Apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate: How to apply

Applying for a minor

For minors (under 18 years old), refer to our policy on parental consent. If you're applying for a minor, remember that the questions apply to the minor.

Get the application package

The package includes the instruction guide, forms and document checklist.

You must

  • download and print the checklist and the forms
  • fill out all the forms
  • include all documents listed in the document checklist

If your documents aren’t in English or French, you’ll need:

  • colour copies that are clear and easy-to-read
  • a translation of the documents
  • a sworn statement (affidavit) from the person who did the translation (we don’t accept translations by family members)

Get the application package

Pay the application fee

You can pay your fee online (opens in a new tab). Other ways of paying your fee may be available depending on where you are applying from.

If you’re submitting more than one application at the same time, you can pay all the fees together.

You can’t get a refund once we start processing your application.

Submit the application

Answer the following question to find out where to submit your application.

If you’re a parent or legal guardian applying for a minor child (under 18 years old)

Select the country or territory where the child lives:

If you’re applying for yourself

Select the country or territory where you live:

Where to submit your application if you’ve reclaimed your Indigenous name

To submit your application to apply for, update, or replace your citizenship certificate or card with your reclaimed Indigenous name:

  1. Gather your documents, including
  2. Put them in an envelope and
    • label the outside with “CTA 17 – Proof” in large, dark letters
    • address the envelope to:

      Citizenship and Passport Cases Division
      Case Management Branch
      Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
      300 Slater Street, 12th Floor
      Ottawa, ON  K1A 1L1

Request urgent processing

Processing times show how long it takes us to process applications for proof of citizenship (citizenship certificate). We can process applications faster in special cases.

When and how to request urgent processing for proof of citizenship

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