Apply for a child’s passport: How to apply

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Apply for a child’s passport in Canada

It's important to know your travel date. If you are not traveling in the next month or so, you can submit the application by mail or visit one of the Passport offices or Service Canada receiving agent locations. If you need your child’s passport in the next 20 days, you need to apply in person at one of the Passport office locations. Many locations also offer pick up, express and urgent service for an extra fee.

If you already have a passport for your child, it will be cancelled and must be submitted with the application. A cancelled passport cannot be used for travel.

1. Complete the application form

To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.

Sign each page of the application. Each parent or legal guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent/legal guardian.

Complete the Child application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB).

Contact us to get a Braille instruction booklet or large print form.

You may not be able to open these forms in your internet browser. Get help opening an application form.

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

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

All documents must be submitted in either French or English. If a document is in another language, an official translation must be provided.

3. Find a guarantor

When you apply for a passport for your child, you will need to find a guarantor to sign the application and one of the passport photos. The guarantor must have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least two (2) years and must have knowledge of the child.

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you are applying by mail:

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

Address for mail:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau QC K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC J8T 8R1
Canada

Pay your fees by mail

When sending the application by mail, you can pay by:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express credit card (prepaid cards are accepted), or
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Debit cards (INTERAC® Online, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a passport or travel document, or
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

If you are applying in person:

Find a passport office or a Service Canada receiving agent closest to you.

When applying in person, you should submit your application yourself. If this is not possible, it may be submitted in person by someone else unless it is an urgent or express request (you must apply in person yourself for urgent or express service).

If you want to pick up your child’s passport in person, you need to make arrangements and pay the additional fee when you apply.

Pay your fees in person

When applying in person, you can pay by:

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (INTERAC® Online)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

We do not accept cash or personal cheques.

Debit cards (INTERAC® Online, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application,
  • are refused a passport or travel document, or
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

5. Receiving your child’s passport

If you applied by mail, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you by traceable mail and may arrive in two separate packages.

If you applied in person and paid for a pick-up service, the pickup date will be indicated on your receipt. The passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant and valid identification.

Important: Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy (PDF, 600.51KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. A child may sign the passport or travel document and children over the age of 11 are encouraged to sign. If a child does not sign, the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

Apply for a child’s passport from the United States

Governments of Canada consular offices in the United States do not provide passport services.

You must send the child’s application by mail.

If you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at a passport office or a Service Canada receiving agent and make arrangements to pick it up for an additional service fee (passport offices only) or have the passport delivered to an address in Canada or to your home address in the United States.

Urgent request

If you need a child’s passport urgently, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad. Additional fees may apply.

1. Complete the application form

To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.

Sign each page of the application. Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other parent/legal guardian.

Complete the Child application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB).

If you choose an occupation-based guarantor, complete the Child application form (PPTC 142) (PDF, 428.12KB), instead.

Contact us to get a Braille instruction booklet or large print form sent to you. PPTC 142 is only available online.

You may not be able to open these forms in your internet browser. Get help opening an application form.

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

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

All documents must be submitted in either French or English. If a document is in another language, an official translation must be provided.

3. Find a guarantor

For new passport application you will need to find a guarantor to sign your child’s application and one of the passport photos. The guarantor must have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least two (2) years and must have knowledge of the child.

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

You must send the child’s application by mail unless you happen to be in Canada.

If you are applying by mail:

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

Address for mail:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau QC K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:
Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC J8T 8R1
Canada

Pay your fees by mail

When sending the application by mail, you can pay by:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express credit card (prepaid cards are accepted), or
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

Debit cards (INTERAC® Online, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel your application;
  • are refused a passport or travel document; or,
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

If you are applying in person in Canada:

If you happen to be in Canada, you can apply in person at a passport office or Service Canada receiving agent service location.

When you apply in person, you can choose if you want the passport delivered or you can pick it up for an additional service fee.

Pay your fees in person (in Canada)

When applying in person, you can pay by:

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (INTERAC® Online)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) in Canadian funds, made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada". The exact fee must be specified.

We do not accept cash or personal cheques.

Debit cards (INTERAC® Online, Visa Debit or Virtual Debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party.

You will not receive a refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel the application;
  • are refused a passport or travel document; or,
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses).

Find out what the fees are for your child’s passport application.

5. Receiving your child’s passport

If you applied by mail or in person in Canada, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you (if you applied in person) or to your address in the United States or in Canada by courier service; and may be in two separate packages.

If you applied in person and paid for a pick-up service, the pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

A child’s passport may be picked up by a third party if they provide written consent from the applicant and valid identification. The child must be present when the passport is picked up in Canada.

Important: Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy (PDF, 600.51KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. A child may sign the passport or travel document and children over the age of 11 are encouraged to sign. If a child does not sign, the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

Apply for a child’s passport outside Canada and the United States

To apply for a child passport, the child must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • under 16 years old

Urgent request

If you need a child’s passport urgently or you need one in an exceptional circumstance (illness, death), contact your nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. Additional fees apply.

