I am excited to say that in May we’re going on vacation somewhere warm – and not in the US! So, we needed to get Cameron his passport. Since the Pratt Post Office is closed, I had to find somewhere else to submit his application. I searched online at the usps website and found that the Adelphi Station was the place I should check out. The website said that I needed an appointment – so I got on the phone and called. And called. And called. No one ever answered. I moved on to another post office – the Cadman Plaza Branch.
Again, the usps website said that I needed an appointment. So I called – the phone was answered by an automate service saying if I was on a touch tone phone to press 1, and then I was routed through a few menus finally ending up at the passport application people. The phone rang. And rang. And rang. No answer. I tried over and over again – with no success. Finally, I called and when asked if I was on a touch tone phone I said that I wasn’t – and I got a real live person right away! So, if you are trying to reach someone at Cadman Plaza – I suggest you take this route. Although, when we got there it didn’t seem to matter that I had an appointment. Good thing I put all that effort into it! I would just recommend that you show up a few minutes before the passport window opens so you can be first in line. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.
Anyways, there’s a few necessary things for getting your baby a passport:
1) A passport photo – we got ours at the local Walgreens. It was easy – they had him stand on a crate and snapped the pic with a digital camera. 1 hour later – voila! Passport Photo.
3)Your baby’s official birth certificate with both parents name on it.
4)Your baby’s Social Security Card.
5)IDs for both parents – Drivers License or Passport will work.
6)Copies of the IDs that can be sent in with the passport application.
7)Both parents must show up when applying for the passport.