Establishing names on the citizenship certificate

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Note: Certificates issued before January 15, 1996, may show two names. As of January 15, 1996, certificates show one full name only.

Naming procedures

Background procedural information

Refer to the following information on how a citizenship candidate’s name should appear on a citizenship certificate prior to January 1, 2013:

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