  1. Complete the application form

    To complete the application form:

    All of your child’s parents and legal guardians should sign the application form. We may contact their other parent or legal guardians while we process the application.

  2. Gather all necessary documents and get your child’s passport photo

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

    Submit all documents in French or English. If a document is in another language, provide an official translation.

  3. Find a guarantor

    For new passport applications, you need to find a guarantor to sign

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

    The guarantor must

    • have known you (the parent or legal guardian who is applying on behalf of the child) personally for at least 2 years
    • must have knowledge of the child
  4. Pay your fees

    You need to pay your fees before you can submit your application.

    Your fees and payment options depend on the services you need.

    If you apply for a passport and we refuse your application, we’ll only refund the consular fee. We don’t refund any other fees.

    Find out what the fees are and how to pay them.

  5. Submit your application

    After you pay, include your receipt with your application and submit it to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

  6. After you apply

    The office where you applied will let you know when your passport is ready and tell you when and how to pick it up.

    Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature makes the document invalid. Print the Signature policy (PDF, 602 KB) and bring it with you when you travel in case you’re asked to sign it.

    A child’s passport or other travel document does not need a signature. A child may sign the passport or travel document and children over the age of 11 are encouraged to sign. If a child does not sign, the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

Apply for a child’s passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child in foster care or on probationary adoption

  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB)
    • 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, 112.59KB)
  • 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.
  • Submit your application in person at a passport office, or send it by registered mail or courier:
    • Address for mail:
      Government of Canada
      Passport Program
      Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
      Canada
    • If using a courier:
      Government of Canada
      Passport Program
      22 de Varennes Street
      Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
      Canada
  • Pay your fees

Apply for a child’s passport as a foster parent or adoptive parent of a child on private probationary adoption

  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB)
    • 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, 112.59KB)
  • 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 in person at a passport office, or send it by registered mail or courier:

    Address for mail:
    Government of Canada
    Passport Program
    Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
    Canada

    If using a courier:

    Government of Canada
    Passport Program
    22 de Varennes Street
    Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
    Canada

  • Pay your fees

Apply for a child’s passport as a director of family services, social worker or child protection worker

  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB)
    • 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 463A (PDF, 111.82KB)
  • 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.
  • Submit your application in person at a passport office, or send it by registered mail or courier:
    • Address for mail:
      Government of Canada
      Passport Program
      Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
      Canada
    • If using a courier:
      Government of Canada
      Passport Program
      22 de Varennes Street
      Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
      Canada
  • Pay your fees

Apply for a child’s passport as a licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency

  • Complete the following sections of the child passport application form (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB)
    • 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 463C (PDF, 110.72KB).
  • 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 in person at a passport office, or send it by mail or courier:

    Address for mail:
    Government of Canada
    Passport Program
    Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
    Canada

     If using a courier:

    Government of Canada
    Passport Program
    22 de Varennes Street
    Gatineau QC  J8T 8R1
    Canada

  • Pay your fees

Apply for a passport for a child being adopted outside Canada

Children adopted abroad by Canadian citizens may be granted citizenship if the adoption meets certain criteria. Children adopted abroad who are granted Canadian citizenship can receive passport services. Read more about citizenship and international adoption.

Returning to Canada with an adopted child

If you are travelling overseas and need to apply for a Canadian passport to return to Canada with your adopted child, a passport application can be submitted at a Canadian government office abroad as soon as the adopted child has been granted Canadian citizenship.

Note: You should submit the passport application at the Government of Canada office that processed the grant of citizenship or the Government of Canada office responsible for issuing passports to Canadian residents in the country where the adopted child lives (if different).

Adopted children under 16 years of age

If you are in the United States, adoptive parents should complete: Child passport application for Canadians applying in the USA (PPTC 155) (PDF, 444.53KB) or Child application (living in the USA) (PPTC 142) (PDF, 428.12KB).

If you are outside Canada or the United States, adoptive parents should complete: Child passport application for Canadians applying abroad (PPTC 042) (PDF, 414.93KB).

A limited-validity passport may be issued once all passport application requirements have been met. A temporary passport may be issued if urgent travel is required. An additional processing fee will apply.

Adopted children 16 years of age or over

For passport applications, children 16 years of age or over are considered adults. Therefore the child (over the age of 16) should complete the form.

If you are in the United States: Adult passport application for Canadians applying in the USA (PPTC 153) (PDF, 421.64KB) or Adult application (living in the USA) (PPTC 140) (PDF, 406.53KB).

If you are outside Canada or the United States: Adult passport application for Canadians applying abroad (PPTC 040) (PDF, 395.45KB).

Once you have submitted the application and we have verified that the requirements have been met, an emergency travel document for immediate return to Canada may be issued.

Dual citizenship

In the case of countries that do not recognize dual citizenship, we may issue a facilitation visa in the adopted child’s foreign national passport. Should the applicant choose nonetheless to apply for a Canadian passport, he or she will be asked to sign a waiver recognizing the risks of holding two passports.

Read more about travelling as a dual citizen.

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