Completing the adult passport application
Changing your name
Can I apply for a passport in my married or common-law name?
How can I get a passport with my new legal name?
You must submit an application for a new passport, including your or your child’s proof of Canadian citizenship in the old name or the new name.
Declaration of guarantor
Can a family member be my guarantor?
A relative, including an immediate family member, can act as your guarantor as long as he or she is eligible.
Who is eligible to sign as my guarantor?
What should I do if I don’t know an eligible guarantor?
If you don’t have an eligible guarantor, you can submit a Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (PPTC 132). You must complete this form and sign it before an official who is qualified to administer the oath, such as a:
- notary public
- justice of the peace
- Commissioner for Oaths
The official doesn’t need to know you (the applicant) personally.
The form is available from a passport office or by contacting our call centre.
A person listed as a reference on the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor cannot also be listed as a reference on the passport application.
Previous Canadian passport
Do I have to return my expired passport?
You don’t need to return your passport once it expires.
If it recently expired, you may be eligible to renew your passport.
You can also use the expired passport as supporting identification for a renewal application as long as the:
- passport expired within the past year
- original passport is submitted (we don’t accept photocopies)
- name, date/place of birth and sex in the passport are the same as on the renewal application
- passport hasn’t been reported lost, stolen or damaged
Can I keep my valid passport until I receive my new one?
No, if you have a valid passport you must submit it with your application for a new one.
If you have a valid passport, you may be able to renew your passport.
You can also use the passport as supporting identification for a new application as long as:
- the passport is still valid or has expired within the past year
- you submit the original passport (we don’t accept photocopies)
- the personal information (name, date/place of birth and sex) in the passport is the same as on the renewal application
- passport hasn’t been reported lost, stolen or damaged
Do I have to include a completed PPTC 203 form with my application for a new passport if my previous passport was lost, but has since expired?
If your passport has expired, you don’t need a PPTC 203 form.
I have to send my passport to apply for renewal, but it still has a valid visa. What should I do?
If you submit a passport for renewal that has a valid visa, you must:
- indicate on the application form that you want us to return the passport to you
- tell us that the visa needs to remain intact by:
- telling the agent verbally if you apply in person
- including a letter with an application if submitting by mail or at a receiving agent
Proof of Canadian citizenship
Do I need to submit my original proof of citizenship?
Yes, you must submit the original document. We don’t accept photocopies.
We will return your original document to you with your new passport. If you apply in person at a passport office, the passport officer will review the document and return it to you at that time.
If you qualify for renewal, you don’t need to submit proof of citizenship.
Can I submit a laminated proof of citizenship document (Canadian birth certificate or citizenship document)?
We’ll accept a laminated proof of citizenship document if it was laminated by the provincial, territorial or federal government agency that issued the document.
Lamination changes and hides the document’s original security features. We need those features to validate the document.
We will not accept a laminated proof of citizenship document if:
- it wasn’t originally laminated when you got it
- it’s written “void if laminated” on it
If you need a new proof of Canadian citizenship:
Can I submit a birth certificate that was issued by the Province of Quebec before January 1, 1994?
No, if you were born in Quebec then you must submit a birth certificate that is issued by Quebec after January 1, 1994. Contact Le Directeur de l'état civil to get a new birth certificate.
How can I get a new birth certificate?
Contact one of the Canadian Vital Statistics offices to get a copy of your birth certificate.
How can I get a Canadian citizenship certificate?
You will need to apply for a citizenship certificate.
What if my citizenship card only shows the year of issue?
If your citizenship card only shows the year of issue, enter only the year in the date of issue field of the application form.
Will you return my citizenship document to me?
Yes, we will return your citizenship document to you with your new passport. If you apply in person at a passport office, then the officer will review the document and return it to you at that time.
What document should I submit as proof of Canadian citizenship?
If you were born in Canada proof of Canadian citizenship for passport applications include:
- birth certificate issued by the province or the territory of your birth
- Canadian citizenship certificate issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
If you were born outside of Canada your proof of Canadian citizenship for passport applications include an IRCC-issued:
- Canadian citizenship certificate
- certificate of naturalization
- certificate of registration of birth abroad
- certification of retention of Canadian citizenship
Can I get a Canadian passport if I also hold the citizenship of another country?
Yes, if you’re a Canadian citizen and meet our passport application requirements, you can get a Canadian passport.
Documents to support identity
Can I use an expired document?
No, your identity document must be valid, meaning it’s not expired.
The only exception is if it’s your Canadian passport that expired within the last year. Learn more about supporting ID.
Can I use a health card without a signature?
