What type of birth certificate is needed for a passport application?

Some passport applications require a long form birth certificate which provides the parental information of the subject and more information than a short form birth certificate.

A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:

  • last name
  • given name(s)
  • date of birth
  • certificate number
  • birthplace
  • sex
  • date of registration
  • registration number, and
  • date issued

A long form birth certificate is a certified copy of the birth registration. You might need it if you:

  • move to another country
  • become an executor for a foreign estate
  • are adopting a child abroad, or
  • fill out certain citizenship or immigration documents

If you are unsure if you need a short form certificate or long form certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.

Before you order a birth certificate, check the Passport Canada list of acceptable documents to ensure you are ordering the correct version.

Apply for a birth certificate online

Updated: March 7, 2014