Apply for a child’s passport in Canada: 2 business days or less

We have new measures to help manage wait times at passport offices in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Gatineau and Quebec City. 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 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.

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.

We’re working to deliver passports as quickly as we can. Due to high volumes, processing times are longer than usual.

Get the forms and instructions to apply

Answer a few questions to find out how to apply.

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

How to get a child’s passport in 2 business days or less (including on a weekend or statutory holiday)

  1. Complete the application 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 (2 business days or less)

    or

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

  5. Get your passport

1. Complete the application form

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

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 sign 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.

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. Our agents answer calls Monday to Friday

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (your local time)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Newfoundland)
  • except for statutory holidays

You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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 $355.

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
  • $355 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.

4. Submit your application and pay your fees (2 business days or less)

If you need your passport in 2 business days or less

Go to a passport office (Service Canada Centre – Passport Services)(opens in new tab)  for walk-in service. You do not need an appointment.

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, 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.

Before you travel

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

Apply for a child’s passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption (weekend or statutory holiday service)

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 sign the application in section 6 of the form
  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53 KB)
    • Section 1 – Child’s personal information
    • Section 2 – Information on applicant
      • The first two questions
      • Information on the applicant
      • Other parent or legal guardian information is to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian if the parent / legal guardian has custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents
    • Section 3 – Previous Canadian Travel document
    • Section 4 – Proof of Canadian Citizenship
    • Section E – Credit card information, if paying by credit card
  • Complete the additional information form PPTC 463B (PDF, 112.59 KB)
  • Submit the following additional documents:
    • Proof of the child’s Canadian citizenship.
    • A letter from the director of family services proving the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority.
    • If you are neither the legal guardian nor have parental authority over the child, a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority to release the passport to the person who is applying.
    • A copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services.
    • A summary of court orders or agreements (if the court order or agreement documents cannot be forwarded due to confidentiality reasons). The summary must include:
      • who the child’s legal guardian is or the person who has parental authority,
      • whether a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction, and
      • the date and number of the court order, if possible.
    • In the case of public probationary adoption, a letter from the director of family services confirming that the child is undergoing an adoption process and the name of the future adoptive parents.
  • Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application and pay your fees.
    • Our agents answer calls Monday to Friday
      • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (your local time)
      • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Newfoundland)
      • except for statutory holidays
    • Provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.
    • To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $355.

      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

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

Apply for a child’s passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption (weekend or statutory holiday service)

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 sign the application in section 6 of the form
  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53 KB)
    • Section 1 – Child’s personal information
    • Section 2 – Information on applicant
      • The first two questions
      • Applicant (parent or legal guardian) information
      • Other parent or legal guardian information is to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian if the parent / legal guardian has custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents
    • Section 3 – Previous Canadian Travel document
    • Section 4 – Proof of Canadian Citizenship
    • Section E – Credit card information, if paying by credit card
  • Complete the additional information form PPTC 463B (PDF, 112.59 KB)
  • Submit the following additional documents:
    • Proof of the child’s Canadian citizenship.
    • The consent to adoption signed by the biological parents.
    • A letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing who the child’s legal guardian is, or the person who has parental authority, also stating that a private adoption is in process, that all the adoption consents have been obtained, and that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired. If the time period has not expired, a passport cannot be issued unless the biological parents consent to the issuance of the passport.
    • If you are neither the child’s legal guardian nor the person who has parental authority, submit a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority to authorize you to apply for the child’s passport and to release the child’s passport to you.
    • A copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services.
    • A summary of court orders or agreements (if the court order or agreement documents cannot be forwarded due to confidentiality reasons). The summary must include:
      • who the child’s legal guardian is or the person who has parental authority,
      • whether a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction, and
      • the date and number of the court order, if 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.
  • Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application and pay your fees.
    • Our agents answer calls Monday to Friday
      • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (your local time)
      • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Newfoundland)
      • except for statutory holidays
    • Provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.
    • To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $355.

      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

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

Apply for a child’s passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker (weekend or statutory holiday service)

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 sign the application in section 6 of the form
  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53 KB)
    • Section 1 – Child’s personal information
    • Section 2 – Information on applicant:
      • The first two questions
      • Applicant (parent or legal guardian) information
      • Other parent or legal guardian information (to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian if the parent / legal guardian has custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents.)
    • Section 3 – Previous Canadian Travel document
    • Section 4 – Proof of Canadian Citizenship
    • Section E – Credit card information, if paying by credit card
  • Complete the additional information form PPTC 463B (PDF, 112.59 KB)
  • Submit the following additional documents:
    • Proof of the child’s Canadian citizenship.
    • A letter from the director of family services confirming the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority.
    • If you are not the legal guardian nor have parental authority over the child, a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority to release the passport to the person who is applying.
    • A copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services.
    • A summary of court orders or agreements (if the court order or agreement documents cannot be forwarded due to confidentiality reasons). The summary must include:
      • the name of the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority,
      • whether a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction, and
      • the date and number of the court order, if possible.
    • In the case of public probationary adoption, a letter from the director of family services confirming that the child is undergoing an adoption process and the name of the future adoptive parents.
  • Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application and pay your fees.
    • Our agents answer calls Monday to Friday
      • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (your local time)
      • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Newfoundland)
      • except for statutory holidays
    • Provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.
    • To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $355.

      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

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

Apply for a child’s passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency (weekend or statutory holiday service)

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 sign the application in section 6 of the form
  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53 KB)
    • Section 1 – Child’s personal information
    • Section 2 – Information on applicant:
      • The first two questions
      • Applicant (parent or legal guardian) information
      • Other parent or legal guardian information is to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian if the parent / legal guardian has custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents
    • Section 3 – Previous Canadian Travel document
    • Section 4 – Proof of Canadian Citizenship
    • Section E – Credit card information, if paying by credit card
  • Complete the additional information form PPTC 463B (PDF, 112.59 KB)
  • Submit the following additional documents:
    • Proof of the child’s Canadian citizenship.
    • The consent to adoption signed by the biological parents.
    • A letter from the licensee of the adoption agency showing who the child’s legal guardian is, or the person who has parental authority, also stating that a private adoption is in process, that all the adoption consents have been obtained, and that the time period for cancelling the adoption has expired. If the time period has not expired, a passport cannot be issued unless the biological parents consent to the issuance of the passport.
    • If you are neither the child’s legal guardian nor the person who has parental authority, submit a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority to authorize you to apply for the child’s passport and to release the child’s passport to you.
    • A copy of court orders or agreements involving the child and family services.
    • A summary of court orders or agreements (if the court order or agreement documents cannot be forwarded due to confidentiality reasons). The summary must include:
      • who the child’s legal guardian is or the person who has parental authority,
      • whether a mobility restriction clause exists and the details of the restriction, and
      • the date and number of the court order, if 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.
  • Submit your application and pay your fees
  • Call us ahead of time at 1-800-567-6868 to find out how to submit the application and pay your fees.
    • Our agents answer calls Monday to Friday
      • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (your local time)
      • 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Newfoundland)
      • except for statutory holidays
    • Provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.
    • To get the weekend or statutory holiday service, you need to pay an additional $355.

      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
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