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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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Passport for 13 year old?
by: Anonymous

Question: Today is 7/10, and we are planning on traveling to Canada in August. Our daughter last had a passport when she was 2 so, it’s expired but, I’m hearing she only needs her US birth certificate to travel, via car (and with us) into Canada, then back into the USA. Can someone please tell me if that is correct/current?

Answer: Based on information on the CBP and Department of State websites, yes, your child can travel by car to Canada and back with just her U.S. birth certificate.

Does my 15-year-old US citizen need passport to travel to Canada?
by: Anonymous

Question: We are going to Vancouver, my son is a US citizen but doesn’t have passport. Can he go to Canada and come back?

Answer: If traveling by land, your son may present his original U.S. birth/naturalization/citizenship certificate at border crossings. If traveling by air, a valid passport book is required.

Does my 16.5 years old child need a passport to Canada by land ?
by: Anonymous

Question: Does my 16.5 years child need a passport to enter Canada by land?

Answer: While your child may enter Canada with just proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate), she will need a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant to re-enter the United States by land or sea.

Travel to Canada with 5 year old daughter
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, we are planning to travel to Edmonton Canada by plane with our daughter who is 5 years old. We have her birth certificate but DO NOT have her passport. We would like to know if she can still enter Canada and return to the US without difficulty at the airport. Thanks.

Answer: A valid passport book is required for air travel. While Canada MAY allow entry, your child will need a valid passport book to board a flight back to the United States.

Travel to Canada with children under 16
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am planning on going to Canada in the summer with my 15-year-old and 10-year-old. Do they still only need a birth certificate to enter by driving or do they need passports?

Answer: Minors still only need proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificates will do) to enter Canada and reenter the United States through land borders.

My daughter is 12
by: Tina

Question: I have read all the info above. I understand that she will not need a passport but my question is -- her birth certificate does not have a father’s name on it. He had recently passed away and we were never in contact with each other. If I am bringing her in alone will that be a problem? We would love to see the light display, it looks beautiful.

Answer: It should not be a problem since you are listed as the sole parent.

by: Anonymous

Question: I am taking my 14-year-old daughter to Canada. I am Canadian, what do I need to send for my daughter's passport?

Answer: Since you are in the United Kingdom, you need to contact the Consular and Passport Services office of the Canadian High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London.

by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 14 and she wants to go to Alaska with her god uncle (who is a different color then her) to visit god family, what do I have to send with her so she can get into Canada?

Answer: You need to provide the accompanying adult with a notarized statement consenting to the child's travel with the said person. The statement must mention the name of the child and the accompanying adult and be accompanied by a photocopy of your ID.

by: Missy

Question: Hello, I was wondering. My children are coming with me to Canada. I have their birth certificates. Do I need a certified letter from the other parent to take them to and from Canada? The other parent is not going.

Answer: The consent is required only when minors are traveling with an adult who is not their parent or legal guardians. Since you are their parent, you should not face any issues going to Canada with your children. Please contact the Canada Border Service Agency for more information.

16-year-old going to Canada and coming back
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my son is a U.S. Citizen and completed 16 years. he is attending a conference in Vancouver BC, Canada for 3 days. While coming back to USA, can he travel alone? What documents he need to carry while entering?

Answer: Your son needs to have a U.S. passport book, passport card or any WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United states by land or sea.

If traveling by air, he needs to have a passport book.

My 14-year-old daughter traveling to Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: My 14-year-old daughter will be traveling to Canada with me (her mother) and my husband (we have a marriage certificate and our passports). If we bring her birth certificate, is that enough for her to go and return to the U.S? I am not in contact with her biological father and can't get a certified letter from him. We are only going for 2 days to see Niagara Falls. Is this possible?

Answer: Yes, it is possible. Minors age 15 or younger may use their birth certificates to enter Canada and get back in the U.S. Consent should also not be an issue since the child will be traveling with a parent.

by: Anonymous

Question: My 14-year-old son and I are driving to Victoria BC, Canada. Does he need a passport to re-enter the United States?

Answer: No, he does not. Minors under 16 may travel to Canada and get back in the United States with just proof of U.S. citizenship. Your son's U.S. birth certificate should suffice.

Question about needing a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I'm traveling by car to Canada from the US and back the same way in August 2017. I have a 3-year-old who does not have a passport, will her birth certificate do at the border for her? Her father and I will be going.

Answer: Minors age 16 and under may present a U.S. birth certificate to enter Canada and re-enter the United States. You may travel with your daughter to and back from Canada without a problem.

13 year old
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 13 and she will be traveling to Canada with her grandparents, does she need a passport or is her birth certificate OK?

Answer: U.S. citizen minors under 16 need only present evidence of citizenship to travel to Canada. The child's birth certificate should suffice. Also, you need to provide the grandparents with a notarized statement of consent for the child to travel.

by: Anonymous

Question: Does a 15-year-old need a passport to fly by air from the U.S. to Canada or is a birth certificate good enough?

Answer: When traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, all U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a valid passport or a Nexus Card.

Minor Traveling to Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: We are grandparents traveling with a 14-year-old to Canada from the USA. Only 1 parent is available for the consent letter and government issued photo ID. The other parent has been out of the picture for 9 years. Is consent of one parent sufficient?

Answer: While it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended to have consent letters from both parents. Please contact Canada Border Services for more information.

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.

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


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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