Registration of Name and Coordination Number

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Before applying for a passport the child must be registered in Sweden and issued a coordination number. The Embassy requests a coordination number for the child in connection with the name registration.

The application is free of charge and can be filed at the Embassy in Ottawa or at any of the Swedish Consulates in Canada . When applying, the child must be accompanied by at least one legal guardian.

The following documents are required, original documents and notarized copies , at the time of application:

  • Name registration form (in Swedish) signed by both legal guardians and by the applicant, if she or he/she is 12 or older. If legal custody has been granted to one parent or to another person, legal proof of guardianship must be submitted with the application. For rules regarding children's names (in Swedish), click here.
  • Child's original birth certificate, clearly stating the names of both parents
  • If the mother, regardless of citizenship, has a Swedish “personnummer” (personal registration number) a copy of the delivery journal from the hospital howing the mother's name, the date the child was born and the child's gender.
  • Passports (or other valid photo ID with clearly visible signatures) of both legal guardians.
  • Parent's marriage certificate, if only the father is a Swedish citizen and the child is    born before April 1, 2015. A child born after 1 April 2015 automatically becomes a Swedish citizen if one of the parents is a Swedish citizen.
  • Swedish citizenship certificate for a child born before April 1, 2015 to Swedish father who is not married to the foreign mother, see Swedish citizenship.            


For the Swedish parent or legal guardian, one of the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid visa
  • Canadian citizenship (not the citizenship card) issued after July 2001, If the legal guardian(s) gained Canadian citizenship before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that he and/or she has regained Swedish citizenship before the child's birth.

    Decision confirming retention of Swedish citizenship for persons over 22 years of age, born outside of Sweden to a Swedish parent.

The processing time is approximately 1-2 months if the application is complete.

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to prove his/her Swedish citizenship and to acquire all the requested documents.

For comprehensive information about Swedish citizenship from the Swedish Migration Agency, click here.

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