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Canadian Passport Applications

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Introduction to Canadian Passports
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A Canadian passport is the internationally accepted evidence of your Canadian citizenship, as well as providing the best possible photo identification. If you are travelling outside Canada, the Canadian federal government Department of Foreign Affairs recommends that you carry a passport valid for at least six months beyond your expected return date.

Children, including newborns, can not be listed on a parent's passport, and must have their own Canadian passport. A separate passport application must be submitted for each child.

A standard adult passport is valid for 5 years as are passports for children aged 3 to 15. For children under 3 years old, the maximum validity of a passport is 3 years.

As passport applications take longer to process during peak times, Passport Canada suggests that you try to apply for your passport during the off-peak season between June and November.

See Also:
International Travel for Canadians

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