Apply for a passport for an adopted or foster child

If you are applying for a passport for a child you are in the process of adopting, or who is in foster care, there are additional documents you need to submit with your application.

For children in the process of adoption in Canada or in foster care

Additional documents you need to submit are based on your relationship with the child. Each form includes a list of documents you need to submit. Make sure to fill out each section of the form. Do not leave any areas blank.

For Directors of Family Services, social workers or child protection workers

  • 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

For foster parents or adoptive parents 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

For foster parents or adoptive parents to 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

For licensees or representatives 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

For children being adopted from countries 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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