New regulations for passport applications began on April 1, 2011. For first-time applicants or those who have lost their passports.
As of Friday, April 1, the U.S. Department of State now requires the full names of the applicant's parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of
We can already see this causing problems for some travelers. Remember, if you can't present the fully-completed birth certificate, you can submit a combination of "Early Public Records," which include the following:
- Baptismal certificate
- Hospital birth certificate
- Census record
- Early school record
- Family bible record
- Doctor's record of post-natal care
Early Public Records are not acceptable when presented alone.
Who needs a birth certificate?
The Department of State requires that all first-time passport applicants, anyone who has lost their passport and anyone under the age of 16 use a birth certificate to obtain a passport.
Want to know the full procedure? Visit the State Department's website, here.
It is the policy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises to require passports for all travelers for all voyages, regardless of guests' nationality or ports of call and countries visited. This includes U.S. citizens, traveling to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda to have a passport to enter or re-enter the United States. Please obtain or renew your passports early. Additionally, it is required that all passports be valid 6 months after the disembarkation date.
HOW TO OBTAIN OR RENEW A PASSPORT
For detailed information on obtaining or renewing a passport, please visit the State Department's web site at: www.travel.state.gov
Additionally, you may visit the following independent companies for passport instructions and application assistance.