Canadian children - even newborns - are required to travel with their own passport. Canada's Passport Program has issued a reminder to international border officials that parents or legal guardians must never sign their child's travel documents. According to the Government of Canada:
- Children under 16 years of age do not need to sign the travel document.
- The signature line on page 3 should be blank if the child does not sign it. However, it is still valid if the child signs it.
- Parents or legal guardians must never sign their child’s travel document. Their signature makes the document invalid and it will have to be replaced.
The IRCC recommends that parents traveling with children under 16 print the Signature policy (PDF, 600.51 KB) and bring it with them in case they are asked to sign a passport for their child.
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