Family Vacation and Travel with Kids
The first step is to be aware of the latest legal requirements when planning a family vacation. These have changed in recent years, with a growing awareness of the problem of parental abduction of children when a family breaks up.
The US and many other countries now require the signature of both parents for a passport, and indeed to travel with kids any parent anywhere on a family vacation may be asked by authorities to prove that they have the right to do so.
For more information on legal requirements for international travel with kids see the US Department of State website. If both parents won't be traveling with the kids, find an example of requirements for air travel with kids at AA.com.
Note that US citizens aged 16 and over who have adequate identification do not need a parent to be present when applying for a passport. Many sites on the
internet claim a parent must be present, or that a state ID is required. Some postal employees try to apply such restrictions in open violation of federal regulations.
The only authoritative source of information is the US State Department. Do not accept information from any other
source. If you experience such problems at the post office, make note of the employee's name and report all policy violations to federal officials at your local US
State Department office.
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