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Identity Screening Regulations

Age Requirement for the Identity Screening Regulations

The Identity Screening Regulations require air carriers to ask passengers who appear to be 18 years or older for identification. Before boarding, all passengers planning to travel on Canadian domestic and international flights coming to or leaving Canada who appear to be 18 years of age or older, are to be asked to present:

One piece of valid government-issued identification that includes a photograph and the passenger's name, date of birth and gender


Two pieces of valid government-issued ID showing the passenger's name, without photographs, at least one of which must include the date of birth and gender


A Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) (a smart card issued to airport workers)

IMPORTANT: The name on the identification that is provided must match the name on the boarding pass.

Valid passports are required for all international travel and all other rules for flights to the United States and other international destinations continue to apply.

The verification of passengers' identification is already a practice followed by most major air carriers in Canada.

The following are examples of valid government-issued identification documents that may be used to meet the requirements of the Identity Screening Regulations:

  • passport
  • citizenship card
  • permanent-resident card
  • driver's licence
  • provincial health card
  • provincial or territorial government identification cards (GICs)
  • birth certificate
  • Record of Landing Form/Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292)
  • immigration documents issued to foreign nationals (e.g., Work Permit, Study Permit, Visitor Record, Temporary Resident Permit, Refugee Approved Status)
  • Canadian military identification
  • federal police identification
  • federal, provincial or municipal government employee identification cards
  • Old Age Security (OAS) identification card
  • Certificate of Indian Status (Status card) issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
  • Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS card


Delays related to the Passenger Protect Program will occur ONLY if a person is checked against the Specified Persons List and an Emergency Direction is issued by Transport Canada. There are many other reasons for delays at check-in that are not related to the Passenger Protect Program, which may include (but are not limited to) individuals not having proper identification, random airport/airline checks and other lists used by airlines.

Loss of identification documents

The loss of identification documents will cause problems or delays during check-in or when boarding an aircraft. It is the responsibility of the person who loses identification documents to acquire new or temporary government-issued identification.

Government-issued identification such as a birth certificate may be faxed and presented to the air carrier. If the identification has been stolen, a police report may also be of assistance.