Apply for a child’s passport: How to apply

To avoid wait times on the phone or at our offices, find out the best way to apply based on

In Canada

How you apply depends on how soon you need a passport.

How to apply from Canada

In the United States

You must apply by mail.

If you need a passport urgently

Contact the nearest Government of Canada office in the United States.

How to apply from the US

Outside Canada and the United States

You must apply at a Government of Canada office abroad.

If you need a passport urgently

Contact the nearest Government of Canada office.

How to apply from abroad

We’re experiencing very high call volumes right now. If you don’t have travel plans in the next 2 weeks, we suggest you wait to call us.

If you were directly affected by the floods in British Columbia, there may be special measures for you. Find out how to apply.

Learn how to submit your application

Before you call, visit or send us your application, answer a few questions to find out the best way to apply.

The forms and documents you need to submit may be different, depending on where you are.

Apply for a child’s passport in Canada

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Make sure you book an appointment (opens in a new tab)  to apply in person as soon as possible.

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

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 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

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 26 business days or more

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 3 to 25 business days

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a passport office, not a Service Canada Centre.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

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. New

  • Make sure it’s a passport office and not a regular Service Canada Centre or you won’t get your passport in time.
  • You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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

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

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
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

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
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

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

5. Get your passport

Your passport and any original documents you submitted will be mailed to you. They may be in 2 separate packages.

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.

Before you travel

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.

Apply for a child’s passport in the United States

Since you’re applying from within the U.S., you must send your application to us by mail. Government of Canada consular offices in the U.S. do not provide regular passport services.

If you need a passport urgently, contact the nearest Government of Canada office. Additional fees apply.

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

If you choose an occupation-based guarantor

Make sure your guarantor is eligible first. If they are, you need the PPTC 142 form instead. It’s only available online.

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.

Passport photo requirements in the U.S. are different than in Canada

Your photos must follow Canadian photo requirements. We’ll reject and return your application to you if you submit an unacceptable photo.

To avoid any problems, print a copy of the passport photo specifications (PDF, 652.38 KB) to bring with you to the photographer.

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

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

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, QC  K1A 0G3
Canada

Courier address

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

Pay your fees

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

Fees and methods of payment for applications from the U.S. (opens in a new tab)

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

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a passport or 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 fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

We’ll mail the passport and any original documents you submitted to your address in the U.S. by courier service. They may arrive in 2 different packages.

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

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

If you need a passport urgently, contact the nearest Government of Canada office. Additional fees apply.

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 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.

Passport photo requirements abroad may be different than in Canada

Your photos must follow Canadian photo requirements. We’ll reject and return your application to you if you don’t submit an acceptable photo.

To avoid any problems, print a copy of the passport photo specifications (PDF, 652.38 KB) and bring it to the photographer.

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

4. Pay your fees

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

Fees and methods of payment for applications outside Canada and the U.S. (opens in a new tab)

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

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a passport or 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 fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Submit your application

After you pay the fees, submit your application and payment receipt to the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.

6. Get your passport

The office you applied at will let you know when your passport is ready. They will also tell you when and how you can pick it up.

If you applied by mail

We’ll return your passport and any original documentation to you. They may arrive in 2 separate packages.

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

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

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Make sure you book an appointment (opens in a new tab)  to apply in person as soon as possible.

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

  • 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.
  • Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 26 business days or more

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 3 to 25 business days

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a passport office, not a Service Canada Centre.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

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. New

  • Make sure it’s a passport office and not a regular Service Canada Centre or you won’t get your passport in time.
  • You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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

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

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
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

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
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

Courier address

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

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

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Make sure you book an appointment (opens in a new tab)  to apply in person as soon as possible.

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

  • 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

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 26 business days or more

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 3 to 25 business days

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a passport office, not a Service Canada Centre.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

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. New

  • Make sure it’s a passport office and not a regular Service Canada Centre or you won’t get your passport in time.
  • You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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

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

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
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

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
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

Courier address

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

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

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Make sure you book an appointment (opens in a new tab)  to apply in person as soon as possible.

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

  • 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 463A (PDF, 111.82 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.
  • Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 26 business days or more

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 3 to 25 business days

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a passport office, not a Service Canada Centre.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

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. New

  • Make sure it’s a passport office and not a regular Service Canada Centre or you won’t get your passport in time.
  • You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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

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

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
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

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
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

Courier address

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

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

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Make sure you book an appointment (opens in a new tab)  to apply in person as soon as possible.

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

We’ve put measures in place to protect both your and our employees’ health and safety. As a result

  • it may take us longer to process your application
  • we may not always meet our service standards

Follow these steps to prepare and submit your application.

 Service standards

See how long it may take us to process your application under normal circumstances.

  • 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 463C (PDF, 110.72 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

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 26 business days or more

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 3 to 25 business days

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can now book your appointment online  (opens in a new tab)New

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a passport office, not a Service Canada Centre.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

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. New

  • Make sure it’s a passport office and not a regular Service Canada Centre or you won’t get your passport in time.
  • You must provide proof that you need the passport in 2 business days or less.

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

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

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
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

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
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

Courier address

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

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, 444.53 KB) or Child application (living in the USA) (PPTC 142) (PDF, 428.12 KB).

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

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, 421.64 KB) or Adult application (living in the USA) (PPTC 140) (PDF, 406.53 KB).

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

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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