Information on Applicant and Proof of Parentage
All parents, including all legal guardians are requested (and may be required) to participate in obtaining passport services for the child and to sign the
application form. The other parent(s) and legal guardian(s) may be contacted. If you do not know the current whereabouts of the other parent(s) or legal
guardian(s), contact the Passport Program (section I). If the child has more than two (2) parents or legal guardians, provide the required information for
each additional parent or legal guardian on a separate sheet of paper and sign and date it before you submit it with the application.
All former surnames
All former surname(s) that differ from the current surname, including the parent's surname at birth must be declared.
Proof of parentage and proof of guardianship
You must provide one or more of the following acceptable proof of parentage documents demonstrating the relationship between the child and the
parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s), as the case may be:
• A detailed birth certificate showing the name(s) of the parent(s) from a Canadian province or territory (also serves as proof of
Canadian citizenship, see section M) or from a foreign country in which the child was born, indicating the full name of the parent(s) and the full name
of the child, the child's date and place of birth, the issuing authority from the country of birth or their government representative abroad, and the date
of registration or issue;
• An adoption order indicating the names of the child and adopting parent(s);
• Proof of guardianship indicating the names of child and the legal guardian(s).
Exception: An application submitted for a child will be accepted without proof of parentage only if:
• a Canadian travel document was previously issued to the child in their name; and
• the parents or legal guardians who participated in the previous application are the same ones participating in this current application.
Custody, separation or divorce
In processing a passport application for a child under 16 years of age, the Passport Program must be vigilant in ensuring that the legal rights of the parents
or legal guardian(s) with respect to the child are safeguarded and that the said child is protected from any foreseeable harm. As such, the Passport
Program must fulfill its legal obligations in delivering a passport in the name of each child, as is outlined in the Canadian Passport Order and the Hague
Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. These legal obligations may require the Passport Program to request
access to all legal documents naming the child in question and/or information regarding all parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Relationship of the applicant parent with the other parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s)
Indicate your current relationship with the other parent: single (no relationship), common law, married, separated, divorced or widowed. Indicate the date of
marriage to the other parent, if applicable. Additional information or documentation may be requested.
Children in foster care or undergoing an adoption process in Canada
If the child is in foster care or undergoing an adoption process in Canada, you must also complete one (1) of the following forms: PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B
or PPTC 463C, Additional Information for children in foster care and children undergoing an adoption process in Canada, available online at
Deceased parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s)
If any of the other parents or legal guardians are deceased, you must enclose a copy of the death certificate(s) with the application. When completing
section 2 on the application form, you must provide as much information on the deceased parent(s) and/or legal guardians as possible.
Additional documentation (for example, marriage certificate, legal change of name certificate, etc) may be required to link the name(s) of parents or legal
guardian(s) from the proof of parentage document to the name(s) identified in section 2 of the application form or in other submitted documentation.
Previous Canadian Travel Document
Enclose any Canadian travel document (passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document) that is not expired and was issued to the child in their
current name or any other name. If the travel document will not expire for more than twelve (12) months from the date the application is submitted, provide
a written explanation as to why you are applying at this time. Should the Passport Program not be satisfied that you have an acceptable reason for
applying early, your application for the child's passport may be refused.
Proof of Canadian Citizenship
Important: A Canadian provincial or territorial birth certificate does not constitute an acceptable proof of Canadian citizenship if, at the time of your child's
birth in Canada, one or both of the parents was or were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency and neither parent was a
Canadian citizen or permanent resident. See subsection 3(2) of the Citizenship Act for more information. You may also request a formal assessment by
submitting an application for a citizenship certificate to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more details, visit the IRCC website at
The original proof of Canadian citizenship you submit with your application will be returned to you. Additional information may be requested to confirm
Canadian provincial or territorial certificate of birth
Only official birth documents issued by the vital statistics office in your province or territory of birth in Canada are accepted. Certain exceptions may apply.
Certain Canadian provinces and territories have other documents that may also be accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship. Visit Canada.ca/passport
Note: For Canadians born in the province of Quebec, only a birth certificate or a copy of an act of birth issued after January 1, 1994, by the Directeur de
l'état civil of Québec or a certificate of Canadian citizenship are accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
Certificate of Canadian citizenship
Commemorative certificates of citizenship are not accepted as proof of citizenship. If you require a certificate of Canadian citizenship visit the IRCC
website at Canada.ca/citizenship.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Toll-free in Canada: 1-888-242-2100
TTY in Canada (for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing) 1-888-576-8502, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
PPTC 155 (06-2019)
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