Passports for children

For those affected by the Alberta wildfires:

Special measures are in place, including free replacements of passports and travel documents. Read the notice to find out more. If you don’t meet the requirements in the notice, call 1-800-567-6868.

All Canadian children, from newborns to age 16, require their own passport to travel. Children may only be issued a passport with a maximum validity of 5 years. A child’s passport remains valid until it reaches its expiry date, even after the child turns 16.

Services and information

Apply for a child’s passport

Forms, required documents, how to submit your application, and paying your fees.

Apply for a passport for an adopted or foster child

Forms, required documents, how to submit your application, and paying your fees.

Get a child’s passport photo

Photo size, what can and cannot be worn in passport photos and who can take a passport photo.

Check processing times

Passport applications, travel documents, urgent service, and express service

Pick up a child’s passport

Where to collect the passport if you do not want it mailed to you and what to do when you receive it.

Child safety

Adding a child’s name to a System Lookout List (for a parent concerned that someone else may apply for a passport for their child).


About your passport

Find out how to take good Canadian passport photos for babies.

Travelling with Children

All the information you need to travel safely with children, from consent letters to tips on international adoption.

Questions about passports?

Find quick and direct answers to your questions about Canadian passports, completing an application, and other travel information.

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