What ID Is Required for Domestic Air Travel for Minors?

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The ID requirements for minors traveling on domestic airline flights differ from the rules for international flights. While no ID is mandatory, airlines can request proof of a minor's age for travel.

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Newborns

You typically need a doctor's approval letter to fly with a newborn. The definition of a newborn varies with each airline, but this is typically a child younger than 7 days old.

You typically need a doctor's approval letter to fly with a newborn.
You typically need a doctor's approval letter to fly with a newborn. (Image: Dick Luria/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Infants

An airline may request a birth certificate to determine whether a child is younger than 2 years old. You can present a passport instead.

An airline may request a birth certificate.
An airline may request a birth certificate. (Image: Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Children's Discounts

Minors who take advantage of discounted children’s fares may have to show their birth certificates to prove eligibility.

Under 18

Airlines can request proof of age, such as a birth certificate or passport, at the airport for any child younger than 18 years old.

Airlines can request proof of age.
Airlines can request proof of age. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Considerations

It is generally a good idea to have a photo ID, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID card, for any teenager who may be traveling. A passport is another option.

It is generally a good idea to have a photo ID.
It is generally a good idea to have a photo ID. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

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