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Introduction

All children who travel, including newborns and infants, need their own passport or travel document. This section contains extra information and resources related specifically to child passports and child passport applications.

Eligibility

Persons who may apply:

  • One of the child’s parents,
  • The custodial parent in the case of separation or divorce, or
  • The legal guardian (proof of legal guardianship must be provided).

Important: Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. If you submit the passport application in person: A parent, legal guardian or authorized third party may submit an application in person on behalf of a child. Passport Canada may also contact any other parent or legal guardian.

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Instructions

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Procedure

Forms

Canadian in Canada

Canadian in the United States

Canadian Abroad

Non-Canadian in Canada

Submitting your application

By Mail

Using a certified courier or traceable mail service can reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.
By mail
Passport Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Gatineau QC K1A 0G3
Canada
By courier
Passport Canada
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC J8T 8R1
Canada

In Person

  • At a Passport Canada office:

http://www.pptc.gc.ca/service/index.aspx?lang=eng&chkPPTC=on

  • At a participating Service Canada or Canada Post passport receiving agent:

http://www.pptc.gc.ca/info/agents.aspx?lang=eng
(Canada Post charges an extra $20 fee + applicable taxes for each passport application) Passport receiving agents do not accept all types of applications.
Note:If you submit your application in person, you should do so yourself. If this is not possible, it may be submitted in person by an acceptable third party. You must be 16 years of age or older to submit an application in person. Acceptable Third Party
The application may be submitted by a third party provided they:

  • show identification,
  • are 16 years of age or older,
  • are either your:
    • parent,
    • child,
    • parent's spouse or common-law partner,
    • child's spouse or common-law partner,
    • spouse or common-law partner,
    • spouse or common-law partner's:
    • parent,
    • parent's spouse or common-law partner,
    • child, or
    • child's spouse or common-law partner.

The people in the list above may or may not reside at the same address as you. In all cases, the person must provide identification. If the identification does not prove that the person lives with you, he or she must also bring a written statement signed by you, authorizing him or her to submit your passport application.

Any relative residing at your address can also submit an application on your behalf provided that they:

  • are 16 years of age or older, and
  • show identification confirming their place of residence. If the identification shown does not contain an address, further documentation to establish that the person resides at the same address as you will be required.

Passport delivery or pick-up

Once it’s ready, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you by traceable mail - unless you applied in person at a Passport Canada office and made pick-up arrangements when you applied (extra fees apply). A third party may pick up the passport in person on behalf of the applicant if written authorization from the applicant is provided.

Once you receive the child's passport

Make sure the information in the passport is accurate, especially the child’s personal information. If there are any errors, contact Passport Canada immediately to have the problem corrected.

Signature on a child's passport

  • Parents must never sign the passport of a child.
  • Children 11 years of age or over must sign the passport, in ink, in the signature block on page 3 only if their signature appears on page 2 of the passport. Otherwise, the signature block on page 3 should be left blank.
  • Children under 11 years of age do not sign the passport—the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

Address and emergency contact information

  • Complete the section provided on page 4. For the emergency contact, we recommend that you name someone who would not normally travel with the child.
  • If the address or emergency contact changes, cross out what is there and write the new information in the space above. Do not use correction fluid. If there isn’t enough space on page 4, write the new information on a separate piece of paper and insert it into the passport.

Children in Foster Care

(Or in the process of adoption in Canada)
Depending on the applicant’s relationship with the child, the child passport application form must be accompanied by one of the following:

Forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B and PPTC 463C specify what documents must be included with the application, as well as the required information, depending on the applicant’s relationship with the child. These forms also specify who qualifies as a guarantor, depending on who is applying, and the information the guarantor must provide.

The forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B or PPTC 463C must be filled out completely (no sections left blank) by the appropriate person and must always be accompanied by a Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 423 KB).

