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Old Oct 18, 07, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ralfp View Post
Why in the world do you need a birth certificate when renewing a kid's passport? I can understand that they might be concerned about swapping kids (baby photos are not exactly the best for ID), but how does the BC help there? Does it in any way verify anything that the old passport does not? Haven't they already seen the BC.?
You need the child's BC because it is not, technically, a renewal process. Based on the way the process is currently implemented, you are completing a DS-11, which is the form for an original passport. If they were allowing the process as a renewal, you would use DS-82. The document requirements for a DS-11 require a BC to be submitted.

And, yes, they are intentionally making it difficult for the reasons stated by xyzzy. Another Nanny State requirement - MUST THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
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