Applying for a Passport

Whenever we travel abroad, we carry a passport without giving it much thought. Obtaining a passport for your new baby or child isn’t that hard to do. Photo Identification and a passport is required for anyone who is travelling or entering a new country.

Who can apply for child’s passport:

  • One of the child’s parents
  • The custodial parent as a result of divorce or separation
  • The legal guardian

 To apply for a passports parents must attain:

  • Complete a Child Passport Application for Canadians under the age of 16 years of age
  • Two identical passport photos*
  • Application and photo certified by a guarantor**
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  • Fee of $57 valid for five years

Passport Photos Where to Go:

Passport photos can be taken a numerous retails store locations such as Costco, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Blacks. Sears provides infant passport photos with special equipment for young infants.

Passport Photo Guidelines:

  • Taken by a commercial photographer
  • Clear, sharp and in focus. Photos may be in colour or in black and white
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression, Passport Canada recognizes the difficulty in obtaining a neutral expression of a newborn and infants and will allow for some tolerance in this regard
  • For young babies, the photo may be taken while the child is sitting in a car seat, as long as a white blanket is placed over the seat behind the child’s head. There must be no shadows on the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background.

*Passport Photos – Photos can be taken at most photo centres and usually take about an 1 hour. Eyes must be open but children facial expressions must be neutral (no frowning, smiling). You will provided with two copies of the photos.

**Guarantor – Is a person who confirms your child’s identity and has knowledge of your child. There should be no fee for your guarantor to verify your child’s id. example: Family doctor, dentist, optometrist, pharmacist, principal, judge and lawyer.

For more Information: