How to apply for a child passport in Canada


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A Canadian passport is a travel document that Canadian citizens can apply for.

A child passport is valid for a maximum of 5 years. It’s valid until it reaches its expiry date, even after the child turns 16.

 You can’t renew a child passport. When the child turns 16, they can apply for a new adult passport.

Until then, you need to apply for a new child passport when it expires.

Your child may not need a passport to travel to the US by land or sea.

Children 15 and under don’t need a passport to enter the United States or return to Canada by land or sea.

Documents you can use instead of a passport:

  • original or copy of their birth certificate
    • It should be issued by the vital statistics department from the province or territory where they were born.
  • original Canadian citizenship certificate
  • Canadian citizenship card

When they turn 16, they need a passport if they’re going to enter the US.

Learn more about traveling to the US from Canada.

Who can apply for a child passport

To apply for a child passport, you must be one of the following:

  • one of the child’s parents (if you’re not separated or divorced)
  • the parent who has custody of the child (if you are separated or divorced) with the correct documentation
  • the child’s legal guardian, with the correct documentation

All parents or legal guardians should sign the application form.

  • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us.
  • We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

If you’re worried that someone might apply for a passport for your child without your consent

Find out how to add your child’s name to a special list for their safety.

We’re issuing new passport booklets as of June 18, 2023

Until we finish installing the printers for the new passports in all offices, you may still get the current passport when you apply. By spring 2024, we’ll just be issuing the new passports.

If you have a valid passport already, it’s still secure and reliable. You don’t need to apply for a new one.

Forms, instructions and fees

Answer the questions below. We’ll then

  • give you all the forms you need
  • tell you how to submit your application
  • show the costs for different passport services

You need to contact us as soon as possible to report the theft or loss of your previous passport.

1. Complete the form

Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

  • indicate the relationship between you (the applicant) and the other parent or legal guardian in section 2 of the form
  • add your signature in sections 2 and 5 of the form
    • All of the child’s parents or legal guardians must sign the form.
    • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us (opens in a new tab)
  • include the date the guarantor signed the application in section 6 of the form

If both parents or legal guardians cannot sign the form, contact us and we’ll tell you what to do.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo

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

You may need to provide extra documents if you’re updating their gender identifier.

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation(opens in a new tab) .

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

If you applied by mail

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

1. Complete the form

Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

  • indicate the relationship between you (the applicant) and the other parent or legal guardian in section 2 of the form
  • add your signature in sections 2 and 5 of the form
    • All of the child’s parents or legal guardians must sign the form.
    • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us (opens in a new tab)
  • include the date the guarantor signed the application in section 6 of the form

If both parents or legal guardians cannot sign the form, contact us and we’ll tell you what to do.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo

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

You may need to provide extra documents if you’re updating their gender identifier.

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation(opens in a new tab) .

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

1. Complete the form

Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

  • indicate the relationship between you (the applicant) and the other parent or legal guardian in section 2 of the form
  • add your signature in sections 2 and 5 of the form
    • All of the child’s parents or legal guardians must sign the form.
    • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us (opens in a new tab)
  • include the date the guarantor signed the application in section 6 of the form

If both parents or legal guardians cannot sign the form, contact us and we’ll tell you what to do.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo

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

You may need to provide extra documents if you’re updating their gender identifier.

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation(opens in a new tab) .

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

1. Complete the form

Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

  • indicate the relationship between you (the applicant) and the other parent or legal guardian in section 2 of the form
  • add your signature in sections 2 and 5 of the form
    • All of the child’s parents or legal guardians must sign the form.
    • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us (opens in a new tab)
  • include the date the guarantor signed the application in section 6 of the form

If both parents or legal guardians cannot sign the form, contact us and we’ll tell you what to do.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo

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

You may need to provide extra documents if you’re updating their gender identifier.

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation(opens in a new tab) .

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

1. Complete the form

Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent or legal guardian.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

  • indicate the relationship between you (the applicant) and the other parent or legal guardian in section 2 of the form
  • add your signature in sections 2 and 5 of the form
    • All of the child’s parents or legal guardians must sign the form.
    • If you don’t know where the other parent or legal guardian is, contact us (opens in a new tab)
  • include the date the guarantor signed the application in section 6 of the form

If both parents or legal guardians cannot sign the form, contact us and we’ll tell you what to do.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo

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

You may need to provide extra documents if you’re updating their gender identifier.

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation(opens in a new tab) .

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Call us and pay the fees (weekend or statutory holiday)

Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application. We answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 am to 5 pm (your local time)
  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $335.

Fees for family members using the weekend or statutory holiday service

If you need the weekend or holiday service for your family members at the same time, you need to pay an urgent service fee of $110 per family member.

For example, if you apply for a 10-year passport for yourself and a 5-year passport for your child, the fees will be

  • $160 for your passport
  • $335 for your weekend or statutory holiday service
  • $57 for the child’s passport
  • $110 for the child’s urgent service
Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab) 

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

If you applied by mail

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption: Get it in 2 to 9 business days

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption: Get it by the end of the next business day

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption: Get it on a weekend or statutory holiday

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Call us and pay the fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Call us and pay the fees (weekend or statutory holiday)

Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application. We answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 am to 5 pm (your local time)
  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $335.

Fees for family members using the weekend or statutory holiday service

If you need the weekend or holiday service for your family members at the same time, you need to pay an urgent service fee of $110 per family member.

