We recently renewed Trey’s passport and I was determined to get him a good ID photo. I took this one myself and then in all the hullabaloo to get across town to the post office I forgot the photos at home. So the USPS employee took a lousy one there with a $100 point-n-shoot and charged me $15 (image to the right). Oh, well. At his age the passport only lasts 5 years.
So here’s my unused mug shot below. I’ll let you decide which one is better.
While I’m on the topic, here are a couple things to know about getting/renewing a minor’s (under 16) a passport.
- Until they are 16, it expires every 5 years
- You can’t mail in the application/renewal. You have to go to a designated post office or court house with a passport office.
- Both parents have to be present with photo IDs (that was a pain for us with Heidi’s schedule and their odd hours)
- You have to show the kid’s original Social Security card and Birth Certificate (certified copy)
- They take the birth certificate and mail it off with the application (another pain since I was headed to register him for school next and needed it for that)
- You can save $15 and take your own photo (and make it a good one!). Just follow these guidelines for composition and printing.