ID Needed to Fly with Baby

What ID Does My Baby Need to Fly?

In March 27, 2017

As a parent, you know it is better to be over prepared than underprepared when it comes to traveling with children. You want to make sure there are plenty of snacks, toys, first aid equipment, and any special blankies! However, if you have never flown with children before, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that in order to fly with a baby, your infant requires proper ID. For first time parents, flying with baby can be especially stressful because it is an entirely new experience. The most important thing to do is research what proof of ID will be required for your baby to board the plane.

 

If you are flying domestically with your baby in your lap, you will be required to show proof of age as no child over 2 years old is allowed to fly in a parent’s lap. Acceptable forms of ID for your baby include a passport, birth certificate, or immunization records. Check with the airline you will be flying with as some will accept a photo or digital copy of the birth certificate while others may require an original birth certificate. It is also important to know that most airlines will also require a formal doctor’s note that approves any baby under 14 days old to fly.

 

You can check infant ID requirements for the following major airlines here:

 

If you’re flying internationally, your baby is required to have a passport to board the plane. If your destination requires a travel visa, your infant will also need a travel visa to enter the destination. You should apply for your baby’s passport no less than 6 weeks prior to your trip. To obtain a passport for an infant you will need to present a birth certificate, proof of relationship between you and the child, and passport photos. You and your spouse must be present to submit the passport application. If both parents cannot be present, a notarized Statement of Consent or proof of sole custody will also be accepted.
Need help obtaining a government-issued birth certificate for your child? You can place a safe and secure online order for a birth certificate at VitalChek.com.

16 Comments

  1. VERY INFORMATIVE , PASSENGER FRIENDLY .I LIKED IT.I’M AN AIRLINE TRAINING MAN..

  2. If we don’t have immunization record then what will I do ?
    Immunization record are mandatory

    1. Hello Sangeeta. Check with the airline involved to see what alternatives you may have.

  3. Xerox copy of birthcertifacte..its ok??

    1. Hello Zhailyn. A photocopy of the birth certificate is probably not sufficient for travel but you can verify that information by contacting your airline or the TSA.

  4. What if the naam karan ceremony is not done n baby does not have a birth certificate yet???

    1. Hello Gyanesh. You may want to contact your airline or the TSA to determine if there are other options.

  5. For domestic flight indigo, what Id need for new born baby baby

    1. Hello Arya. We suggest you contact your airline to find out their requirements for infant travel.

  6. Thanks for your valuable information

  7. DO BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUIRED.. IF INFANT HAS PASSPORT WHILE TRAVELING INTERNATIONAL

    1. Hello Ajmel. Your best bet would be to check with your airline to determine what their requirements are for infants when traveling internationally. This article contains links to many of the major US airlines.

  8. Good day, please i want to know if my baby of two months will need a separate visa to travel with me to UK. I was given visa while i was pregnant under my husband who is an EEA citizen that stays in the UK.
    Now we have a baby, how do we go about it. Thanks

    1. Hello Agnes. Your best bet would be to check with your airline to determine what their requirements are for infants when traveling internationally. This article contains links to many of the major US airlines.

  9. Hi My baby is 4 month old and we have valid birth certificate ,we want to fly domestic with our baby ..There is one question i want to ask that her mother’s name on his birth certificate has 1 spelling mistake,so will be there any problam ?our baby”s name spelling is correct on birth certificate

    1. Hello Naveel. To avoid complications later, you will want to get your son’s birth certificate corrected as soon as possible. Contact the agency that issued the birth certificate for more information on the correction process.If you have plans to fly domestically before you can correct the birth certificate, you should check with your airline to see if the misspelling will be an issue.

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