Secondary Child's passport?

Hi im not sure if this is in the right category,please do forgive me if it's not as I'm new to the forums area of this site!

Im looking for advice on having a passport issued in my child's name (born 2008) as i am classed as the absent parent,although we have shared access weekends and school holidays.
In recent years i have had to ask for permission to borrow his passport that my ex wife has always held at her property,this has caused trouble with jealousy of the destination i had planned to take my son and sometimes even rejection to taking him away.
I have no issue with her taking him abroad along as i know and have a contact number whilst they are there if i need it,although i never get asked for my authorisation in doing so.

My friend mentioned me getting a passport of my own in his name to keep at my house if such occasion like a trip abroad would arise as a second passport,although i do not know if this is obtainable?

Could anyone in the same situation please shed the light on this situation and help me sort this out once and for all,i cannot go on being refused to spend time with my son on special occasions.

Thanks in a advance!
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  • pauletruth
    pauletruth Posts: 1,133 Forumite
    nope you can't do that. i had 2 for a few months and they were very keen to get the second back.
  • peachyprice
    peachyprice Posts: 22,346
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    No you can't have two passports for your child, and if the mother signed the form as the applicant for the current one you won't even be able to renew without her written permission.
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  • Is your contact with your son court ordered or an informal agreement?
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  • Thank you for your advice & information,a little disheartening to know the answer though I guess!
    -NotSuchASmugMarriedNow, we have an official court order for joint access although at the time of the initial passport application this was still being drawn up.
    I have no idea how she obtained the original as I haven't signed any documents of my consent,although I do believe she listed me as 'absent' although I am on my sons birth certificate and has had regular access from days of his birth!
  • balletshoes
    balletshoes Posts: 16,610 Forumite
    I'm sure only one parent has to take responsibility for applying for their child's passport - permission from both parents isn't required by the Passport agency.

    My brother applied for his daughter's first passport last month, he has PR, separated from his daughter's mum, and it was processed with no problem. She was also born in 2008.
  • peachyprice
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    Busby82 wrote: »
    I have no idea how she obtained the original as I haven't signed any documents of my consent,although I do believe she listed me as 'absent' although I am on my sons birth certificate and has had regular access from days of his birth!

    She didn't need your consent, same as you wouldn't have needed her consent if you'd applied for the first passport, but unfortunately whoever applies first sets a precedent.
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  • THANKYOU very much for your replies,I may just have to work a little harder to allow me access to taking my son abroad.
  • peachyprice
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    Perhaps it's time to go back to court to get it written into the court order.
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  • InsideInsurance
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    It is possible to have more than one British passport but it is only considered for exceptional circumstances. A colleague has two because he does a massive amount of travel and it causes problems when needing to send it off for a visa whilst needing to travel somewhere else plus getting visas/ entry stamps from unfriendly nations (USA/ Cuba, Israel/ most the rest of the middle east etc) etc

    I dont know how difficult it is as I have a second nationality so just deal with the same issue by having two different passports that way.

    Worth at least a phonecall to the passport help line to see if it is something they will consider.

    Of cause, if you have a second nationality or any of your parents did (or potentially further back) then rights for your kid to claim that other nationality and thus a passport would be another avenue to explore.
  • zagubov
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    It is possible to have more than one British passport but it is only considered for exceptional circumstances. A colleague has two because he does a massive amount of travel and it causes problems when needing to send it off for a visa whilst needing to travel somewhere else plus getting visas/ entry stamps from unfriendly nations (USA/ Cuba, Israel/ most the rest of the middle east etc) etc

    I dont know how difficult it is as I have a second nationality so just deal with the same issue by having two different passports that way.

    Worth at least a phonecall to the passport help line to see if it is something they will consider.

    Of cause, if you have a second nationality or any of your parents did (or potentially further back) then rights for your kid to claim that other nationality and thus a passport would be another avenue to explore.

    It used to be common for people to have a second passport if you travelled to Taiwan and China, Israel and the Arab world and in the past, South Africa and most of the rest of Africa.
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