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New or Replacement Passports for Children

Passport appliation forms for children can either be downloaded and printed from the internet or picked up from the Embassy of Canada in Manila or the Consulate of Canada in Cebu. Alternatively, if you would like to have the required form(s) mailed to you, please contact us and provide your name, full mailing address and daytime contact telephone number.

The standard processing time for a new passport is 15 working days after submission of a fully completed application with supporting documentation.

For children under 3 years of age:

Canadian passports are valid for a maximum period of three years from the date of issue.

For children between 3 years to under 16 years of age:

Canadian passports are valid for a maximum period of five years from the date of issue. If your child's current passport has expired, is within 12 months of the expiry date, or if all visa pages are full, you may apply for a new passport. Please note that 6 months validity may be required on your child's passport to enter some countries.

Please submit the following to obtain a new passport:

Please note: Both parents are required to participate in obtaining passport services for the child and to sign the application form. The other parent may be contacted at some point during the processing period.

To avoid processing delays or the possible rejection of your application, we strongly recommend that you provide a birth certificate showing the names of both parents.

Applications may be submitted in person or via commercial courier at:

Consular Section
Embassy of Canada
Level 8, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200

Public hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

or

Consulate of Canada
45-L Andres Abellana Street
Cebu City 6000
Tel: (+63-32) 256-3320 / 255-3069
By appointment only

We strongly recommend you fully complete the application and prepare your supporting documentation prior to visiting our office as incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

My child is a newborn and does not have proof of Canadian citizenship yet. How can I get a passport for them to travel?

Proof of Canadian citizenship is required to support each passport application.  If your child was born abroad and you have not yet applied for their Canadian citizenship certificate, you will need to do that before submitting a passport application.  If possible, you should consider deferring all travel plans until the certificate is received from the processing centre in Canada.  For citizenship cards, this can be a lengthy process and we urge you to submit the application as soon as possible after the birth of your child. 

Following submission of the citizenship application, if travel plans cannot be deferred, you may submit a fully completed passport application along with all supporting documentation as well as your child's proof of travel, such as a confirmed and paid itinerary or an airline ticket, as supporting documentation to assess the case.  As your child does not have citizenship documents, you will need to submit the original proof of Canadian citizenship from one of the parents, the original foreign birth certificate showing both parents' names, and the receipt confirming submission of the citizenship application. Our passport examiners will assess your case and determine the necessity of issuing a limited validity passport to meet your child’s travel needs.

Please note that a Limited Validity Passport can only be issued to children aged below two (2) years old who have no Declaratory Evidence of Citizenship.

My child is less than six (6) months old and does not have an original birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)? How do I comply with the birth certificate requirement?

For children under six (6) months old, a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar is acceptable provided it has been authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The other parent is living in another country. How do I get their signature for consent?

Both parents are required to participate in the application process for the issuance of a child’s passport. If one parent is living in another country, you do not need to have them sign the application form which will be submitted to us. Their personal details (name, date of birth, address, contact telephone numbers, etc.) however must be provided on the application form. The parent living abroad will be required to contact the nearest Passport Canada office or Embassy in their jurisdiction to make arrangements to complete the PPTC 028 Acknowledgement/Consent to Provision of Passport Facilities for a Minor Child. This form is to be completed and signed in the presence of the passport officer. The parent living abroad must bring their own passport and other original supporting documents which may be required for the application, when they approach the passport issuing office in their jurisdiction for identification and signature verification. After it has been completed and signed, the form and supporting documents will be faxed to our office by the passport officer so we may continue processing the child’s passport application.

The other parent is not able to sign the passport form. What can I do?

If it is not possible to obtain the signature of the other parent, you must provide as many details as possible (i.e. name, date of birth, address, contact telephone numbers, last known contact, details of your attempts to locate the other parent, etc.), and advise the passport examiner that the other parent cannot be located. Your file will not be processed under normal conditions, but will be given special consideration due to concerns related to child custody issues.

Both parents are living in another country.  Who can submit the child’s application on their behalf and what are the requirements?

Both parents are required to participate in the application process for the issuance of a child’s passport. Each parent living abroad will be required to contact the nearest passport issuing office in their jurisdiction to make arrangements for them to fax the following documents to the Embassy of Canada in Manila:

  • PPTC 028 Acknowledgement/Consent to Provision of Passport Facilities for a Minor Child. This form is to be completed and signed in the presence of the passport officer;
  • one valid document for each parent, showing his/her signature, to support identity;
  • original proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • If the Canadian parent and the child are born outside Canada, then the completed form PPTC445 (Confirmation of Parents’ Canadian Citizenship History for Child Born Abroad) is also required;
  • Letter of explanation on why the mother/father cannot apply for the child’s passport; and
  • Letter of authorization from the mother/father indicating the full name of the person submitting the child’s passport application.

The first passport was issued with the baby photo.  How can I get the passport photo updated?

Once the passport has been produced, the photograph cannot be updated. Children who have been issued a passport in their first year of life (between birth and 364 days) are entitled to a one-time gratis replacement passport. This is in recognition of the rapid change in the features of children of this age.

The passport being replaced will have to be surrendered and will not be returned in this case.  The maximum validity period of the replacement passport is three years from the date of issue of the original passport.

Will my child require a new passport once he or she reaches the age of 16 and still holds a valid one?

No. The passport of a child who turns 16 years of age continues to be valid until it expires. A passport issued to a chld is identical to a passport issued to an adult.

My child does not know a guarantor for two years. What can I do to obtain a guarantor for my child’s passport application?

When a guarantor signs on a child’s passport application, they are confirming they have known the applying parent for a period of two years or more, not the child. They should have knowledge that the child is the child of the applying parent and they must confirm that the details on the application form are correct in addition to certifying the back of one of the photos of the child. However, they are not required to have known the child for two years or more.

My child is currently not in the Philippines.  Can I submit a passport application to the passport office in Manila on their behalf?

The passport application should be submitted to the nearest passport office to where the bearer is residing. Please do not submit their passport application to the Embassy of Canada in Manila or Consulate of Canada in Cebu if the child is not residing in the Philippines.

Is it necessary for my child to come in person to either submit the application or collect the new passport?

Under normal circumstances, your child does not need to appear in our office at either submission of the application or collection of the new passport.  However, we reserve the right to interview you, the other parent, or the child at any time during the application processing period.  Please ensure that all parties are available to appear at the passport issuing office if requested.


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Date Modified:
2012-03-12