Feeling restless? Want to spread your wings and see the world?

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Proof Of Citizenship

In order to get your hands on a passport, the Canadian government will need some information from you first, including proof of your Canadian citizenship.

Born in Canada

  • birth certificate, or

  • citizenship certificate

Born outside of Canada

  • citizenship certificate,

  • certificate of registration of birth abroad,

  • certificate of naturalization, or

  • certificate of retention of Canadian citizenship

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Application Documents

You'll need to submit other documents as well.

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  • Application form found on the Government of Canada website or your local passport office

  • Any valid travel documents issued in your name

  • A document proving your identity

  • Two identical passport photos (no smiling allowed!)

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  • Names and contact information of two references who have known you at least two years

  • Name of a guarantor if this is your first passport

    • Their signature is required on your application, one of your passport photos, and on all copies of your supporting identification documents

Quiz

If you previously held a Canadian passport, what's the one thing you don't need to provide to the Canadian government again?

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Submission And Fees

Submission

You can submit your application and documents in two different ways:

  1. By mail

    • It's suggested that you use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

  2. By appointment at your local passport office (if applicable)

    • You must be 16 years of age or older.

    • If you're unable to submit it yourself, you can have someone do it for you.

Fees

Your fees will depend on whether you are getting the 5 year or the 10 year passport.

  • 5 year = $120

  • 10 year = $160

If you have $160 at your disposal, it'll pay off in the long run to get the 10 year passport.

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Payment

To pay, you can use your debit card, credit card, or certified cheque. Cash and personal cheques are not accepted!

Take Action

To prepare for your application:

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