When submitted with forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B or PPTC 463C, only complete the following sections of the Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 423 KB):

  • Section 1—Child's Personal Information;
  • Section 2—Information on Applicant
  • the first two questions; and
  • the information on the Applicant (parent or legal guardian) and Other parent or legal guardian—to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian (other than the director of Family Services or the adoptive parent(s)), if the parent/legal guardian retains custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents;
  • Section 3—Previous Canadian Travel Document
  • Section 4—Proof of Canadian Citizenship; and
  • Section F—Credit Card Information, if applicable.

Additional instructions
If the applicant is:

  • the parent and is also the legal guardian or has parental authority of the child; or
  • the legal guardian of the child—other than the director of family services or the adoptive parent(s); then,
  • complete only the Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 423 KB).

However, if the parent who is applying is not the legal guardian or does not have parental authority of the child, the following documents must be submitted with the completed application form and other required documents:

  • a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority authorizing the applicant to apply for the child’s passport and authorizing the release of the passport to him or her;
  • a copy of the court order or agreements relating to the involvement of Family Services with the child, if such an order or agreements exists. In the event that a copy of the court order or agreements cannot be forwarded to Passport Canada for confidentiality reasons, the passport application must be accompanied by a summary of the order or agreements signed by the director of family services or the agency’s lawyer. The summary must indicate:
    • the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority;
    • whether a mobility restriction clause exists, and if so, what it entails; and
    • the date and number of the court order, if possible.
  • in the case of a probationary adoption, a letter from the director of Family Services confirming that the child is undergoing an adoption process, and the name of the future adoptive parents;
  • in the case of a private probationary adoption, the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if such an agreement exists.

Persons Adopted Abroad

  • Consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada for information about citizenship and international adoption.
  • Persons adopted abroad by Canadian citizens may immediately be granted citizenship provided the adoption meets certain criteria. Individuals adopted abroad and granted Canadian citizenship are entitled to Canadian passport services.

Returning to Canada with an adopted child

  • If you are traveling overseas and wish to apply for a Canadian passport to return to Canada with your adopted child, a passport application can be submitted at a Government of Canada office abroad as soon as the adoptee has been granted Canadian citizenship.
  • Note: You should submit the passport application at the Government of Canada office that processed the grant of citizenship or the Government of Canada office responsible for issuing passports to Canadian residents in the country where the adoptee resides (if different).

Adopted persons under 16 years of age

For children under 16 years of age, adoptive parents should complete:

A limited-validity passport may be issued once all passport application requirements have been met. A temporary passport may be issued if urgent travel is required. An additional processing fee (of C$70) will apply.

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Required Documents

  • Both pages of the application form completed and signed within the last 12 months, and certified by the guarantor;
  • Two (2) identical passport photos of the child, one certified by the guarantor;
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (original only);
  • Proof of parentage;
  • The required fees;
  • Any valid Canadian passport or travel document issued in the name of a child;
  • Proof of legal guardianship, if applicable; and
  • All documents that refer to custody of, mobility of, or access to the child.

Additional documents or information may be requested.

All documents submitted in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation from a certified translator. More information.

Proof of parentage
Effective October 1, 2012, a passport application for a child under 16 years of age must include one (1) of the following proof of parentage documents that demonstrates the child-parent relationship:

  • A detailed (long-form) birth certificate issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial vital statistics office that indicates the name of the parent(s) This document is also accepted as proof of Canadian Citizenship;
  • A court-issued adoption order indicating the name of the adoptive parent(s); or
  • A foreign birth certificate that indicates the name of the parent(s)

Note: documents in a language other than English or French must be translated into English or French by a certified translator.
Exception: A proof of parentage document is not required with an application only if a Canadian passport or travel document has previously been issued to the child and it is the same parent(s)/legal guardian(s) who applied for the previous passport or travel document participating in the new application process. All other documentation, including proof of citizenship, is still required.
This new requirement enhances the security of a child’s passport.

