Post # 1
Please share your story about traveling with a bi-racial/mixed baby and you don’t share the same surname.
I’d also love to hear about domestic travel stories too. Did customs give you a hard time? What extra proof did you bring along to prove it’s your baby? Did your husband/wife/partner travel with you?
Love to hear all your stories!
Post # 3
Hm….I’m interested to read the responses. My baby is biracial and my husband and I haven’t yet traveled. We’re planning our first (domestic) trip for later this spring and it would be helpful to know what we might need to be read for…
Post # 4
Make sure you have the “long” version of the birth ceertificate. It is a 8″ by 11″ paper. The one with the all the extra information on who is the mother/father, it also has the parents birthdates on it too, so if you have your birth ceertificates also, there should be no problems… not the little card sized one, it has no information on the parents.
Post # 5
My son isn’t mixed but has a different last name. Even for domestic travel, they have started questioning him now that he is able to communicate clearly (he’s 3). On our last trip, they asked him who I was, where we were going, and where we had been. Thank god he didn’t pick that moment to be shy, fussy, or a smart @$$!
Post # 6
Honestly, I thought it would be more stringent.
But when my Mother-In-Law traveled up here with our niece they did not have ask for my husband’s niece’s identification!
When my mom flew back with my niece & nephew it was no big deal as well. My mom has her maiden name on all her IDs so it was different than my niece’s & nephew’s last name on their ID.
Granted in both those scenarios they were all of the same race.
I would imagine/hope things would be more stringent with international travel!
We’ll likely be traveling with baby across the Canadian border when she’s about a month. I plan to bring her birth certificate and a bunch of pictures! I’ll let you know how that goes in a few months since our baby will be mixed.
If you’re flying I would just call the airline to confirm what proof they need.
Post # 7
If one parent is travelling with the child without the other parent, it is also a good idea to have the parent who isn’t travelling write a letter stating that they are aware and give consent to the other parent to travel with the child, where they are travelling to, and the dates of travel, along with contact info for the non-travelling parent for verification. This along with passport, birth certificate (long form type), should get you through without issue.
Post # 8
@Ms Mini: Wow! I would never have thought all that was necessary! DH is French so there is definitely much international travel with kids in our future, I imagine we won’t always be travelling together. I will take your advice to avoid hassle…I HATE airport security, I have a hard time respecting their authority, so the less time I spend with them the better 😉
Post # 9
I remember travelling when we were younger with just my mom (same last name) and she still always brought a note from my dad saying he was aware where we were going, and the dates of the trip.
Post # 10
Not biracial, but I do have a different last name than my mother (and our children will have a different last name than me) and it was never really an issue. My parents always told me ahead of time that I might be asked questions by customs and that I was to answer them honestly – I think they asked exactly once (and we travelled a lot).
The wisest thing, if the child is travelling with only one parent, is to have the other parent not only write a letter stating that they are aware etc., but also to have that letter notarized.
Post # 11
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My co-worker is Venezulan (sp?) and her husband is Mexican. Both of them have duel citizenship with the US and their home countries. Their son has his father’s last name.
She plans on travelling with the little boy to Mexico without the dad this summer. She’s getting a notarized letter to bring with her stating that he’s her son and is allowed to travel with him and stuff like that.
Post # 12
Racial profiling sucks (no matter if you are mixed or not).