SOURCE: AllStar Passports and Visas

September 16, 2008 09:00 ET

Children Under Age 16 Benefit From US Passports

United States Passports Double as Identification for Children Not Old Enough for Driver's Licenses Says AllStar Passports and Visas

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - In July, the Department of Homeland Security put new travel sanctions into full production regarding US citizens traveling internationally (including US citizens entering the US via land ports of entry such as Mexico and Canada), but many travelers do not realize that these sanctions apply to children as well, says AllStar Passports and Visas, a leading provider of expedited and emergency passports.

Currently all persons (including children) traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport and US citizens travelling by land or sea are required to present either (a) a passport, passport card or (b) a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

"Many Americans who are simply traveling to Canada or Mexico don't realize that their children require a form of government-issued photo identification to enter other countries as well," said Ken Ripoll of AllStar Passports and Visas. "Because children under the age of 16 aren't old enough to get a driver's license, applying for a passport is the perfect solution."

Passports can do double duty for children, serving as current forms of ID. Passports are valid for five years for minors and contain an up-to-date photo of the child and their birth date, so they serve as a valid form of ID wherever necessary -- not just for travel.

"We hear from many parents who hear about these travel requirements right before a trip, and need expedited passports for their children," said Ripoll. "Routine passport processing takes about six weeks, but we can get your child a United States passport in as little as one to three business days."

AllStar Passports and Visas not only offers fast passports for adults and children, but visa processing services for travel to the UK, Brazil, Egypt and China. For additional information, or to get started on applying for a passport today, call 866-525-7255 or visit

About AllStar Passports and Visas:

AllStar Passports and Visas is a privately-owned US passport and visa service that specializes in expedited passports and tourist visas for individuals, companies and travel agents. AllStar's relationships with the US Passport Agency and foreign consulates allow them to secure travel visas and US passports in as little as one business day. Whether you need your travel documents urgently, or you're just planning ahead, AllStar has got you covered.