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Old 04-01-2005, 08:57 AM
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My family will be taking our first cruise in July 05 to Cozamel and Costa Maya. I know we all need our state certified birth certificates and my husband and I need our drivers license but what I don't know is do the kids (13, 11) need a state issued picture id? Also, I've heard that my children will need a statement from their father(ex-husband) signed that he has given his permission for them to leave the country. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks!!!
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My family will be taking our first cruise in July 05 to Cozamel and Costa Maya. I know we all need our state certified birth certificates and my husband and I need our drivers license but what I don't know is do the kids (13, 11) need a state issued picture id? Also, I've heard that my children will need a statement from their father(ex-husband) signed that he has given his permission for them to leave the country. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks!!!
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Old 04-01-2005, 02:14 PM
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Welcome to cruise-chat. The children will only need a certified copy of their birth certificates. The question regarding permission from your ex-husband is not as easy to answer. Depending on the particular agent who is processing your check-in - you may need to present some written proof (notarized permission statement) that your ex-husband does grant permission for the travel. This is particularly true if you are remarried so that your name does not match that on the children's birth certificate. Again, this is one of those "hit or miss" situations - there is no consistent rule that is adhered to by all agents. If it is within the realm of possibility, it is much easier to have the proof of permission and not need it, then to be subjected to the questioning - without proof.
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I once tried to take one of my son's 17 year-old girlfriends to Mexico on a surfing trip. She had the birth certificate, notarized note from her divorced Mom, etc. The America West gate agent refused to board her until they had a notarized copy of the ex-husband's permission to let her leave the country, or a notarized copy of legal papers showing the mother had full legal custody. We almost had to nix the trip, but the mother was able get the ex-husband to send one to the airline and we were allowed to board the last flight of the day. My opinion is not to take a chance with it. Get the birth father's notarized permission and also take any adoption papers that may exist.

The cruise line would be within their right to not board her if they chose to do so without proper documentation.

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Old 04-04-2005, 08:55 AM
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What about photo ids? Do children need them too?
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I have not heard of that, but I would check with the cruise line to see what they say.

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Most cruise lines do not require picture ID's for kids, but we did go to the Highway Dept. and paid $5.00 for a goverment picture ID for our daughter when she was 12. It looks just like a drivers license and she thinks she is something with it. She has used it many times over the last couple of years. Also, with the new goverment security measures coming to pass it won't be long before everyone has to have a passport to travel.
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