Get certified true copies of a passport or other travel document

Fee

$45

Some organizations may ask you for a certified true copy of your Canadian passport or other travel document.

A certified true copy is a reproduction of part of your travel document that’s been

  • validated by an officer against the electronic passport record
  • certified as a true and authentic copy of the original
  • signed and dated by a Passport Program officer

It doesn’t include any pages from your passport or other travel document with visas or stamps.

We no longer emboss certified true copies New

As of September 22, 2023, we only sign the copies. We don’t emboss dry seals onto them anymore.

Signed vs unsigned copies

Some organizations need certified true copies of your signed passport or other travel document. If you aren’t sure what copies are required, contact the organization and ask them.

If you ask for certified true copies when you apply for a passport or other travel document, you’ll get copies of your unsigned document.

If you need copies of your signed passport or other travel document, you should

  • wait until you get it
  • sign it when you get it
  • then apply for a certified true copy with the signed document

For more information, contact us.

How to get certified true copies of your passport or other travel document

In Canada: If you’re applying by mail and need the copy in 10 to 20 business days or more

2. Mail us your application and payment

  • Attach 1 of the following with your application:
  • Mail us your completed forms and the passport to be certified.
    • Sign your passport before you submit it.

Mailing instructions for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3C
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Applying in person

You must provide proof that you need the passport. New

  1. Complete the form Request for certified true copy of Canadian travel document [PPTC 516] (PDF, 52.47 KB).
  2. Book an appointment.
    • Complete the online Service Canada form (opens in a new tab)
      • complete the required fields
      • click on Passport services: appointment request for a passport service
      • check the box beside If you need to apply in person, select this option
  3. Service Canada will call you back to schedule your appointment.
  4. Bring your completed form and the passport to be certified.
    • Make sure you sign your passport.
  5. Pay the fee using one of the accepted methods(opens in a new tab)  at your appointment.
    • We don’t accept cash or personal cheques.

In Canada: If you’re applying in person and need the copy in 10 to 20 business days or more

2. Decide how you want to submit your application

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 10-20 business days

By appointment

You can book an appointment online (opens in a new tab) .

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab) .

Wait times may be long at some passport offices. If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

Someone else can submit your application for you if you can’t go yourself. Learn more about who can submit a passport application on your behalf (opens in a new tab) .

3. Go to the Service Canada Centre and pay the fee

  • Bring your completed form and the passport to be certified.
    • Make sure you sign your passport.
  • Pay the fee (opens in a new tab)  at your appointment using any of the following:
    • credit card or prepaid card (Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®)
    • debit card
    • certified cheque or money order (postal or bank)
      • in Canadian funds
      • with the exact amount
      • made payable to the Receiver General for Canada
        • We don’t accept cash or personal cheques.

In Canada: If you’re applying in person and need the copy in 2 to 9 business days

2. Learn how to submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 2 to 9 business days

You may need to provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

You can book an appointment online  (opens in a new tab).

Some locations have a high demand for appointments. Their availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

Go to a passport office with express pick-up service (opens in a new tab) .

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

3. Go to the passport office and pay the fee

Bring your completed form and the passport to be certified.

  • Make sure you sign your passport.
  • Pay the fee (opens in a new tab)  at your appointment using any of the following:
    • credit card or prepaid card (Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®)
    • debit card
    • certified cheque or money order (postal or bank)
      • in Canadian funds
      • with the exact amount
      • made payable to the Receiver General for Canada
        • We don’t accept cash or personal cheques.

In Canada: If you’re applying in person and need the copy by the end of the next business day

2. Learn how to submit your application and pay your fees

If you need your passport by end of next business day

Mailing instructions for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3C
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

3. Go to the passport office and pay the fee

Bring your completed form and the passport to be certified.

  • Make sure you sign your passport.
  • Pay the fee (opens in a new tab)  at your appointment using any of the following:
    • credit card or prepaid card (Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®)
    • debit card
    • certified cheque or money order (postal or bank)
      • in Canadian funds
      • with the exact amount
      • made payable to the Receiver General for Canada
        • We don’t accept cash or personal cheques.

Applying from the United States

You must mail your application and your passport to our office in Canada.

2. Mail us your application and payment

Mailing instructions for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
PO Box 4000 STN LCD 3C
Mississauga, Ontario  L5K 0A9

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Mailing instructions for New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

We’ll mail the certified copy and your passport to your address in the United States by courier. The 2 documents may arrive in 2 separate packages.

Applying from outside Canada and the United States

2. Learn how to submit your application and pay your fees

You need to apply in person.

First, pay the fee (opens in a new tab) 

After you pay, submit your payment receipt with your passport and completed form to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

Make sure you sign your passport before you submit it.

3. Get your certified true copy

The office you applied at will let you know when your copy is ready, and when and how you can pick it up.

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