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Old 02-28-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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I travel often with my daughter, and we have different last names. We have passports, but when we travel domestically, I never take them with us. I've never had a problem getting through security. The only thing they do is ask my daughter her name and age.
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Old 02-28-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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You're fine.

I'm from SC and the past couple of years, I took my nephews to Vegas for a summer vacation. TSA didn't really even blink an eye at them. One of them did ask if the kid knew me and where we were going.. I suppose to make sure that I wasn't like abducting a kid across the country or something.

But, they won't hassle you at all, especially if the last names match up on the boarding passes. And even if they don't.. It's not a hassle.. Just don't be surprised if a subtle question is asked that you think back later on going "oh.. They were checking to see if I was kidnapping him/her"
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:06 PM
 
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I have flown with my kids many, many, many times and they aren't the same race as me (or look anything like me). Its never been an issue...they have never even hinted about needing any form of ID.
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The annoyance there is that child passports are only good for five years.
Get the passport card, I think only $40.
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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I know. The burden of having to fill out two pieces of paper and two pictures twice a decade for problem free travel is nearly too much to bear.
No ... the burden is both parents having to show up in person with the child (and all the paperwork) to file for renewal. Every 5 years. Although it is possible to substitute a notarized letter for one parent.

I've flown with my kids many times and never had a problem. Picture ID is not required for minors, and we have never been asked for it.
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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Get the passport card, I think only $40.
Still only good for 5 years when the individual is younger than 16.
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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I have flown with my kids many, many, many times and they aren't the same race as me (or look anything like me). Its never been an issue...they have never even hinted about needing any form of ID.
Same here (including, for one of our kids, being a different ethnicity and looking nothing like me). But I do have to remind her to use her first name if TSA asks for her name.
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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No need for ID for the kids, but you could take copies of birth certificates.

The kidnapping issue only comes up if you're taking the kid out of the country, with only one parent present. In that case, you have to have a notarized letter of permission from the other parent, or a court order with sole custody, or proof that the other parent is dead! I wonder what people who are single mothers who didn't name the father on the birth certificate do. I guess they just bring a copy of the birth certificate, proving that they're the only parent (and even that wouldn't necessarily be proof - lots of times, fathers get custody rights later on).

However, if you have a kid flying alone (on Southwest, they're allowed to fly unescorted from 12 years old, and other airlines I think age 15), I do recommend getting a passport for the kid. My son started flying alone on Southwest at age 12, and they have always wanted him to prove his age - he looks very young for his age. So it was great that he had his passport, and pulled it out to prove to them that he was indeed 12 (and 13, and 14)!
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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No ... the burden is both parents having to show up in person with the child (and all the paperwork) to file for renewal. Every 5 years. Although it is possible to substitute a notarized letter for one parent.

I've flown with my kids many times and never had a problem. Picture ID is not required for minors, and we have never been asked for it.

We got passports as well for both of our kids. We have a post office that does passports and that is open on a Saturday so we went half an hour before the closing time. The whole process took half an hour. We can do this once in five years...


When you have passports, they are accepted by everyone, everywhere in the US and abroad. You are not worrying that some airline or some agent somewhere stopping you and demanding a photo id that you don't have. Also, you have an option of traveling abroad without any hassle. And remember that passport is now required to go to Canada, Mexico and Caribbean...
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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ny has special enhanced drivers license's for i think 35 bucks that are good for domestic travel once the regular license is not .
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