Passports for children

All Canadian children, from newborns to age 16, need their own passport to travel. Your child’s passport will be valid for a maximum of 5 years. A child’s passport is valid until it reaches its expiry date, even after the child turns 16.

Canada Post services across Canada may be affected by ongoing delays in service from continued labour negotiations.

Our processes will be unaffected though you may experience delays in:

If you’re planning on traveling to Canada or submitting an application (including for a passport or other travel document), apply early.

If you are travelling within the next six weeks, apply for a regular Canadian passport in person at a Passport Office, or send your passport or non-Canadian travel document application by courier.

Visit Canada Post for more information before sending any application by mail. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

NEXUS cardholdersMake sure your child’s personal information is up to date.

Services and information

Apply for a child’s passport

Forms, required documents and how to submit your application and pay your fees

Apply for a passport for an adopted or foster child

Forms, required documents and how to submit your application and pay your fees

Get a child’s passport photo

Photo size, what can and cannot be worn in passport photos and who can take a passport photo

Pick up a child’s passport

Where to collect the passport if you do not want it mailed to you and what to do when you receive it

Child safety

How to flag your child in our system, forms and legal requirements


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