Yes. It can be submitted alone or with multiple IDs to fulfill the requirement as long as your health card is both
- valid, meaning it’s not expired
- issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government or its equivalent abroad
There must be 1 common element, such as your name, to link all your IDs. This is so we can be sure they all belong to you.
If your health card doesn’t have a signature
We may accept it if the issuing authority doesn’t normally put a signature on it.
Can I use ID that doesn’t have a photograph?
Yes, you may use ID without a photograph, but it needs to be submitted with another piece of ID that does include your photograph.
There must be 1 common element, such as your name, to link all your IDs. This is so we can be sure they all belong to you. Learn more about supporting ID.
Can I use my passport?
Yes, you can use your previous Canadian passport as supporting ID as long as
- your passport was issued to you when you were 16 years or older
- your name on your passport is in the same as your name on the application form
- your passport either
- is still valid or
- expired within the past year
- you submit either
- the original passport or
- a copy of pages 2 and 3 of your passport
- If you send copies, they must be signed and dated by a guarantor.
Can I include photocopies of my supporting ID?
Yes, you may submit photocopies of your supporting ID as long as
- you photocopy both sides of the document and
- your guarantor signs and dates all photocopies to show that they have seen the originals
If you apply in person, the agent may review and photocopy your document and return it to you.
Can I use a document without a date of issue?
Yes. If your ID was issued without a date of issue, you may leave this field blank.
What documents do I need to show proof of my identity?
Can I use my social insurance card to support my identification?
No. We don’t accept Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards as a piece of identification.
The name on my proof of citizenship is different from the name on my identification. Which name can I use on my passport?
The name printed in the passport will be the name on your proof of citizenship except if you
- want to drop or invert a given name from the name displayed on your proof of citizenship
- In this case, the name you want in your passport must match the name on your supporting ID
- adopted or resumed a last name due to a marriage, divorce, common-law relationship or end of a common-law relationship
- If so, you must
- provide supporting ID showing your new surname
- submit your marriage/divorce/common-law certificate with your application
- If so, you must
- changed your name following an adoption, a court decision or a legal name change and have not obtained a new proof of citizenship with your or your child’s new legal name
- In this case, you will need to submit
- your or your child’s proof of citizenship in the old name
- supporting ID showing your new given name(s) and last name, if applying as an adult
- the original or a copy of your or your child’s legal name change certificate, adoption order or court order displaying the old name and the new name
- In this case, you will need to submit
Additional personal information
Who can I use as a reference?
You can use references who have known you for at least two years if you’re applying for a passport.
You can't use a family member as a reference.
To avoid delays, make sure your references are available and not travelling outside of Canada. They should also be in your time zone so we can contact them easily.
You should ask your references for permission to use their names and contact information on your application.
What is the difference between the duties of a guarantor and those of a reference?
Your guarantor and your references must be people who have known you personally for at least two years. They may be contacted to confirm your identity.
Your references must:
- not be your guarantor
- not be a family member
- live in the same country as you (recommended)
- agree to you using their name and contact information on your application
Your guarantor must meet specific eligibility criteria and their duties are slightly more complex. These duties include:
- completing the "Declaration of Guarantor" section of the application
- writing “I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant name)” on the back of one of the passport photos and signing it
- signing and dating the photocopies of each document you have submitted to confirm your identity (if applicable)
Which family members can't be used as a reference?
You can't use the following family members as your reference:
- a spouse or common-law partner
- two people, opposite or same-sex, are common-law partners if they have lived together in a marriage-like relationship for at least one year, but aren’t legally married
- if a marriage or common-law relationship has ended, the former spouse or partner may serve as a reference
- a parent (biological, adoptive, step, foster or your parent’s spouse or common-law partner)
- a mother-in-law or father-in-law
- a child (biological, adopted, step, foster or your child’s spouse or common-law partner)
- a son-in-law or daughter-in-law
- sibling (brother, sister, step or half brother, step or half sister or your sibling’s spouse or common-law partner)
- a brother-in-law or sister-in-law
- a grandparent (biological, adoptive, step, foster or your grandparent’s spouse or common-law partner)
- a grandmother-in-law or grandfather-in-law
- a grandchild (biological, adopted, step, foster or your grandchild’s spouse or common-law partner)
- a grandson-in-law or granddaughter-in-law
- any other person not listed above who is living at the same address as the applicant and related to the applicant or to the applicant's spouse or common-law partner by:
- common-law relationship
Can my boyfriend or girlfriend act as my reference?
Yes, he or she can be your reference if you aren’t in a common-law relationship together.
A common-law relationship is when two people, opposite or same-sex, have been living together for at least one year in a marriage-like relationship.
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