How to apply for a child’s passport

IRCC has resumed using Canada Post mail services

Effective July 11, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has resumed normal processing and shipping procedures using Canada Post mail services.

Applications submitted at a Passport Office or at a Service Canada Receiving Agent will be mailed to the address listed on your application.

If you submitted your application at a Passport Office and do not receive the passport by mail within 15 business days from the date of submission, you should return to the office where you applied to collect the passport.

If you paid for Urgent, Express or Pick-up service, you must pick up your passport at the location and on the date that was decided when you applied.

If you are submitting a new application, include your date of travel and email address if possible.

We are monitoring the Canada Post situation and will provide new instructions as needed.

Only the following people can apply for a child’s passport:

  • One of the child’s parents
  • In the case of separation or divorce, the parent who has custody of the child (separation agreements and court orders must be provided)
  • The child’s legal guardian (proof of legal guardianship must be provided)

Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. The Passport Program may contact the other legal guardian or parent.

The forms you need to complete may differ depending on where you are applying from.

Apply for a child’s passport in Canada

It's important to know your travel date. If you are not traveling in the next month or so, you can submit the application by mail or visit one of the Passport offices, Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agent locations. If you need your child’s passport in the next 20 days, you need to apply in person at one of the Passport office locations. Many locations also offer pick up, express and urgent service for an extra fee.

If you already have a passport for your child, it will be cancelled and must be submitted with the application. A cancelled passport cannot be used for travel.

1. Complete the application form

To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.

Sign each page of the application. Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent/legal guardian.

Complete the Child application form (PPTC 155).

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with your child’s application form:

All documents must be submitted in either French or English. If a document is in another language, an official translation must be provided.

3. Find a guarantor

For a new passport application for your child, you will need to find a guarantor to sign the application and one of the passport photos. The guarantor must have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least two (2) years and must have knowledge of the child.  

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you are applying by mail:

Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

Address for mail:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
Canada

Pay your fees by mail

When sending the application by mail, you can pay by:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express credit card (prepaid cards are accepted), or
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  •  are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

When applying in person at a passport office or a receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post):

Find a passport office, Service Canada office or Canada Post passport receiving agent closest to you. Canada Post charges an extra $20 fee plus applicable taxes.

When applying in person, you should submit your application yourself. If this is not possible, it may be submitted in person by someone else unless it is an urgent or express request (you must apply in person yourself for urgent or express service).

If you want to pick up your child’s passport in person, you need to make arrangements and pay the additional fee when you apply.

Pay your fees in person

When applying in person, you can pay by:

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (Interac)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Passport offices do not accept cash or personal cheques. Receiving agents (Service Canada and Canada Post) will accept cash (exact change only) but will not accept personal cheques.

Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  •  are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

5. Receiving your child’s passport

If you applied by mail, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you by traceable mail; and may be in two separate packages.

A child’s passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant, as well as valid identification.

If you applied in person and paid for a pick-up service, the pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

A child’s passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant, as well as valid identification.

Apply for a child’s passport from the United States

Governments of Canada consular offices in the United States do not provide passport services.

You must send the child’s passport by mail.

If you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at a passport office or a receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post) and make arrangements to pick it up for an additional service fee or have the passport delivered to an address in Canada. The passport cannot be delivered to your address in the United States if you apply in Canada.

Urgent request

If you need a child’s passport urgently, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad. Additional fees may apply.

1. Complete the application form

To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.

Sign each page of the application. Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent/legal guardian.

Complete the Child application form (PPTC 155).

If you choose an occupation-based guarantor, complete the Child application form (PPTC 142), instead.

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with your child’s application form:

All documents must be submitted in either French or English. If a document is in another language, an official translation must be provided.

3. Find a guarantor

For new passport application you will need to find a guarantor to sign your child’s application and one of the passport photos. The guarantor must have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least two (2) years and must have knowledge of the child.

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

You must send the child’s application by mail unless you happen to be in Canada.

If you are applying by mail:

Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

Address for mail:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
Canada

Pay your fees by mail

When sending the application by mail, you can pay by:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express credit card (prepaid cards are accepted), or
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel your application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

If you are applying in person in Canada:

If you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at a passport office or receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post) service location.

When you apply in person, you can choose if you want the passport delivered or you can pick it up for an additional service fee.

Pay your fees in person (in Canada)

When applying in person, you can pay by:

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (Interac)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Passport offices do not accept cash or personal cheques. Receiving agents (Service Canada and Canada Post) will accept cash (exact change only) but will not accept personal cheques.

Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  •  are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

5. Receiving your child’s passport

If you applied by mail, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you by courier service; and may be in two separate packages.

If you applied in person and paid for a pick-up service, the pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

A child’s passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant and valid identification.  The child must be present when the passport is picked up.

Apply for a child’s passport outside Canada and the United States

Submit your application to the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

If you are in Canada, you may apply in person at a passport office, but you will be required to pick up the passport in person before you leave. You cannot apply at a Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agent. The passport cannot be mailed to your address outside Canada and the United States.

Urgent request

If you need a child’s passport urgently, contact the nearest Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad (additional fees apply).

1. Complete the application form

To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.

Sign each page of the application. Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent/legal guardian.

Complete the Child application form (PPTC  042).

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with your child’s application form:

All documents must be submitted in either French or English. If a document is in another language, an official translation must be provided.

3.  Find a guarantor

For new passport applications, you will need to find a guarantor to sign your child’s application and one of the passport photos. The guarantor must have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least two (2) years and must have knowledge of the child.

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit your application to the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

If you are in Canada, you may apply in person at a Passport office, but you will be required to pick up the passport in person before you leave. You cannot apply at a Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agent. The passport cannot be mailed to your address outside Canada and the United States.

Paying your fees

Fees and payment methods vary based on the exchange rate and local banking regulations. Contact the closest Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad  to confirm fees and methods of payment.

When you apply in person at a Canadian government office abroad, you can pay for your passport application by:

  • cash (where accepted – confirm fee and accepted methods of payment with the nearest Canadian government office abroad),
  • credit card (where accepted –  confirm fee and accepted methods of payment with the nearest Canadian government office abroad), or
  • 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 (where accepted – please confirm fee and accepted methods of payment with the nearest Canadian government office abroad).

If you pay by credit card, you will need to complete a Credit Card Authorization form to give permission to the Government of Canada to charge your credit card for your passport application.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  •  are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

When you apply in person in Canada, you can pay by:

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (Interac)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Passport offices do not accept cash or personal cheques.

Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a travel document, or
  •  are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

5. Receiving your child’s passport

The Canadian government office abroad where you applied will let you know when your passport is ready and give you instructions on when and how to pick it up.

If you applied in person and paid for a pick-up service, the pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

A child’s passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant and valid identification The child must be present when the passport is picked up.

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