Children in foster care or in the process of adoption in Canada
Instructions and required documentation
Depending on the applicant’s relationship with the child, the child passport application form must be accompanied by one of the following:
Form PPTC 463A when the applicant is the director of Family Services, social worker or child protection worker (PPTC 463A, PDF, 445 KB).
Form PPTC 463B when the applicant is the foster parent or the parent (PPTC 463B, PDF, 460 KB).
Form PPTC 463C when the applicant is the licensee or representative of a licensed adoption agency (PPTC 463C, PDF, 430 KB).
Forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B and PPTC 463C specify what documents must be included with the application, as well as the required information, depending on the applicant’s relationship with the child. These forms also specify who qualifies as a guarantor, depending on who is applying, and the information the guarantor must provide.
The forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B or PPTC 463C must be filled out completely (no sections left blank) by the appropriate person and must always be accompanied by a Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 502 KB).
When submitted with forms PPTC 463A, PPTC 463B or PPTC 463C, only complete the following sections of the Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 502 KB):
- Section 1—Child's Personal Information;
- Section 2—Information on Applicant
- the first two questions; and
- the information on the Applicant (parent or legal guardian) and Other parent or legal guardian—to be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian (other than the director of Family Services or the adoptive parent(s)), if the parent/legal guardian retains custody or parental authority or shares custody with the adoptive parents;
- Section 3—Previous Canadian Travel Document
- Section 4—Proof of Canadian Citizenship; and
- Section F—Credit Card Information, if applicable.
If the applicant is:
- the parent and is also the legal guardian or has parental authority of the child; or
- the legal guardian of the child—other than the director of family services or the adoptive parent(s); then,
complete only the Child general passport application form (PPTC 155, PDF, 502 KB).
However, if the parent who is applying is not the legal guardian or does not have parental authority of the child, the following documents must be submitted with the completed application form and other required documents:
a letter from the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority authorizing the applicant to apply for the child’s passport and authorizing the release of the passport to him or her;
a copy of the court order or agreements relating to the involvement of Family Services with the child, if such an order or agreements exists. In the event that a copy of the court order or agreements cannot be forwarded to Passport Canada for confidentiality reasons, the passport application must be accompanied by a summary of the order or agreements signed by the director of family services or the agency’s lawyer. The summary must indicate:
- the child’s legal guardian or the person who has parental authority;
- whether a mobility restriction clause exists, and if so, what it entails; and
- the date and number of the court order, if possible.
in the case of a probationary adoption, a letter from the director of Family Services confirming that the child is undergoing an adoption process, and the name of the future adoptive parents;
in the case of a private probationary adoption, the custody or guardianship agreement signed by the child’s biological parents and the future adoptive parents for the duration of the adoption process, if such an agreement exists.
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