Documents Needed for Air Travel

Bringing the right identification to the airport will help with a quick identity verification and check-in process.

Remember that the name on your identification must match the name on your airline ticket and boarding pass.

Domestic air travel

If you have Canadian identification

Show one of these documents at the boarding gate:

All government-issued identification documents (Canadian or foreign) must be valid. They cannot be expired.

Here are some examples of acceptable Canadian government-issued identification documents:

You can no longer use hunting, boating and fishing licences as identification for domestic flights.

In the event of loss or theft of identification documents, see subsection 3(2) of the Secure Air Travel Regulations for information on alternative identification requirements for domestic air travel.

If you don’t have Canadian identification

You can use one of the following pieces of photo identification issued by a government authority that shows the passenger’s surname, first name and any middle names and their date of birth and that is valid:

International air travel

Show one of these required forms of identification at the boarding gate for an international flight to/from Canada:

For Canadian citizens

Always carry a valid Canadian passport when you travel outside Canada. See Travel documents for more information.

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