Identification for Children

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We plan to travel with our granddaughter (age 13), from California to the US East Coast & maybe Canada. She has a different last name from us. What identification is required? We both have US passports. Can a 12 year-old have her own passport?
 
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Yes. Anyone can have their own passport. To get into Canada she will need a passport*. Also I would carry with you a letter stating that the parents agree for you to take grand daughter to x, y, and z and give you the power to make medical decisions for her - have it notarized by both parents. You can likely find templates or example if you search online.


*Technically if you're driving into Canada a Passport Card will do, but you need a Passport Book to fly. Unless you're well versed on the differences I'd suggest getting the Passport Book - it's a little more money but will work for any international travel.
 
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One thing you will need is a notarized letter from both parents (ideally) that it is okay for the to travel with you. The letter should contain the dates of travel (leave some leeway in case of delays), who she is traveling with and the notarized signatures of the parents. To be safe, I would also carry a copy of the official birth certificate (raised seal). These days with awareness of human trafficking, employees are trained to ask questions.
 
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Yes. Anyone can have their own passport. To get into Canada she will need a passport*. Also I would carry with you a letter stating that the parents agree for you to take grand daughter to x, y, and z and give you the power to make medical decisions for her - have it notarized by both parents. You can likely find templates or example if you search online.


*Technically if you're driving into Canada a Passport Card will do, but you need a Passport Book to fly. Unless you're well versed on the differences I'd suggest getting the Passport Book - it's a little more money but will work for any international travel.
I agree with @justlisa and will add a recommendation for a passport, which is nominally more but positions you to fly back from Canada should you choose to or need to in the event of an emergency. I have read that at her age her parents must be present for the passport application and that the passport is good for only 5 years . . .
 
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