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Does a 14 year old need a passport to go to Canada?

by Sandra
(Waltham, MA )

Question: My daughter will be traveling to Canada with her friend and family. Will they need a passport to travel across the border? I was told that all they need is a birth certificate.


Answer: Children under sixteen need only present proof of U.S. citizenship in order to enter Canada. When returning to the United States from Canada, U.S. citizens under the age of 16 need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate.

If your daughter will be traveling to Canada with someone who does not have full legal custody, CBSA requires those with whom your daughter is traveling to present a notarized affidavit of consent from the minor’s parents or legal guardians. 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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by: Anonymous

Question: Can my 14-year-old travel to Canada by car with her ID and birth certificate, and will she have any problems coming back to the United States?

Answer: She can enter Canada and return to the United States with her ID and birth certificate. If she is not accompanied by parents, she should carry a letter of consent to travel.

Do I need passports for my infant and 5 year?
by: Bethany

Question: Do I need a passport for my infant and 5-year-old child? We are going to Canada and crossing border by car. And is it the same for entering back into the US?

Answer: You only need present your children's birth certificates to enter Canada and reenter the United States.

Does my 16 year old son need a passport to go to Canada or can he just use his Calif I.D. card and his certified birth certificate for an August 2011 trip?
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my 16 year old son need a passport to go to Canada or can he just use his Calif I.D. card and his certified birth certificate for an August 2011 trip?

Answer: While your son can enter Canada by land with a valid ID and his birth certificate, he must have a valid passport in order to re-enter the United States. A passport is required to enter Canada and return to the U.S. by air. Click the link for New Passport Requirements.

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by: Anonymous

I need current info on passports for children under the age of 16. Do they need a passport to travel into Canada then back into the United States? This is April 1, 2011

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Passports are required for travel by air. Minors can enter Canada and return to the United States by land or sea by presenting a birth certificate and photo ID.

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