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Getting a passport for the new baby, quick!

post #1 of 10
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I don't know if this is the ideal place for this, i'm open to suggestions!

My EDD is mid August. My family may be moving to the Netherlands in Mid-September. I realize this is problematic :/

Provided I give birth around my EDD (I have thus far) I can plead with my MW to go down to the city office and turn in my BC paperwork right away, it will take about a week to get the BC.

What's the fastest anyone has gotten a passport for a baby? Has anyone been in a similar circumstance who would like to give me some pointers? smile.gif
post #2 of 10
That's going to be hard, but if you pay for expedited services (2 weeks), it may be doable. It should probably be after the summer vacation rush for passports too, so that's good. I would go down to your passport office now and talk to them about it and make sure you know everything you'll need to have so that you can get in there as soon as you have the birth certificate in hand. Explain your situation and see what they think.
post #3 of 10

There are also services that can expedite your passport for you (for an extra fee, of course). Still, even paying an additional fee for the passport is probably cheaper than having to change plane reservations for an international flight at the last minute if you don't get a passport in time. 

 

Here's an article from the Wall Street Journal that covers some different services: 

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122531357889781549.html

 

Good luck and congrats on the new arrival...and the move! I'm jealous!

post #4 of 10

I have heard of babies getting passports in as little as 7 days, so get in contact with the passport office (not the postoffice, but the passport people) and see what they recommend in that situation. Getting the birth certificate may be the biggest hurdle.

post #5 of 10

Where I live, we had to go to an official federal passport office in a major city, and after having completed the application at a local application office and having our case certified as "urgent" and booking an appointment for the next day, got our newborn's passport the same day as the appointment. It took a few hours and cost about double the usual cost, I think.
 

Here's a link about how to schedule an appointment. If you are lucky enough to live near a passport office, this is the best option.

post #6 of 10

My bff had a baby last spring and got a passport within a few weeks. She did have to drive and pick up her birth certificate a few days after birth, then drive and get the passport from the office in a major city, but she got it. 

post #7 of 10
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Where I live, we had to go to an official federal passport office in a major city, and after having completed the application at a local application office and having our case certified as "urgent" and booking an appointment for the next day, got our newborn's passport the same day as the appointment. It took a few hours and cost about double the usual cost, I think.

 
Here's a link about how to schedule an appointment. If you are lucky enough to live near a passport office, this is the best option.

I do happen to live nears passport office. I checked it out, and I feel much better about my ability to get the actual passport quickly.

Thanks so much everyone, for the advice and suggestions!
post #8 of 10

Do you need a ss# ? If not then just use an expedited service to process it. It really speeds it up. 

 

Sigh. We are having a hard time with getting our ss# because we had to wait 9 weeks to get our "home birth" birth certificate appointment. Apparently we are trendy and the staff can't get up. Then they made a mistake and called us to return the same day. But then because of the mistake it wasn't entered correctly in the system. So although the SS office accepted my feeble paperwork (3 hours in line) they couldn't process it because of the bc issue.

 

So I wait and either I get it within "four weeks" or I am "denied."

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
It's a pain, no?

Luckily, we just need the BC and I live in a very hippie liberal town where HB is not out of the norm.
post #10 of 10

My experience is from Canada, so it might be different, but in Ontario at the time getting a birth certificate took months, so the city office would issue a temporary birth certificate immediately, which we could then use together with "proof of planned travel" to apply for the expedited passport. There were additional fees, of course, but it was very quick (took a few days to get the passport). However this passport was only valid for 3 or 6 months, I think. In your case even a temporary passport would be ok for getting into the Netherlands, and you could then get a new passport through the US consulate.

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