Pre-boarding identification requirements

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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
  • passport
  • NEXUS card
Citizenship and immigration documents
  • citizenship card
  • permanent resident card
  • 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)
Provincial or territorial documents
  • birth certificate
  • driver's licence
  • health card
  • identification card
Other valid documents
  • Canadian military identification
  • Certificate of Indian Status (status card)
  • Federal police identification
  • Firearms licence
  • Government employee identification cards (federal or provincial)
  • Old Age Security (OAS) identification card

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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