Every Canadian resident must have a passport if they wish to travel abroad! The process for obtaining or restoring a passport for children can be slightly different from that of adults. This post will explain how to get and restore a Canadian passport for children. Parents can ensure that their children are ready to travel 🍁 ️ !!
When applying for or renewing a Canadian passport for your child the first step is determining if they meet eligibility 🍁 ️ 🧒. According to Canada’s government regulations, all Canadian citizens under 16 years must possess their own passport; those 12 or older must sign their own application; if under 12, then either their parent or legal guardian must sign on their behalf.
When submitting an application for a child’s passport both parents or legal guardians must be present in person at the passport office 🏢 ️. This is to establish the parental relationship to the child. If only one parent or legal guardian is available then they must provide a Statutory Declaration of Parentage/Guardianship form which must be signed, and witnessed 1️⃣ ️. The Statutory Declaration should be accompanied by other supporting documents, such as a birth certificate or legal court order.
In order to get a passport renewal for a child both parents or legal guardians must be present in person at the passport office 🏢 ️ 🧒. They will need to complete the “Application for a Canadian Passport-Child” form provide two recent passport photos of the child and provide proof of Canadian citizenship 2️⃣ 🍁 ️ 🧒. This can include a birth certificate or a valid Canadian passport that is still valid or has expired within the last 12 months. If the child’s previous passport has been lost or stolen, then a Declaration of Loss or Theft of a Canadian Passport form must be completed and submitted with the application.
Parents or guardians should also be prepared to pay the appropriate fees for both a new passport and a renewal. For a new passport, the current fee is $100. The fee for a renewal is $75. Fees can be paid by cash debit card credit card, or certified cheque or money order.
When submitting an application for a passport renewal the child should also bring their valid Canadian passport with them to demonstrate their identity. If the passport is not available then the child should bring their birth certificate a valid Canadian citizenship document (such as a certificate of citizenship or a permanent residency card) and two pieces of valid identification from the applicable list of accepted documents.
It is important to note that the Government of Canada requires that the passport applicant appear in person for both new passport applications and renewals. This means that even if the child will not be travelling with a parent or guardian they must still show up for their appointment at the passport office.
It is also essential to keep in mind that all applications for children’s passports must be done in person at a passport office. Applications cannot be mailed in and cannot be done online. In addition the passport office may require additional documentation in order to process the application so the parent or guardian should be prepared.
It will take between four and six weeks to process the application and issue the passport 6️⃣ 4️⃣. The applicant will receive the passport by mail and must sign for it .
In summary obtaining or renewing a Canadian passport for a child is a relatively simple process. Parents or legal guardians must ensure they have all of the required documentation and the appropriate fees and the child must be present in person for the application 🧒. Once all the necessary steps are taken the passport should arrive in approximately four to six weeks 4️⃣ 6️⃣. . .
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