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Anyone applied for baby's first passport recently?

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HollyGoLoudly1 Thu 28-Feb-19 14:01:03

Hi all, posting here for traffic. Also probably an AIBU because it seems ridiculous to me that I have to do this!

Applying for my baby's first passport and the document checklist says I need to send the grandparents birth certificates and marriage certificates? Really?? I obviously don't have them and while I could probably get hold of my parents certificates, we are NC with my DP's parents. He doesn't even have an address for his dad anymore.

Has anyone applied for baby's first passport recently and am I definitely understanding this correctly??

Lazypuppy Thu 28-Feb-19 16:03:06

Its asks for grandparents.details such as date of marriage etc but you don't need to send any documentation

QforCucumber Thu 28-Feb-19 16:04:50

We were both born after 1984, as long as we both have passport numbers you input those and then are not required to send grandparents details

Blondiecub0109 Thu 28-Feb-19 16:06:48

I agree that the wording is confusing ... I think there should be an OR between the bullet points on the sheet you are referring to. I interpreted that I just need to send applicaion, photos etc plus baby’s birth certificate and my birth certificate (DH is not British)

SherlockSays Thu 28-Feb-19 16:10:19

I applied in August last year - didn't have to supple certificates but did have to know dates or marriages, previous names etc.

traveller11 Thu 28-Feb-19 16:39:54

I was born after the cut off date so was meant to send baby's grandparents details but only have my mum's info. NC with my dad and baby's dad too.

Explained it all on a letter along with the info I did have and it was all fine.

Rtmhwales Thu 28-Feb-19 16:42:42

I had to supply grandparents' birth certificates as my DS was born abroad and only his father is British (I'm not) - seems unlikely you would have to.

Either way, they're super easy to get as long as you know the person's name, what city they were born in. You can select a two year range to scan for, you don't even need to know their actual birthdate (I didn't know XH's mother's DOB but guessed the year and got it back within a week no problems). You can request them online.

dementedpixie Thu 28-Feb-19 16:44:29

You don't need the details if you have a British passport as the child gets their British citizenship from that. The passport is your proof you are a British citizen.

There may be spaces to fill in details but it doesn't mean every section needs completing - the notes say grandparents details aren't required if the parents passport numbers are provided

Joopy Thu 28-Feb-19 16:46:15

I got one in 2018, I just had to give details of DS's grandparents, date of birth and dates of their weddings.

MagicKingdom Thu 28-Feb-19 16:47:10

We just wrote the details down on a extra piece of paper and sent along with application form. Came back within 2 weeks.

Asiama Thu 28-Feb-19 16:49:43

We had the same confusion a few months ago. We are both British and when I rang the Home Office, they said that grandparents details are therefore not needed. We left the section of the form blank.

Whoevenknowswhattodo Thu 28-Feb-19 16:53:45

We just put the dates down of my parents marriage on a seperate piece of paper. Not my husband's parents though.
All was accepted. We posted their applications on the Monday and passport arrived on the Friday we were well impressed
Didn't bother paying the check and send service either

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