My wife, my 5 year old child, and I would be flying to San Francisco for our German visa. At the consulate, our passports would be collected. My question is how do I fly back with our passports taken? My wife and I have driver license. I guess that might work. But my concern is that we wouldn't have any ID for our child. We would have her birth certificate but since it is not a US birth certificate I am not sure how much stock to put into it. Has anyone had any experience with something similar? I am planning to take copies of all our documents, like passport and visa. Would that help? Any suggestions?
Additional Information: I have Oregon's driver license whereas my wife has a learner's permit. We are flying Alaska from San Francisco.
I was wondering if talking to the TSA when we land there and tell them about our conundrum might be helpful or would that be an exercise in futility?
Final Update: Thank you everyone for your opinions and suggestions. In the end having the driver's license and permit sufficed. I was also ready with bank cards as well as copy of the passports for all of us, but it was not needed.