Baby Passport: The Process

Baby Passport: The Process

Very soon we are heading off to Spain for just over a week, this will be our first holiday abroad as a family of 3 and I am so excited about it. It feels like a long time since we have been abroad, our last trip was to Dubai last year when I was 21 weeks pregnant, and I am in desperate need of some proper sunshine, a beach and to relax in a pool. I’m sure that this holiday will be very different to our usual holiday’s with its new stresses of getting a plane and dealing with the heat with a 10 month old.

To enable this all to happen we had to get our daughter her first passport, and the whole process from start to finish was surprisingly easy. My first thoughts were how do you get a passport photo of baby and how long will it take to get her passport back.

I was recommend by a friend an online company called Paspic who take out all the stresses of getting as passport picture created for your baby, it’s very easy to do and allows you to take your child’s picture at home.

It’s really simple, all that you need to do is:

  • Place your baby on a white coloured background, I used a white sheet, and this is what Paspic recommend.
  • Take a head shot photo of your baby, this needs to include their shoulders too. I used my Canon DSLR to take the photo, but taking the picture on a mobile phone will work too.
  • For babies under 6 months they don’t even need to have their eyes open.
  • Submit your baby’s photo online via the form on Paspic the website.

As you can see it’s super simple and for a total cost of £5 I would really recommend it. I later received an email from Paspic saying that the picture had passed their passport check, and I would be receiving my printed photo’s in a couple of days. I think that they actually arrived the next day – which I was super impressed with.

Once the photo’s were received, I then went about completing the application form for her passport. The majority of the form was really easy to complete, except for Question 8 that requires you to provide the details of your parents – your child’s grandparents, if you are born before 31.12.82. The question is really oddly worded and didn’t make a lot of sense to my husband and I, and we had no idea what information the Passport Office needed. But after lots of Googling we found out if you are born after 31.12.82, you need to provide:

  • Your parent’s full names.
  • Their date of birth
  • Where they were born
  • Date and place of marriage

All a bit weird, and we provided this information on a separate piece of paper. We also needed to get her passport application and photo countersigned. There are a lot of people who are able to do this, but I still find the process slightly annoying.

However once the application was completed, and checked and sent via the Post Office Check and Send service, I received her passport back in 5 working days which is great. We completed her application in January, and I would definitely leave more time if you are getting a passport approaching the summer months. The Passport Office advise that it can take six weeks to get a passport, so please leave plenty of time.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this.

Claire x

P.S My review of Paspic is my own, I was not asked to write this review, I’m writing it as I was so impressed with the speedy service.

Cuddle Fairy
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12 Comments

  1. mumzilla May 31, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Worth remembering. I took Rian to a happy snaps place if I remember. He’ll need a new one next year! #tribe

    • The Pramshed May 31, 2016 / 9:51 am

      They’re a brilliant company Sarah, so quick and so easy. Anyone can use them not just babies 🙂 x

  2. Sarah @ Mum & Mor May 31, 2016 / 8:53 am

    It was such a headache getting my own passport due to the ridiculous countersigning requirement. I honestly had nobody I could ask to do it. In the end I had to get a former supervisor of mine to do it and send in a letter explaining why I couldn’t ask the required person. Luckily they accepted it. Getting my daughter’s passport will be much easier in Denmark. It’s all done online and you don’t need anyone to countersign. If she wants a British passport then she can apply for one when she’s older. I’m glad the process was smooth for your little one, though. 🙂

    • The Pramshed May 31, 2016 / 9:51 am

      The Danes have it right, the countersignatory process is such a pain in the bum :0 x

  3. Sunita May 31, 2016 / 9:16 am

    This is such a great idea. We had to get a passport for Baby Munch at short notice last year and agree the countersignature thing can be a headache. Have fun planning your trip away! I know you mentioned about dealings with the heat and a 10 month old. If you’re going somewhere warm I recommend taking a small empty bottle spray so you can spritz baby to keep cool. Usually found in the toiletries section at Boots X

    • The Pramshed May 31, 2016 / 9:50 am

      That’s a great idea, I’ll add it to my list of things to buy today 🙂 x

  4. moderatemum May 31, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    The passport photo is defo stressful, for some ridiculous reason we tried to do it in a photobooth. The photos were cute though.

  5. blabbermama June 1, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I’m going to have to get my little guy a passport soon thanks for the tips. He’s a little poser and loves the camera thankfully but good to know they don’t need their eyes open!

  6. Ruth Jayne June 1, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Hoping to take the little one to Ireland next year so definitely need to remember this post when I get her passport sorted! x

    #triballove

  7. bridiebythesea June 1, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Ah this reminds me I have to get this done asap! Great tip, I’m going to try it out, sounds very straightforward – thanks for sharing x #triballove #bloggerclubuk

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy June 7, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Paspic sounds great – I hadn’t heard of that before. I bring my kids into town for passport photos. It can get costly as they need their passports renewed every few years. I’m glad you got yours organized easily. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK

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