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10 Things to Know When Applying for Your Child’s Passport, T&T

10 things to know when applying for your child’s passport in Trinidad and Tobago.

  1. Passports are by appointment only. Before setting your appointment or filling out the application, read all Guidelines and Instructions.
  2. To schedule your appointment, go online via online passport appointment, or call the telephone line (868) 225-IMMI (4664). Have the following information ready; name, identification number (ID number/Driver’s permit number/Existing passport number), area of residence, and preferred passport office location.  You can select from offices in; Port of Spain, San Fernando, Sangre Grande, Chaguanas, Point Fortin, or Tobago.
  3. Complete and sign the Application Form
  4. Submit evidence of the child’s Trinidad and Tobago citizenship. If the child was born in Trinidad and Tobago, the applicant must provide the Birth Certificate – Computer generated with Personal Identification Number (PIN). If the child was born outside of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Citizenship Certificate and Birth Certificate of the child are required, along with proof of parent’s citizenship at the time of the child’s birth. Parent’s marriage certificate and divorce decree may be required where necessary.
  5. There are no age restrictions for obtaining a passport. ALL children under the age of sixteen (16) MUST appear in person at a designated Immigration office, and children over the age of five (5) years must sign the specimen signature. Passports issued to T&T citizens under the age of 16 are valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
  6. If available, the most recently issued passport in which the child’s name appears, even if expired. Any difference in documentation should be accompanied by a Court Order document or Sworn Declarations.
  7. Ensure that the name entered on the application form is the name the applicants wish to appear in the passport. Separated or Divorced Parents, the parent to whom custody of the child or children has been awarded must produce evidence of the Court Order and any other documentary evidence as may be required.
  8. Original documents will be kept with the application and returned upon collection of the passports.
  9. For infants unable to stand or sit unsupported, parents should take with them the baby’s car seat and white cloth, this cloth is used to cover the seat for the photo to be taken.
  10. The process is lengthy, be sure to walk with some snacks, water, and entertaining for the children.

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