Pre-boarding identification requirements


Where possible, it is the traveller’s responsibility to keep identification documents up to date. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and limited access to some provincial and territorial service centres, expired identification documents are temporarily accepted for travel within Canada.

This applies only if:

  • You are travelling by air
  • You are using domestic air carriers to travel within Canada
  • Your identification document was issued by a Canadian government
  • Your identification document expired on March 1, 2020, or after.

This temporary measure is in effect until January 31, 2021.

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Bring the right identification to the airport to 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

Bring one identification document issued by a Canadian federal, provincial or territorial government that includes your:

If you don’t have an identification document that includes your photo, full name and date of birth:

Valid identification documents issued by a Canadian government include:

Travel documents

Citizenship and immigration documents

Provincial or territorial documents

Other valid documents

You can't use hunting, boating and fishing licences as identification for domestic flights.

If you don’t have Canadian identification

You can use a travel document you used to enter Canada:

International air travel

Bring one valid identification document issued by a government authority with your:

Valid identification documents include:

Canadian citizens should always carry a valid Canadian passport when travelling outside Canada.

More information about travel documents

Canadian travel number

If your name is the same, or similar, to that of someone on the Secure Air Travel Act list (sometimes called Canada’s “No Fly List”), you could save time by applying for a Canadian Travel Number (CTN).

More information about the CTN

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