by Michelle Taute May 17, 2019

The Situation

You’re getting ready to visit out-of-state relatives or take a big family vacation. It’s exciting, but it’s also your first time flying with the kids. Besides worrying about tantrums on the plane, you might be wondering: Do kids need ID to fly? Is TSA going to card my 3-year-old?


Short answer: Probably not. Long answer: We think it’s a good idea to invest in a child ID bracelet anyway for your own peace of mind. Read on for the ins-and-outs of airport rules and how to worry less about lost kids on your big trip.


What Happens at the Airport

Kid ID Bracelet by ROAD iD

Let’s start with the official rules about kids, flying and ID. For domestic flights, the TSA - and most airlines - don’t require ID for travelers under 18 if they’re with an adult. If you’re taking advantage of a free or discounted child fare, check the airline’s requirements. You may need a birth certificate or other documents to prove age and eligibility.

If you’re trying to recreate National Lampoon’s European Vacation, you’ll need a passport for every member of the family. A rule that stands for all international destinations. If both parents aren’t traveling - or you’re bringing along one of your kid’s friends - U.S. Customs and Border Protections recommends traveling with a letter from the absent parent(s) that gives you permission for international travel. It’s also crucial to check the requirements of any destination countries.


Beyond the Official Rules

OK, now that you know how to get on the plane with your kiddos, let’s talk about your parental sanity. Taking a family trip means navigating a lot of busy, confusing places. The airport is crowded, and it’s easy to lose sight of your child. Not to mention an amusement park or just navigating an unknown city. It’s incredibly scary to look up and think: Where’s my kid?

Many parenting blogs and travel safety articles recommend writing your phone number on your child’s arm with a Sharpie. But, trust us, there’s a better way. Invest in a snazzy ROAD iD for kids.These simple kids ID bracelets come in a whole bunch of fun colors, so you can let your children pick bracelets that match their style.

Plus, there’s plenty of room on the face plate to put their name, your name, your phone number and even any health or allergy information. Heck, you might even be able to fit in a fun saying or family motto to make this safety item loved by all. If your child wanders away with a ROAD iD, it’s easy for a kind stranger to quickly call and reunite you.

We think the peace of mind alone makes it worth investing in a kid ID bracelet. Even if the TSA doesn’t require you to have it for that big trip to Disney, the beach or Grandma’s house.


Ready to invest in ID for your kids? Check out our ROAD iD bands in kid-friendly sizes and colors.