For example, if you apply for a 10-year passport for yourself and a 5-year passport for your child, the fees will be

  • $160 for your passport
  • $335 for your weekend or statutory holiday service
  • $57 for the child’s passport
  • $110 for the child’s urgent service
Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab) 

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child undergoing a private probationary adoption:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

If you applied by mail

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child undergoing a private probationary adoption:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption: Get it in 2 to 9 business days

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child undergoing a private probationary adoption:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption: Get it by the end of the next business day

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and your child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child undergoing a private probationary adoption:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption: Get it on a weekend or statutory holiday

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Call us and pay the fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents for a child in foster care or undergoing probationary adoption:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Call us and pay the fees (weekend or statutory holiday)

Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application. We answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 am to 5 pm (your local time)
  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $335.

Fees for family members using the weekend or statutory holiday service

If you need the weekend or holiday service for your family members at the same time, you need to pay an urgent service fee of $110 per family member.

For example, if you apply for a 10-year passport for yourself and a 5-year passport for your child, the fees will be

  • $160 for your passport
  • $335 for your weekend or statutory holiday service
  • $57 for the child’s passport
  • $110 for the child’s urgent service
Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab) 

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker :

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

If you applied by mail

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker :

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker: Get it in 2 to 9 business days

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker :

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker: Get it by the end of the next business day

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker :

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker: Get it on a weekend or statutory holiday

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Call us and pay the fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker :

  • a letter from the director of family services that proves the identity of the child’s legal guardian or person with parental authority
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, if possible

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you’re applying for a child undergoing public probationary adoption

You also need to include a letter from the director of family services confirming

  • that the child is undergoing an adoption process
  • the name of the future adoptive parents
If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Call us and pay the fees (weekend or statutory holiday)

Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application. We answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 am to 5 pm (your local time)
  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $335.

Fees for family members using the weekend or statutory holiday service

If you need the weekend or holiday service for your family members at the same time, you need to pay an urgent service fee of $110 per family member.

For example, if you apply for a 10-year passport for yourself and a 5-year passport for your child, the fees will be

  • $160 for your passport
  • $335 for your weekend or statutory holiday service
  • $57 for the child’s passport
  • $110 for the child’s urgent service
Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab) 

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

If you applied by mail

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency: Get it in 10 to 20 business days or more

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Service standards don’t include mailing time. Mailing times vary across the country.

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

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

When your passport is processed, it will be mailed to you unless you paid for pick-up service. Mail time is usually 5 business days, but it can vary across the country.

Any original documents you submitted will be mailed back to you. They may be in a separate package than your passport.

While you’re waiting for your passport, you can check the status of your application online (opens in a new tab)  for instant updates.

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

How to apply for a child passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency: Get it in 2 to 9 business days

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency: Get it by the end of the next business day

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Submit your application and pay your fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees(opens in a new tab) , which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

How to apply for a child passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency: Get it on a weekend or statutory holiday

  1. Complete the form
  2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo
  3. Find a guarantor
  4. Call us and pay the fees
  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the forms

  • Fill out sections 1, 3 and 4.
  • In section 2, answer just the first 2 questions about adoption and custody.
  • You do not need to fill out sections 5 or 6. You’ll give us that information on the second form.

Including your email address makes it easier to check the status of your application online after you apply.

You also need to complete this second form:

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 1.33 MB) to your application.

Instructions and tips
  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin
If your passport has a valid visa in it

Tell us on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

2. Get all the required documents and the child’s passport photo

Include the following documents with the application forms:

You also need these extra documents if you’re a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency:

  • the consent to adoption signed by the biological parents
  • a letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing all of the following:
    • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
    • that a private adoption is in process
    • that all the adoption consents have been obtained
    • that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired
      • If the time period has not expired, we can’t issue a passport unless the biological parents consent to it.
  • a copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and the adoption agency
    • If you can’t forward the court order or agreement documents for confidentiality reasons, include a summary of the court orders or agreements.
    • The summary needs to include
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority
      • if a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction
      • the date and file number of the court order, when possible
  • the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if an agreement exists

If you’re updating the child’s gender identifier, you may need to provide extra documents.

If you aren’t the legal guardian or the person with parental authority

You also need to include a letter from either

  • the child’s legal guardian or
  • the person with parental authority

The letter needs to

  • indicate what your relationship to the child is
  • authorize you to apply for their passport and have it released to you

3. Find a guarantor

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your child’s application and
  • 1 of the 2 passport photos

The guarantor must

  • have known you personally for at least 2 years and
  • know of the child

 Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to

4. Call us and pay the fees (weekend or statutory holiday)

Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application. We answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 am to 5 pm (your local time)
  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $335.

Fees for family members using the weekend or statutory holiday service

If you need the weekend or holiday service for your family members at the same time, you need to pay an urgent service fee of $110 per family member.

For example, if you apply for a 10-year passport for yourself and a 5-year passport for your child, the fees will be

  • $160 for your passport
  • $335 for your weekend or statutory holiday service
  • $57 for the child’s passport
  • $110 for the child’s urgent service
Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab) 

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

Never sign your child’s passport for them

  • It does not need a signature until they are 16 and older.
  • A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes it invalid.
    • If you sign your child’s passport, you’ll need to apply for a new one and pay all the fees.
  • Print the signature policy (PDF, 601 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case someone asks you to sign it.

If they want, the child may sign the passport themselves. We encourage them to sign it if they’re 11 or older, but they don’t have to.

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