Order of priority: Documents for date of birth

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

The following table illustrates which documents should be used to establish a date of birth record by line of business, in descending order of priority where 1 is the top document to be used.

Note: This table does not apply to requests for a correction of date of birth. See Managing existing date of birth records for more information on correcting dates of birth.

Order of priority of documentary evidence for establishing a date of birth record by business class

  Temporary resident (VR, WP, SP, TRP)Footnote i Permanent residence application (including first time PR card) Permanent resident card renewal Refugee claimant/ protected person Citizenship grant applicant – adult [5(1) of the CA] or minor [5(2)(a) of the CA] Citizenship discretionary grant [5(4] of the CA] Citizenship grant for stateless person [5(5) of the CA] Citizenship grant for adopted person [5.1 of the CA] Resumption of citizenship [11(1) of the CA] Proof of citizenship applicant (born outside Canada) Proof of citizenship applicant (born in Canada)
Birth certificate issued by Canadian province or territory N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A 1 N/A 1Footnote ii
Adoption order N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A N/A
Foreign passport 1 1 1 1 N/A 3 N/A 2Footnote iii 2 2 N/A
Travel document 2 2 2 2 N/A 4 1 N/A 3 3 N/A
Immigration document issued by IRCC N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Referral document from international bodyFootnote iv N/A N/A N/A 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Identity document issued outside Canada 3 3 N/A 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 N/A
Foreign birth certificate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5Footnote v 2 2Footnote iii N/A 1 N/A
Statutory declaration as per IRPR 178 N/A 4 N/A 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Legal change of date of birth document issued in Canada N/A N/A 3 N/A 2 N/A N/A 3 4 N/A 2
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