Custody, separation or divorce

  • Both parents are requested to participate in obtaining passport services for their child and to sign the application form. The other parent may be contacted. Where a legal guardian is the applicant, the other legal guardian, as the case may be, is also requested to participate. Proof of legal guardianship is required.
  • Where a court order or agreement exists referring to custody of the child, only the person with custodial rights may apply. All documents that refer to custody or mobility of, or access to, the child must be provided. If a divorce has been granted, a copy of the divorce judgement or order must also be provided. Where joint custody provisions exist, either parent may apply.
  • A certified translation (in English or French) must accompany any documents submitted as part of a passport application that are in a language other than English or French.

Fees

Canadian in Canada

Fees

  • 24 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$37
Children (under 3) - C$22

  • 48 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$39
Children (under 3) - C$24

Accepted methods of payment

  • In person:
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Debit card (Interac)
    • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada"
  • By mail
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card embossed only (raised letters or numbers) (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada"

Additional Fees

For Urgent and Express Service
You must apply in person at Passport Canada Office.
Proof of Travel is required.

  • Urgent Pick-up: C$70
  • Express Pick-up: C$30
  • Standard Pick-up: C$10

Canadian in the United States

Fees

  • 24 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$37
Children (under 3) - C$22

  • 48 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$39
Children (under 3) - C$24

Accepted methods of payment

  • By mail
    • Certified cheque or international money order (postal or bank) made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada"
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • In person at a Passport Canada service location
    • Debit card (Interac)
    • Certified cheque or international money order (postal or bank) made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada"
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card embossed only (raised letters or numbers) (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Canadian Abroad

Fees

  • 24 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$35
Children (under 3) - C$20

  • 48 Pages Passport:

Children (3-15) - C$37
Children (under 3) - C$22

Accepted methods of payment

  • In person at a Government of Canada Office abroad
    • Cash
    • Credit card(selected locations only)
    • Certified cheque, traveller's cheque or international money order (postal or bank) made payable to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, as the case may be

Note:Passport fees and payment methods vary based on fluctuations in the exchange rate and local banking regulations. You should contact the Government of Canada Office abroad where you will be submitting your passport application to confirm fees and acceptable methods of payment.

Non-Canadian in Canada

Fees

  • Travel Document:

Children (3-15) - C$37
Children (under 3) - C$22

  • Certificate of Identity:

Children (3-15) - C$37
Children (under 3) - C$22

You must pay the travel document fee at the time you apply, or the application will not be processed.
Once we receive your complete application, we can determine which document you are eligible for. If you are eligible for a certificate of identity, you will be asked to pay an additional C$40.

Accepted methods of payment

  • In person
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Debit card (Interac)
    • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada"
  • By mail
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Prepaid card embossed only (raised letters or numbers) (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
    • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the"Receiver General for Canada"

Validity

Passport

To ensure the passport and photo reflect the appearance of the child, the period of validity for a child's passport is determined by the age of the child:

  • Children under 3 years of age: passport is valid for 3 years
  • Children ages 3 to 15 years: passport is valid for 5 years

Travel document

To ensure that the travel document and the photo reflect the appearance of the child, the validity period of a child's travel document is determined by the child’s age and proof of immigration status.

Replacement passport for children

This service will only be available until June 30, 2014.
Children who are issued a passport in their first year of life (between birth and their first birthday) before July 1, 2013 are entitled to a one-time gratis replacement passport.
To apply for a one-time gratis replacement passport, you must submit:

  • A new application completed in full and signed by an eligible guarantor;
  • new photographs taken within one month of the date the request for the gratis replacement is received (one must be signed on the back by the guarantor);
  • original proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • proof of parentage, if applicable;
  • custody documents, if applicable; and
  • the original valid passport (it will not be returned).

The replacement passport will expire on the same date as the original passport.
The original passport will not be returned.

Once the child turns 16

The passport of a child who turns 16 remains valid until it reaches its expiry date.

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Office Locations & Contacts

Contact Information:
http://www.pptc.gc.ca/service/contact.aspx?lang=eng#A3
Passport Service Locations:
http://www.pptc.gc.ca/service/index.aspx?lang=eng&chkPPTC=on

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