How to get your baby’s birth certificate
Some states will mail the birth certificate directly to you after getting back the requested forms. In others, you’ll need to call your county’s Department of Vital Records to get actual copies of the birth certificate sent to you for a small fee. Give them about a month to process the form before you call. You can put a calendar notification reminder in so you don’t forget.
How to get a passport for a baby
Next, you’ll need to have your child’s birth certificate handy—you’ll need it as their proof of identification, as well as proof you are related to them. Adoptive parents will also need related paperwork. Parents will also need to have their own passports or driver’s licenses as well. Your child will need a passport photo.
Both parents will need to apply for the passport in person, together, except in cases of sole legal authority. Check the State Department’s website for more information, and call your location’s designated office to find out if you need an appointment to obtain a passport for your child. Each facility is different. It should take about 6 to 8 weeks to get your baby a passport, so take that into consideration if you have upcoming travel that requires one.
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The paperwork of having a baby is not fun, but it’s all worth it in the end to set your family up for success. Keeping lists and putting deadlines in your diary or calendar are helpful tips to make sure you don’t forget these dry but crucial steps.
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