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Passport Regulations

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 U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information are no longer acceptable as evidence of citizenship.

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:

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.


For detailed information on obtaining or renewing a passport, please visit the State Department's web site at:

Additionally, you may visit the following independent companies for passport instructions and application assistance.