Mat leave is the ideal time to apply for a passport for your little one. I say this for a few reasons – if you ever find a must-book vacation deal or have a family emergency that requires you to fly out of Canada – having a passport ready to use for baby can save you a ton of time (and worry) in the future. Plus, getting passports made when your little ones are still small in their photos is pretty cute.
If you’re feeling a little daunted by all the steps involved when applying for a passport for baby, here are a few key tips:
- Organize passports well in advance of any plans. Lodging the forms isn’t the only time you’ll spend on this process. Make sure you plan for the time it takes to get passport photos taken too. Murphy’s law!
- Passport photos can be taken all over Durham, but I have found that Walmart, Costco and Superstore are among my top three options for price ($16-21) and flexible photo studio hours.
- Take the time to find a family travel document holder that is easily recognizable and that you will enjoy using. Make sure that all family passports and baby birth certificates are kept here as you will be asked for these when passing through immigration.
- If you aren’t prepared to pay the extra money to have your application expedited, lodge your application in person at a local passport office. It’s the fastest method that doesn’t incur additional costs.
- At a minimum, applying for a passport for baby will cost you $112. This includes passport photos (approx $20), long form birth certificate ($35) and passport application ($57).
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