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What are the ID requirements for minors?


Will minors need an ID to fly domestically?

Neither Southwest Airlines nor the TSA require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling within the United States.


There is, however, an exception for Unaccompanied Minors traveling on Southwest Airlines. Unaccompanied Minors are children ages 5-11 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older.  These children must be escorted to the airport by a guardian and provide proof of age documentation such as a birth certificate. For full details on Unaccompanied Minors, click here


What are the acceptable forms of identification for a minor traveling internationally with a guardian?

A passport book for each minor (and all Passengers) must be verified by a Customer Service Agent or kiosk at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter on the day of travel before a boarding pass is issued. Passport cards, invalid and/or damaged passports will not be accepted.


Can minors travel by themselves to an international destination?

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.