Determine your eligibility - Special and diplomatic passports

Information for representatives of the Government of Canada and people travelling on Government of Canada related business.

Official passport eligibility is determined under the Diplomatic and Special Passports Order.

Note that only those who are accredited to a foreign country have diplomatic immunity.

A special or diplomatic passport confirms your identity and your role as an official of the Government of Canada. Only those who are accredited to a foreign country have diplomatic immunity.

Who can apply for a special or diplomatic passport: General eligibility and terms of use

Eligibility and terms of use for official passports are as follows:

  1. Unless a special authorization has been granted by the Passport Program, travellers must travel with only one valid Canadian passport;
  2. When travelling on official business, travellers must use their special or diplomatic passport, unless a special authorization has been granted by the Passport Program;
  3. When travelling for personal reasons, travellers must use their regular (blue) passport, except:
    1. The Governor General and Prime Minister of Canada and their authorized dependents, as well as members of the Privy Council, who may travel for personal reasons using a diplomatic passport;
    2. When the personal trip is right before or after an official trip without a return home to Canada. In this case, the personal travel can be on the official passport;
    3. When posted abroad, diplomats and their dependants may use their special or diplomatic passport for personal travel.
  4. On completion of the official trip, special and diplomatic passports must be returned to the Passport Program, except in the case of government employees whose department has a memorandum of understanding with the Passport Program.
  5. Failure to conform with the above-mentioned rules may result in Passport Program revoking the bearer's passport and/or deny issuance of a special or diplomatic passport in the future.

Who can use the renewal process to apply for a new special or diplomatic  passport

You can apply for a special or diplomatic passport using the renewal form if you already have a regular blue passport that:

  • is in the same name as your current application;
  • was issued when you were at least 16 years old;
  • was issued with a 5-year or 10-year validity period;
  • is still valid or expired for no more than one year;
  • is not damaged; and
  • was not reported lost or stolen.

Who can apply for a regular passport and a special or diplomatic passport at the same time

You may apply for a regular passport at the same time as a special or diplomatic passport if you do not already have a passport.

If you are applying only for a regular passport, you must submit a regular passport application.

If you do plan to travel within the next 20 business days with the regular passport, apply in person at a passport office, rather than through Official Travel, Passport Program.

Who can renew a special or diplomatic passport

You can renew your special or diplomatic passport if one was previously issued to you.

Diplomatic and special passports for dependants

Find out if your dependant child is eligible for an official passport.

Canadian Passport Order – Administrative version

Note: The information below is not the official version. We assume no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any reproduction derived from the legislative material on this page. The legislative material on this page has been prepared for convenience of reference only and does not have official value.

Diplomatic and Special Passports Order

Made by Order in Council P.C. 2005-2216 dated November 28, 2005.

  1. Repealed (P.C. 2013-542)

  2. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may, in his or her discretion, authorize the issuance of a diplomatic passport to the following persons or to a person holding one of the following offices, as the case may be : (P.C. 2013-542)

    1. the Governor General;
    2. the Prime Minister;
    3. the Chief Justice of Canada and other Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada; (P.C. 2006-1566)
    4. members of the Cabinet;
    5. Lieutenant Governors;
    6. the Speakers of the Senate and the Speakers of the House of Commons;
    7. the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons;
    8. Deputy Minister of Departments of the Government of Canada;
    9. Ambassadors, Ministers, High Commissioners, and officers of diplomatic rank, Attachés, Trade Commissioners and Consular Officers serving the Government of Canada abroad;
    10. representatives and delegates of the Government of Canada to international governmental organizations and international conferences, of a diplomatic character;
    11. officers of the Government of Canada, not otherwise provided for in this section, proceeding abroad on a mission of a diplomatic character;
    12. private citizens duly nominated as official delegates of the Government of Canada to international conferences of a diplomatic character;
    13. members of the immediate family of a person to whom a passport has been issued under any of paragraphs (a) to (l) whose normal place of residence is with that person and who are traveling with that person or proceeding to join that person abroad ; and
    14. diplomatic couriers.
  3. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may, in his or her discretion, authorize the issuance of a special passport to the following persons or to a person holding one of the following offices, as the case may be: (P.C. 2013-542)

    1. members of the Privy Council, not being members of the Cabinet;
    2. Premiers of the Provinces;
    3. repealed (C.P. 2006-1566)
    4. the Chief Justices of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal and the other Judges of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal; (P.C. 2006-1566)
    5. members of the Senate and members of the House of Commons;
    6. speakers of the legislative assemblies of the Provinces;
    7. members of Provincial Cabinets;
    8. persons employed by the Government of Canada in a non-diplomatic capacity proceeding on an official mission or to a post abroad;
    9. private citizens employed in senior positions by international governmental organizations of which Canada is a member;
    10. private citizens duly nominated as official delegates to international conferences of a non-diplomatic character;
    11. private citizens duly nominated as official advisers or experts, forming part of delegations of the Government of Canada to international conferences of either a diplomatic or non-diplomatic character; and
    12. members of the immediate family of a person to whom a passport has been issued under any of paragraphs (a) to (k) whose normal place of residence is with that person and who are travelling with that person or proceeding to join that person abroad.
  4. a. Notwithstanding the expiry date of a passport issued to a person under section 2 or 3, the passport ceases automatically to be valid on the date of the termination of the duty for which the passport was issued to that person, as the case may be.

    b. A person to whom a passport was issued under section 2 or 3 shall, on the expiration of the passport as provided in subsection (1), surrender it to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. (P.C. 2013-542)

  5. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may, from time to time, issue instructions, not inconsistent with this Order, regarding the issuance and control of passports issued under section 2 or 3. (P.C. 2013-542)
  6. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration shall decide whether or not an individual or mission has diplomatic or official status or is of a diplomatic or official character and whether or not individuals may be considered as members of the immediate family of persons to whom diplomatic or special passports have been issued. (P.C. 2013-542)
  7. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may authorize the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development or the Minister of Foreign Affairs to exercise any of the functions of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration set out in sections 12 and 13 of the Canadian Passport Order in respect of this Order. (P.C. 2013-542)
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