How to apply for a child’s passport in Canada

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We have new measures to help manage wait times at passport offices in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. We’ll prioritize those who need a passport within 48 hours. We’ll make arrangements for people with longer term travel plans to be served at other locations.

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

A child’s 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’s passport. When the child turns 16, they can apply for an adult passport, which can be renewed.

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

Who can apply for a child’s passport

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

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 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.

When do you need the passport?

2 business days or less

Apply for an urgent child’s passport services

3 to 45 business days

Apply for a child’s passport in 3 to 45 business days

46 business days or more

  •  Go to any Service Canada Centre
  •  By appointment or walk-in
  •  You can also apply by mail
  •  It may take up to 9 weeks, plus mail time

Apply for a child’s passport in 46 business days or more

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