Canadian child passports are items that require a little more attention than a standard passport, especially with photos. We wanted to shed some light on the requirements involved with a child’s passport, it’s importance when traveling abroad, and a checklist we hope you find useful as you anticipate your international travel.
As of June 2009 anyone who is a Canadian citizen residing in the U.S. needs a passport if they are re-entering the United States. Man, woman, or child, you need to have a valid Canadian passport, hence the importance with maintaining your child’s passport as much as your own if they are traveling with you. A child’s Canadian passport photos are generally under the same scrutiny as an adult’s are, and in most cases, they are more difficult to produce as a result of the nature of the candidate in front of the camera.
- You must be one of the child’s parents, the custodial parent in cases of separation or divorce, or the legal guardian in order to apply for a passport for your child. If you are the custodial parent, you must provide a copy of your divorce decree and a statement from the judge certifying you are the custodial parent. In cases of joint custody, both parents must sign the application for the passport.
- All children, including infants, have to have a passport to travel outside of Canada. Children under 3 years of age are issued passports valid for three years. Children aged 3 to 15 are issued a standard passport valid for five years, the same as an adult.
- If you’re living outside of Canada, your child will also require a declaration of guarantor, much like an adult passport application.