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Copy of birth certificate?

jwallace
New Arrival

Hi all!   This might be an item that's at the discretion of the checkin folks, but I figure I'd ask anyway.

 

I've got an upcoming short flight with my 14mo old.    The problem is I don't have the physical birth certificate on hand -- it's in the hands of the State Department while we're waiting on a passport for kiddo and I don't expect to see it back until a couple weeks after the flight.

 

I do have a fairly good photo of the birth certificate on my phone -- heck I could even print it out.   Is that apt to fly with the checkin counter folks?   Obviously, I can print out any assorted medical records as well.

 

Just trying to see if I can skip a stop at the local county office to buy another birth certificate.

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Re: Copy of birth certificate?

elijahbrantley
Rising Star

 We always carry an original copy, but every time we fly, they always remind us they will accept a copy. Several agents have said they will accept a picture. 

 

 SW’s site officially says, “A copy of the child's birth certificate is required to validate the age of all infants under two.“

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Re: Copy of birth certificate?

John_Taylor2
New Arrival

While minors traveling on domestic flights do not need to because most airlines will allow miners to board a plane without any form of ID. But parents should always reach out to the airline they plan on traveling with to confirm the proper form of identification in terms of a minor boarding a plane.

Re: Copy of birth certificate?

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@jwallace wrote:

Hi all!   This might be an item that's at the discretion of the checkin folks, but I figure I'd ask anyway.

 

I've got an upcoming short flight with my 14mo old.    The problem is I don't have the physical birth certificate on hand -- it's in the hands of the State Department while we're waiting on a passport for kiddo and I don't expect to see it back until a couple weeks after the flight.

 

I do have a fairly good photo of the birth certificate on my phone -- heck I could even print it out.   Is that apt to fly with the checkin counter folks?   Obviously, I can print out any assorted medical records as well.

 

Just trying to see if I can skip a stop at the local county office to buy another birth certificate.


If the child will be traveling as a lap child you'll need proof of age (to show the kid is under 2) which they may accept a photo of the birth certificate, you can also use any recent medical records fell check up or immunization.

 

The same would apply flying on a Child Fare.

 

Using a Wanna Get Away fare would not need any ID although we always stashed a duplicate in the diaper bag anyway.

 

My suggestion would be to print out the photo of the birth certificate if you go that route to have a paper copy instead of showing it on your phone for ease of passing it around to check in desk or TSA.

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