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.
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