Documents to submit when applying for a child’s passport
All Canadian children, from newborn to age 15, need their own passport to travel. There are extra documents you need to submit with your child’s passport application.
Proof of your child’s Canadian citizenship
If your child was born in Canada, you need to submit:
- a birth certificate issued by the province or territory where your child was born, or
- Canadian citizenship certificate issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to submit a citizenship document issued by IRCC, such as a:
- Canadian citizenship certificate
Contact us to apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate.
Canadian birth certificates
Contact the vital statistics office in the province or territory where your child was born to ask for a birth certificate.
Certain provinces have different documents that we also accept as proof of Canadian citizenship:
- British Columbia: Documentary Evidence of Citizenship (DEC) includes the Certified True Copy of a Registration Document – Registration of Live Birth, which is issued:
- by the province of British Columbia
- in cases where the name of the bearer is more than 30 characters for the surname or 30 characters for the given names
- New Brunswick: a certified extract of a registration document is issued:
- by the Province of New Brunswick
- in cases where the name of the bearer is more than 39 characters for the surname(s) and 30 characters for the given name(s)
- Northwest Territories: a Registration of Birth, Certificate of Registration of Birth, or Registration of Live Birth is issued:
- by the Northwest Territories
- in cases where the surname(s) and given name(s) of the bearer is more than a total of 58 characters
- Nova Scotia: a certified photocopy of Live Birth Registration is issued:
- by the Province of Nova Scotia
- in cases where the name of the bearer is more than 30 characters for the surname(s) and 38 characters for the given name(s)
- Ontario: a certified copy of birth registration issued by the Province of Ontario
- Quebec: a birth certificate or a copy of an act of birth issued by the Directeur de l'état civil of Quebec
Note: If your child’s proof of Canadian citizenship doesn’t have a sex field, we may ask you for a document with a sex field that matches what’s on the application.
Proof of parentage
You must provide proof of parentage to confirm the parent-child relationship, such as:
- a detailed (long-form) birth certificate issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial vital statistics office that includes the name of the parent(s) (this document is also accepted as proof of Canadian Citizenship);
- if born in Ontario, we also accept a certified copy of birth registration
- if born in Quebec, we also accept a copy of an act of birth
- a court-issued adoption order that has the name of the adoptive parent(s)
- a foreign birth certificate that has the name of the parent(s)
If the surname (last name) of a parent on the proof of parentage is different from their surname on the application form, a document that shows a link between the two surnames may be required. Examples of a linking document include, but are not limited to:
- a marriage certificate;
- a common-law relationship certificate; or,
- a legal name change certificate.
Other documentation may also be requested.
You may not need proof of parentage if:
- the child has already had a Canadian passport or travel document and
- the same parents are applying for the new passport.
Proof of citizenship is still required. You may submit a wallet-sized birth certificate instead of the long form birth certificate in this case.
Proof of custody, separation or divorce
When applying for your child’s passport, both parents must:
- participate in the passport application
- sign the form
- be ready for us to contact them
If you’re a legal guardian applying for a child’s passport, make sure:
- all other legal guardians participate in the application
- you submit proof of legal guardianship
When a court order or agreement exists referring to custody of the child:
- only the person with custodial rights may apply
- if parents have joint custody, either parent may apply
- you must provide all documents that refer to the child’s:
If a divorce has been granted, you must also provide a copy of the divorce judgment or order.
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