Time flies, and before you know it, you will be thinking about taking your baby with you on a short trip overseas.
Our boy just turned 3 months, and we are now at that point where we would like to travel.
Here is how we applied and got the Malaysian international passport within the same day. The process was simple enough, although we wish we had read this blog post before going.
We went to the Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department, which is now located off Jalan Duta (Jalan Sri Hartamas 1). It is located opposite the Publika shopping mall, and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Do note that the previous office in Pusat Bandar Damansara has now moved here.
- Download the official form – Im.42-pin 1/97 (alternate link). It consists of a front and back page. See sample below
- Print the front and back pages of the form on one piece of A4 paper. Do not print it on 2 pieces of paper
- Fill in the form with a black ball point pen. Have your baby’s details ready: full name, birth certificate number, most recent height, residential address
- 1 x completed form (Im.42-pin 1/97)
- 2 x passport-sized photos
- 1 x photocopy of your baby’s birth certificate
- 1 x photocopy of the parent’s identify card (NRIC) on one page. Only one parent has to sign the form, and both the mother and father can choose to do this
- Get your queue number: There will be one counter dedicated for this purpose. The officer at this counter will check your documents and then issue a queue ticket. Take the ticket and wait for your number to be called
- Application process: The next counter you go to will process your application. In our case, there were only 4 people ahead of us, as we were directed to a Kaunter Khas (“special counter”). Only 2 counters (out of probably 20) were designated as Kaunter Khas. We believe this is because we were carrying a small baby. At this counter, you will be asked to verify your details, and one parent will be asked to sign the form in front of the officer. We noticed that older children were required to provide their thumb print, but this was not necessary for our 3-month old boy. The officer will hold on to your baby’s original birth certificate and the parent’s identity card until you make a payment at the subsequent counter
- Make your payment: Wait for your number to be called. Then proceed to the payment counter, and make a cash payment. For children below 12, the cost is RM150 for 5 years. You will be given a receipt upon payment and your original documents will be returned to you. The passport will now be processed and will be ready for collection within 1 hour
- Collect your passport: In our case, it took about 45 minutes for our number to be called again. Make sure your baby is present during collection, and you will be asked to provide the payment receipt, birth certificate, and the parent’s identity card. Check the details on your passport, then sign on the designated document that the officer gives you
- Your baby must be present at all steps / counters expect during payment. We made the mistake of assuming that only the parent was needed during the passport collection
- Your passport will be ready on the same day, within 1 hour of making the payment (yes, it’s true!)
- Do not worry about which parent signs the form as the mother and father’s name will NOT appear in the child’s passport
- There were many people at the Immigration Department (KL / Jalan Duta) on a Saturday morning, but our experience was faster than most people because we were directed to the Kaunter Khas for small children
- Bring a photocopy of your identify card and your baby’s birth certificate. The Immigration department’s website did not state this the last time we checked
- The KL Immigration Department is located within the Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri. It is best to get here via Jalan Duta instead of Jalan Sri Hartamas 1. There is ample (and free) outdoor parking spaces within the complex
- The KL Immigration Department is not stroller-friendly. We carried our child throughout the process, and thankfully, everything went well