Brittney asked this question 10 years ago:

Passport Question - When to Use "No Fee / Official" vs "Travel" Passport

I have a question on children's passports and have looked all over here and haven't seen anything on it. I am just double checking that we got the correct informtation since the passport office is now saying something different. My daughter was born in April and we went to the Passport Fair and got her the traveling passport forgot what it's called but it's not the no fee one we paid 165 for it I believe. We were told that passport could be used for her to travel anywhere, does that apply for traveling back to the states? The passport office told my husband last week that he needed to get her an official passport so I'm confused. I am looking to take her home in September/October and want to make sure I have everything I need to get her back here when it's time to leave Texas.

Thanks in advance
Brittney



10 years ago

I can tell you this from personal experience. We travel back and forth to the U.S. (including our kids) using our blue U.S. passports. The 'official' passports are supposed to be used for official travel only. In other words, if you are traveling on orders, use the official passport. If traveling for anything else, use your blue passport.

I make it a habit to carry both passports with me, but it is not required.

If you want more info on passports, look HERE. The site clearly says the no fee (official) passports are for:


  • You are traveling abroad for the U.S. Government


  • You are the dependent of someone traveling abroad for the U.S. Government


  • You are exempt by law from payment of the passport fee


  • You have a letter from the American Battle Monuments Commission stating that you are traveling overseas in honor of a deceased family member in the U.S. Armed Forces


So, as stated above, unless you are on official business, use your travel passport. The site also clarifies when a no fee passport should be used.

I hope this helps you.

Also, please note, there are blue passports that are official passports as well as blue that are official. The difference is the SOFA stamp in the official passport.

Burgundy passport = Official
Blue w/SOFA agreement on page 27 = Official
Blue that you paid money for = Travel

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10 years ago

It does thank you. She doesn't have the burgundy one just the blue one so that makes it even easier. I just didn't want to be stuck at customs at Frankfurt or Dallas lol. Thanks again.

10 years ago

Quote by Brittney:
It does thank you. She doesn't have the burgundy one just the blue one so that makes it even easier. I just didn't want to be stuck at customs at Frankfurt or Dallas lol. Thanks again.


You are very welcome. Happy to help. Just remember, since you have a newborn, security is picky about how much liquid you carry on to a plane. I am pretty sure there are exemptions for baby formula or breast milk that is bottled, but you might want to make sure.

Actually, I found the info HERE. Breast milk is not an issue. You have to declare it at security, however.

10 years ago

Interesting info. I am trying to book Lufthansa even though they are a little more expensive, but the benefits are greater. For anyone else traveling with a child under 2 and who lapsits with them I learned through American Airline website you have to pay 10% of the adult ticket even though they don't get their own seat. It is so they have their own ticket. However with Lufthsansa they have baby cribs/beds for free if I'm reading right and baby food onflight, but still recommend you bring your own. For the baby crib usage you just have to call them or let the booking agent know you have an infant under 6 months of age to reserve one since there are limited number available. Still have to pay 10% but at least they get a bed lol. Nice for 10 hour flights. There is a ton of info on Lufthsana's site under traveling with children.

10 years ago

Lufthansa is awesome. On my last two flights (about a week ago), they provided mothers with a portable changing table and a small bed for the baby to sleep in. Lufthansa really treats babies very well. Hell, on my next flight I am going to see if I can convince the airline that I am under a year old (skip the baby food, though).

I am going to the U.S. again in August, only I am going on Delta. Not a non-stop flight. Lufthansa has non-stop flights which are great, especially if you have an infant. No waking up the baby to change planes.

10 years ago

Lol, you can see if you can order off the kids menu . It's nice to know that they treat babies so well, just sux that they are so much more expensive, but non stop flights and the kindness they show is well worth it in the end.

9 years, 10 months ago

There is a big difference between "No Fee" and "Official" passports.
Dependents of military members, DoD civillians and contractors get "No Fee" passports. These are only valid for entry into the country the sponsor is stationed. If you want to travel, you have to get a regular passport. My wife ends up traveling with two everywhere we go.
A good tip is to always use your tourist passport when traveling, but keep your no fee one with you at all times. Immigration very rarely looks at your visa, which is in the no fee passport. If they ask about it, show them and explain. If you hand two of them over at the beginning, you only create confusion.
Dependents shouldn't have "Official" (burgundy) passports, unless they are Government employees or contractors and need to travel outside the country on official business.

9 years, 10 months ago

Quote by Hutch:
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Dependents shouldn't have "Official" (burgundy) passports, unless they are Government employees or contractors and need to travel outside the country on official business.


This is not entirely accurate. I am a dependent of a DoD civilian (teacher). My entire family has burgundy passports. Two minor children and myself. When we received them we were given very specific instructions on how to use them.

This is also discussed in greater detail HERE.

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