Canadian passports and travel documents

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Apply for a passport: About the process

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Apply for a passport: About the process

A Canadian passport is a travel document that Canadian citizens can use to travel the world. To get a child’s passport, you’ll need to fill out an application form get the supporting documents and passport photos find a guarantor find out how to submit your application and fees A child’s passport is valid for a maximum of 5 years. It’s valid until it reaches its expiry date, even after the child turns 16. You can’t renew a child’s passport if it’s expired. When the child turns 16, they can apply for an adult passport, which can be renewed. Until then, you need to apply for a new child’s passport when it expires.

Renew your passport: About the process

If you already have an adult passport, you may be able to renew it. Renewing a passport is simpler than applying for a new one.

To renew your passport, you’ll need to

  • fill out an application form
  • get your supporting documents and passport photos
  • find 2 references
  • find out how to submit your application and fees

Your current passport

  • must be sent with your application and
  • will be cancelled and cannot be used for travel

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John Doe

Apply for a child’s passport: About the process

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Apply for a passport: About the process

A Canadian passport is a travel document that allows Canadian citizens to travel the world. To apply for a passport, you first need to be a Canadian citizen. To get a passport, you’ll need to fill out an application form get your supporting documents and passport photos find a guarantor and 2 references find out how to submit your application and fees

Travel documents for non-Canadian adults and children

Refugee travel document and certificate of identity services are available for urgent travel only

If you submitted an application for a refugee travel document or certificate of identity, we’ll process it when the service returns to normal.

If you need to travel urgently, find out how to get urgent travel document services.

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Canada issues two types of travel documents: the refugee travel document and the certificate of identity.

They are issued to residents of Canada who are convention refugees, protected persons, and stateless persons. They are also issued to permanent residents who can’t get a national travel document for a valid reason.

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