Eligibility requirements for Canadian passports

You must be a Canadian citizen to apply for a Canadian passport.

To renew your Canadian passport, your current passport must

  • not be damaged
  • not have been reported lost or stolen
  • have been issued with a 5-year or 10-year validity
  • have been issued when you were at least 16 years of age
  • have the same name, date of birth and place of birth you want on your new passport
  • have the same gender identifier you want on your new passport (either printed on your current passport or the observation sticker)
  • have expired on or after February 1, 2019 New

You now have extra time to renew your passport

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we extended the eligibility period for Canadian passport renewals. You may be able to renew your passport if it expired on or after February 1, 2019.

This change lets you wait to renew your passport until you have plans to travel.

Answer a few questions to find out if you can renew your passport.

Passports for children

You may apply for a passport for a child (under the age of 16) if you’re any of the following:

  • one of the child’s parents and providing proof of parentage
  • the child’s legal guardian and providing proof of legal guardianship
  • the custodial parent in the case of separation or divorce and providing related legal documents
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