So…as I mentioned previously, we had passport photos taken the other day. With the strict guidelines Passport Canada has regarding photos, I knew it would interesting.
Passport Canada has a page with general information for persons with disabilities. You can take a look at it here. (Note: I was quite surprised to see the address/URL for the page uses the word handicap in it.)
I’d like to know what YOU had to do, if anything, for your child(ren) with special needs to get their passport.
I called Passport Canada ahead of time to inquire what I would have/need to do if we couldn’t get a photo with his mouth completely closed. They informed me I would have to get a letter from a Doctor explaining why. Okay, I got on the phone with the Ped. Dentist and asked if they would help and provide a letter. I explained the circumstances and situation and today I got a call back telling me the letter was being sent off in the mail today! THANK YOU Dr. Weinberger!!
During the photo taking, the photographer had asked me to remove Patrick’s glasses for the glare. No problem, I took mine off for my photo as well. She kept asking him to look at her or the camera, and he was, but it doesn’t look like he’s looking at you. I told her he was and also asked if that would be an issue for their guidelines as well. She wasn’t sure. I called Passport Canada (PC) again and asked if there would be an issue with his eyes. She informed me it would be up to the discretion of the individual office. Needless to say, I’m looking at getting a letter NOW instead of later, just in case! It also dawned on me that all children over the age of 11 have to sign their own passports, so I inquired about that as well. Again, another letter from a Doctor is needed stating why he is not able to sign his own passport. Patrick can write PAT, but not his full name, nor could he do it in the small space requested by them.
All of this will be worth it to know and see how much he will enjoy the trip!
Have you had to do anything in particular to get a passport for your child(ren) with special needs. What do you think about the process? Do you think they ask too much information? Do you think all the letters are necessary? Do you or did you have to pay for these letters?
Please share your experiences, I’d love to hear them.
Have a great evening!