We got through the hardest part, we took a picture of our behemoth! We can now apply for a proof or passport and the whole world is open to us :) What to choose and how to apply for a proof and/or passport?
In a previous post, we wrote about the value of taking photos for our child’s ID and passport at home. Today a few words about the next step, that is, making a passport and/or proof.
It’s a good idea to think about this (especially the passport) as early as possible to avoid queues at the peak before the holiday season :)
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What to choose, proof or passport?
We already wrote about this in a previous post.
Generally speaking, if you do not travel outside the European Union or the Schengen zone then you can safely just need a free proof (which you can also apply for online!). But on the other hand, you never know when some cool last minute abroad of our beautiful Union will happen, so it is better to be prepared ;)
How to apply for a child’s passport?
The application for a passport is submitted by both parents. Both of you have to appear at the office (you can be without a comforter). Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as when the father is unknown or the other parent does not have full rights. It is also possible to handle the subject by a proper declaration from one parent, but this must be handled by a notary, consular or passport office official. Here, however, we will focus on the situation when both parents/legal guardians go to the office.
What you need:
- Application for a passport – this one you will get at the passport point and fill out on the spot. Attention! Do not sign right away – this should be done only at the window under the watchful eye of an official.
- One photo (color).
- Confirmation of payment of the passport fee (PLN 30 or PLN 15 for large families). The fee can usually be paid on the spot by card (you’ll have to ask your office for details).
- If there is: passport or proof of child, Large Family Card.
- Parents’ ID cards.
With these documents you go together to the window at the passport point, complete the formalities and receive confirmation of your application, on which there is a rather important number. It will allow you to check online if your passport is ready for collection (you can check here).
The passport should be ready within 30 days, but it’s a good idea to check online after just 2 weeks to see what the status is. Ours was ready after about 20 days.
To pick up a passport, all you need is one of your parents with their ID.
How to apply for a proof for a child?
An application for a child’s ID can be submitted online or at the office.
This is an option only for those who have a trusted profile (eGo) or a qualified certificate.
The process itself is trivial – just go to the ePUAP website and select “get a case.” After logging in to the trusted profile, choose the municipality office where you will pick up the document, fill out the form, attach a photo, electronically sign, send and…. done :)
Now it remains to wait a maximum of 30 days.
The whole family does not have to go to the office – one parent is enough, unless the child is over 5, in which case the young citizen must also show up.
What you need:
- Identity document of the parent or legal guardian,
- application for proof – unlike the application for a passport, here it is even recommended to prepare it at home,
- a photo of the child (in color).
As with the passport, there is also a 30-day wait for the proof and you can also verify the status online(here). Collection of the document takes place at the same office, and you must appear for collection with an identity document.
As for the photo, the requirements for children are the same as for the passport, with the one difference that if you send an online form you simply attach one photo with a resolution of min. 492 x 610 pixels (must not weigh more than 2.5 MB).
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It turns out that official matters can be handled easily and quickly. All you need to do is read what you need and prepare to have a set of documents with you.
We were especially positively surprised by the way to apply for an ID card without leaving home!