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Young Traveler

Explorer C

Can the birth certificate be a copy of the original.


Re: Young Traveler

Aviator A

What age is the child?  Anyone with their own ticket under the age of 18 flying domestically does not need identification.  Only a lap child under the age of 2 would need documentation and would only be asked if they appear to be close to or over the age of 2.  A copy of a birth certificate should be fine if you need documentation.



Re: Young Traveler

Aviator A

Actually, when travelling with an adult 18 or older, TSA does not have an ID requirement for travelers under 18.


If the young traveler looks 18 or above, a copy of  birth certificate should suffice to prove otherwise.