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Do we need to get a passport to take our grandson to Canada for three days?

by Robert
(Renovo, Pa, USA)

Question: My wife and I have passports. Our grandson is seven and lives with his mother only. We would like to take him to Niagara Falls for two or three days.

Answer: It is not necessary to get a passport for your grandson in order to take him to Canada. Children under sixteen only need to present proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate. You may be required to present a notarized affidavit of consent from the child's parents unless the mother has sole legal custody. There is no specific form for this document, but it should include dates of travel, parents’ names and photo copies of their state-issued IDs.

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