Determine your eligibility - Special and diplomatic passports

Only persons accredited to a foreign country have diplomatic or consular privileges and immunities.

This section contains information for representatives of the Government of Canada, and people travelling on Government of Canada-related business.

An official passport tells international border officials that the bearer is travelling on official business and is representing Canada abroad. Official Travel determines the type of passport you will receive.

Who can get an official passport

Special passports

  • members of the Privy Council who are not members of the Cabinet
  • premiers of the provinces
  • the chief justices and judges of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal
  • members of the Senate and members of the House of Commons
  • speakers of the legislative assemblies of the provinces
  • members of provincial Cabinets
  • employees of the Government of Canada in a non-diplomatic capacity going on an official mission, or to a post abroad
  • private citizens employed in senior positions by international governmental organizations of which Canada is a member
  • private citizens nominated as official delegates to international conferences of a non-diplomatic character
  • private citizens 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

Diplomatic passports

  • the Governor General
  • the Prime Minister
  • the Chief Justice of Canada and other judges of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • members of the Cabinet
  • lieutenant governors
  • the speakers of the Senate and the  House of Commons
  • the leaders of the opposition in the Senate and the House of Commons
  • deputy ministers of federal departments
  • ambassadors, ministers, high commissioners, and officers of diplomatic rank, attachés, trade commissioners and consular officers serving the Government of Canada abroad
  • representatives and delegates of the Government of Canada to international governmental organizations and international conferences of a diplomatic character
  • other employees of the Government of Canada going abroad on a diplomatic mission
  • private citizens nominated as official delegates of the Government of Canada to international conferences of a diplomatic character

An immediate family member may also apply for an official passport if they live with the person and they are:

  • traveling with the person, or
  • joining the person abroad.

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

Diplomatic couriers

Diplomatic couriers can apply for a diplomatic or a special passport based on the purpose of their mission abroad. Immediate family members of diplomatic couriers may not be entitled to a diplomatic passport to travel with or join the diplomatic courier abroad.

Read the Diplomatic and Special Passports Order – administrative version

Diplomatic and Special Passports Order

Note: This 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.

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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)

How to use an official passport

Unless granted a special authorization by the Passport Program, travellers must:

  • travel with only one valid Canadian passport
  • use their special or diplomatic passport when travelling on official business only

Travellers must use their regular passport when travelling for personal reasons, except:

  • the Governor General and their immediate family members
  • the Prime Minister of Canada and their immediate family members
  • members of the Privy Council
  • diplomats and their immediate family members while posted abroad
  • travellers and their immediate family members when a personal trip is immediately before or after an official trip

You must return your official passport to us when you complete an official trip, unless you are a government employee whose department has a memorandum of understanding with us.

We can revoke your passport or deny an official passport in the future if you do not follow these instructions.

Apply for your adult official passport

If you have a Canadian regular passport

Apply for a new official passport using the renewal form PPTC054 if your regular passport:

  • has the same name, place of birth, date of birth, and sex as your current application
  • was issued when you were at least 16 years old using an adult passport application form
  • was issued with a five-year or 10-year validity period
  • is not damaged and has never been reported lost or stolen
  • is still valid or expired less than one year ago

If you don’t have a Canadian regular passport

Apply for an official passport for adults and use the General Passport Application PPTC153.

Renew your adult official passport

Renew a special or diplomatic passport if you already have an official passport and it's about to expire.

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