveling abroad, require your child to have proof of his age. Because carrying a copy of his birth certificate around isn't the best idea, consider getting an ID for your minor child instead. Requirements vary from state to state, but most states have designated offices that will issue a photo ID to a minor, they're given a completed application and required documentation. Some states have a minimum age requirement, while others will provide a non-drivers ID to anyone younger than 18 years of age.

Gather acceptable proof of identity and proof of birth documents for your child. Most states require you to provide them with your child's original Social Security card and birth certificate.

Prepare proof of residency documents for your child. Because your child most likely isn't receiving mail, states use documents in your name such as mail, vehicle registrations or health cards with your address on it. State agencies use your child's birth certificate as evidence of your relationship to him in validating his proof of residency.

Download and complete any applications needed to obtain an ID for your child. These forms can usually be found on your state's DMV website. If you seeking a passport for your child, forms can be found through the U.S. Department of State website. Some states require parents to sign on behalf of infants and children who are unable to do so themselves. Passport applications must remain unsigned until they are being submitted at an acceptance agency.

Take all of the required documents to the card-issuing organization. Many states require that your child be present when submitting an ID application. Submit your child's application and have his picture taken. Most states charge a fee to have an ID processed. If applying for a passport, parents are required to submit a photo of their child that fits specific size and composition requirements. Passport photos must also be taken within six months of application submission.

Tip

  • Have your child's passport photo taken by a photographer who is familiar with passport photo requirements. The U.S. passport photo requirements are stringent, and an improper photo can slow down the application process.

About the Author

Based in Gainesville, Carissa Lawrence is an experienced teacher who has been writing education related articles since 2013. Lawrence holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida.

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