Completing the child passport application

Child's personal information

Does my child need to sign the application form?

Children don’t need to sign the signature box on the application form. Other sections of the application form should be signed by either the applicant parent, the other parent or guardian, and the guarantor, where applicable.

Information on applicant

What should I do if I don’t know where the other parent is?

Please contact us.

What should I do if the other parent is deceased?

If the other parent is deceased you should include the following with the application:

  • death certificate
  • child's long-form birth certificate with the names of both parents

Previous Canadian passport

Do I have to return my child's expired passport?

No, you don’t need to return your child's passport if it has expired.

Can I keep my child's valid passport until you issue a new one?

No, you must submit your child's valid passport for cancellation when applying for their new passport. You can ask that we return the passport to you when we are finished processing the application.

Proof of Canadian citizenship

Do I need to submit a detailed birth certificate with my child's application?

You must submit proof of parentage for each first-time child passport application. This official document can be a:

  • detailed (long-form) birth certificate issued by a Canadian province or territory that shows the name(s) of the parent(s)
    • if born in Ontario, we accept a certified copy of birth registration
    • if born in Quebec, we accept a copy of an act of birth
  • court-issued adoption order that shows the name(s) of the adoptive parent(s)
  • foreign birth certificate that shows the name(s) of the parent(s), translated into French or English by a certified translator

We don’t need proof of parentage if:

  • your child has already been issued a passport
  • the same parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are applying as those for the child's last passport

If this is the case, you can provide a short-form birth certificate as proof of citizenship. You don’t need to submit the previous expired passport.

Can I submit a laminated birth certificate?

We don’t accept laminated birth certificates when the document says it is "void if laminated".

Do I need to submit the child's original proof of citizenship?

Yes, you must submit the child's original proof of citizenship document. We don’t accept photocopies of proof of citizenship.

We will return the original document to you with your new passport. If you apply in person at a passport office, the officer will review the document and return it to you at that time.

Will you return my child's citizenship document to me?

Yes, we will return your original documents to you with your new passport. If you apply in person at a passport office, the officer will review the document and return it to you at that time.

What document should I submit as proof of my child's Canadian citizenship?

The only documents we accept as proof of Canadian citizenship for a child (under 16) passport application are:

  • birth certificates issued by the province or the territory where the child was born
  • certificates of Canadian citizenship

Child applications need both proof of citizenship and proof of parentage.

For children born in Canada, submit their detailed (long-form) birth certificate that shows the name(s) of the parent(s). This document also counts as the proof of parentage.

For children born outside Canada, submit the child's foreign birth certificate that shows the name(s) of the parent(s). This document also counts as proof of parentage. If the document is not in French or English, it must be translated by a certified translator.

Does the name on the passport have to match the name on my child's proof of Citizenship?

Yes. Under the new requirements, we issue passports in the same name that is on the proof of Canadian citizenship for all children under 16.

My child's current passport's name is different than what is on his/her Canadian citizenship. Which name will appear on the passport?

The name on your child's Citizenship certificate is the name that will appear on the passport. The rules changed on October 20, 2014. The name that appears on the passport must be the same name as on the Citizenship certificate.

Declaration of guarantor

Can a family member act as guarantor for my child?

A relative can act as a guarantor if they meet the requirements.

If you are applying for your child, you cannot act as the guarantor.

Who can sign as a guarantor for my child?

The guarantor must:

Miscellaneous

Do children need their own passport to travel?

Yes, all children who travel (alone or with an adult) need their own passport.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recommended a policy requiring everyone who travels by air to have his or her own travel document. This policy has been put in place to fight human trafficking in children. It helps protect children by ensuring that they have a valid travel document with a photo and other identifying information.

Can my child get a free replacement passport?

No, we don’t offer free replacement passport service.

My child will soon turn 16 years old. Should I apply for a child's passport or wait to apply for an adult passport after his or her birthday?

It depends when you need to travel. A child’s passport is only valid for five years and is not eligible for renewal. An adult passport (16 years of age or over) can be valid for five or 10 years and is eligible for renewal.

Do I need to sign my child's passport?

Important: Never sign your child’s passport or other travel documents. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. However, children 15 or younger can still sign it.

Does my child need to sign his or her passport?

A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. However, children 15 or younger can still sign it.

Important: Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

Does my child need to provide any documents to support his or her identity?

No, you don’t need proof of identity for a child application. You only need proof of Canadian citizenship.

Will my child's passport expire once he or she reaches 16 years of age?

No, your child's passport will be valid until its expiry date. They only need a new passport when their passport has expired.

If I am divorced or separated and want to get a passport for my child, are there any other documents that I need to submit?

You must submit all documents related to the custody of the child with the application. When we review the application, we may ask for more information if we need clarification of the situation.

Can I prevent a passport being issued in the name of a child under 16?

You can ask that your child's information be added to the Passport Program System Lookout List if you, as a parent or legal guardian, are concerned:

  • for the safety of your child
  • that an unauthorized passport application may be made on behalf of your child

This entry will alert staff that more follow-up is needed when processing the child's application. We will make sure:

  • all legal documents are reviewed
  • there are no restrictions on your child's mobility
  • there is no other reason that would prevent a Canadian passport being issued in the name of your child
Can airline companies force parents to sign their child's passport?

Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. However, children 15 or younger can still sign it.

What should I do if I have signed my child's passport?

If you’ve signed your child’s passport, apply for a new one to avoid problems and delays at international borders. You will need to submit all your documents again, and pay the fees in full.

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