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We’re going to Niagara Falls this spring. Does my 17 year old daughter need a passport or just her birth certificate and driver’s license? If she does need a passport, how long will it take and how much does it cost?

I guess you’re not going now, right? (This response was written during the 2020 pandemic.)

In normal times, when the border is open, she needs a passport. There are multiple options to speed up the process, but they cost more the faster you want it. The important this is that all urgent passport applications must be applied for in person at a Passport Canada office. If she cannot do that, she will have to apply the normal way (by mail) which takes 20 calendar days, not including mailing time.

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My passport application was received at destination April 16 2020. When will I receive my new passport.

From Passport Canada’s website:

“If you already submitted an application, we’ll process it when service returns to normal.

If you need to travel urgently

You can get passport services in Canada if you have a valid reason to travel urgently.

Urgent travel reasons include if you’re travelling

  • for a medical reason because you have a serious illness
  • because of the serious illness or death of someone you know
  • because you’ll have financial problems from the loss of a job or business
  • to support an essential service
  • for humanitarian reasons
    • You need a letter from your organization that lists the humanitarian reasons.”

So the answer is “not any time soon”.

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