Eligibility requirements for Canadian passports

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

To renew your Canadian passport, your current passport must:

  • not be damaged
  • never have been reported lost or stolen
  • have been issued with a 5-year or 10-year validity
  • be valid or has been expired for no more than one year
  • have been issued when you were at least 16 years of age
  • have the same name, sex, date of birth and place of birth that you would like to appear on your new passport

You may apply for a passport for a child (under the age of 16) if you are:

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