Consent to Travel Documents by Ottawa Notary

Ottawa's full service notary public

Consent to Travel Documents


Traveling with children can require extra documentary steps, put in place to ensure their safety. You can rely on Bytowne Notary Public with regard to those steps, granting you peace of mind and enabling you to focus on the upcoming trip.

If you don’t have your consent to travel document(s) already drafted or available, our Fast Draft process means we can have one ready for you to sign, and for us to notarize or commission in Ottawa, within 48 hours of you providing us with all of the required information.

Important Note: The consents of parents or guardians must be given in person, and identification is required and will be taken as part of the process. In no instance should the consenting non-accompanying parent or guardian pre-sign a consent to travel before visiting Bytowne Notary Public. Signatures must be executed in person, in front of a notary or commissioner of oaths. While each consenting non-accompanying parent or guardian must be physically present for the execution of signatures, the accompanying parent or guardian or adult need not be present.
Requirements and Service Fees

Have your consent to travel document(s) or information, as well as your identification, ready. Then, simply walk in and we’ll be glad to assist.

Service Fees:
Fee per notarization, or embossing, or certification of copy, or commissioning of oath:
  • first two - $25 each;
  • third - $20;
  • fourth and subsequent - $15 each
Note: We are open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and see clients without an appointment. However, we can open as late as 6pm if pre-arranged. We usually accept final clients for the day at 4:45pm. Arrivals from 4:45pm through to 6pm are charged a separate, one-time after-hours fee of $14.

Optional Fees For Other Services You May Additionally Select
  • Gold Seal: The above pricing applies to Dry Seal embossing. Some clients prefer Gold Seal embossing, which stands out and reads better if documents are photocopied or scanned, and which is more prestigious. $2 additionally per embossing
  • Additional Notary Information (Red Stamp): Notaries prevent fraud by checking identities and signatures. To ensure someone is really a notary, Canadian governments check against their database of notary seals and signatures. If the entity requiring you to notarize your document does not have access to this Canadian government database, your notary can give additional information to enable a general (“Law Society”) search to verify your notary’s identity. $6 additionally (one-time flat fee, not per page)
  • Digital Copy: Your notary is required to keep an electronic copy of your identity and document on file. As an option, this copy can be emailed to you. This is useful if you will be giving your notarized document to the entity requesting it, but you want to keep your copy or have a back-up copy. Maximum of 20 one-sided pages. $4 additionally (one-time flat fee, not per page)
  • Witnessing: We can provide you with up to two witnesses, in the event they are required in addition to the notarization of your document. $10 additionally per witness signature
  • Printing or Copying: We can provide you with a printing or copying service if you send your documents (by email) in advance to our office for printing, or bring your documents in for copying. This is especially useful for clients with large sets of documents, or without the time to print or copy before visiting our office. Our printing or copying rate is $0.40 per page
  • Fast Draft: Your notary can opt to draft your document if you don’t have one ready. A maximum of 2 pages per document applies. Complex documents will be charged a higher fee. $75 additionally for the first document and $35 for each additional document
1) Payment can be made by Interac, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Payment can also be made by cash. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheques.
2) The harmonized sales tax (HST) will be added to fees.
Getting Started

Gather your consent to travel document(s) or information, as well as your identification, then click on the “Find Us” button to visit our contact page for our location map.

We are located at 311 Lebreton Street South in Ottawa. The closest major intersection to our office is Booth Street and Carling Avenue. Simply visit us during office hours and we’ll be glad to assist you. You are always assured of a convenient, fast and friendly service.

If Fast Draft is required, we will commence work on drafting your document immediately following an initial consultation to acquire relevant details and a method of payment.
Learn More

As a result of concern for the safety of children, most governments now possess special requirements with regard to the travel of children under the age of majority, typically 18 years of age, should such travel be undertaken without all parents or guardians.

In essence, documentary evidence in the form of a notarized or commissioned consent to travel letter must be presented to establish the permission of the parent(s) or guardian(s) for a minor to cross international borders with an accompanying adult. AIrline and other authorities may stipulate additional requirements. An un-notarized or un-commissioned consent to travel is likely to be rejected by border officials due to the very real possibility of forgery.

Thus, should a child be travelling with one parent, guardian or accompanying adult, the notarized or commissioned consent of the absent parent(s) or guardian(s) is required.

Should a child have only one parent, as evidenced by the child’s long form birth certificate, a notarized copy of that long form birth certificate will be sufficient for the purposes of consent to travel, should it be presented by that one parent.

Note that should a child with a single parent be travelling with an accompanying adult, the notarized or commissioned consent of that parent, as well as a notarized or commissioned copy of the long form birth certificate, is required.

311 Lebreton Street South,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 4L4