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Old Jul 8th 2018, 6:47 pm
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Hi, so, we have great news. A new member of the family born in Manhattan, a baby boy

just got his social and birth certificate.

thinking about applying for passport ASAP as we will need to travel later this year and I know it can take a while.

he has two British parents. Anything to note or be aware of when applying for his first passport (full international, not a passport card)?

looks like we can go to a ‘local’ government post office to apply.

any recommendations for a smooth process. I’d consider paying more to make it faster and smoother although if it can be done locally relatively straighforwardly then that’s great, we’ll do that.

Btw we’re in Williamsburg.

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Congrats! Looks like you can also apply at the library at Grand Army Plaza. Even looks like they can take your passport picture too,$18. I'm not sure how much value he'll get from a passport card, but they aren't much more when you get them with a passport book. The summer rush for passport applications is winding down, so I wouldn't pay extra to expedite it. Again congratulations.

https://www.bklynlibrary.org/passport
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Being that you are in Manhattan, why in the world would you pay for expediting a passport when it is not going to be used for at least the next four to five months? Yes, you and the Mrs. will have to take time off to go to the passport office in person and bring the documentation required as per the instruction sheet on the US Passport website. Believe it will be the child's birth certificate, and both your birth certificates/passports. I say both of you since it is a child and both parents need to consent to the Passport. US Passports are only taking 5 to 10 days.

There is an office on Hudson Street. You need an appointment. https://travel.state.gov/content/tra.../new-york.html

Or you can apply at the US Post Office.

This site is useful https://www.us-passport-service-guid...-passport.html

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Ok thank you for the help.
we’ll gather those documents and take to an office shortly.

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Being that you are in Manhattan, why in the world would you pay for expediting a passport when it is not going to be used for at least the next four to five months?
Not sure where the four to five months come from? Probably will go away end sept once his vaccinations etc are good. That’s the plan anyway, if he is ready enough.
Agree though about your point, either way an expitided passport service shouldn’t be required hopefully.

So what is the benefit of a passport card then, if you also get a passport? Is it a good backup for internal flights to avoid the risk of losing the main passport?
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Passport cards are good for cruisers because they are cheaper to get, without getting a passport book, by themselves. My nephew got them for his 2 daughters when they went on a Disney cruise. Williamsburg is in Brooklyn right? Otherwise ignore my link to the library at Grand Army....
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Passport cards are good for cruisers because they are cheaper to get, without getting a passport book, by themselves. My nephew got them for his 2 daughters when they went on a Disney cruise. Williamsburg is in Brooklyn right? Otherwise ignore my link to the library at Grand Army....
ok that makes sense, thanks.

yes, Brooklyn, North just below Greenpoint, down the East River.

thanks for the link!
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Ok thank you for the help.
we’ll gather those documents and take to an office shortly.



Not sure where the four to five months come from? Probably will go away end sept once his vaccinations etc are good. That’s the plan anyway, if he is ready enough.
Agree though about your point, either way an expitided passport service shouldn’t be required hopefully.

So what is the benefit of a passport card then, if you also get a passport? Is it a good backup for internal flights to avoid the risk of losing the main passport?
You said you wouldn't be traveling until later this year. Not that you would be traveling in 6 to 8 WEEKS.

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You said you wouldn't be traveling until later this year. Not that you would be traveling in 6 to 8 WEEKS.
ok got it. Probably towards end of September, so about 2 months and a week or two or so. I guess it’s a little on the cusp but anyway he has to have vacunations first and so our dates are not set in stone yet.

by normal means we should likely get it back within 2 months with high probability, do you think?
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I got my replacement US passport back in one week. I applied at the US Postal Service in May.
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You should also consider British consular birth registration and/or a British passport for your son.

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Briti...h_Registration

https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
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Regular US passports generally arrive in 1-3 weeks. Its pretty fast so no need to pay extra
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great, thanks everyone.

Originally Posted by BritInParis View Post
You should also consider British consular birth registration and/or a British passport for your son.

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Briti...h_Registration

https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
Do you know if any downsides for applying for US passport and then U.K. registration / passport for him?

We we just got his US birth certificate and SSN recently so far.
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Originally Posted by LouisB View Post
great, thanks everyone.



Do you know if any downsides for applying for US passport and then U.K. registration / passport for him?

We we just got his US birth certificate and SSN recently so far.
No downside to that. We never registered our kids, and only got them UK passports recently at ages 16 and 13, but in hindsight I would have registered the births. Not that it caused any issues at all, but maybe because i wouldn't have had to get passports
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Originally Posted by LouisB View Post
great, thanks everyone.

Do you know if any downsides for applying for US passport and then U.K. registration / passport for him?

We we just got his US birth certificate and SSN recently so far.
Only that you will need to provide a full colour photocopy of his US passport. If you are not travelling for a while yet then it would be easier to apply for his British passport now (turnaround times are generally less than two weeks from the US) and then apply for his US passport. If you have two copies of his birth certificates then you can apply both passports at the same time and then the consular birth certificates after you receive your supporting documents back.
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Originally Posted by LouisB View Post
great, thanks everyone.



Do you know if any downsides for applying for US passport and then U.K. registration / passport for him?

We we just got his US birth certificate and SSN recently so far.
As a male US citizen he'll have to register for Selective Service when he turns 18. Unlike the United States, the UK does not currently have a military draft. If it did in 18 years time, he'd be easier for the UK to find.
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