Completing the adult passport application

Personal information

Can I apply for a passport in my married surname?

To get a passport in your married surname, you must submit a new adult general application that includes either:

Supporting identification must:

  • be issued by a federal, provincial, territorial, or state authority
  • be valid (it can’t be expired)
  • include your name, date of birth, sex, photo and signature

We may also ask you to send us your original marriage certificate.

You can’t use the renewal application form if you’re changing your name on your new passport. Find more information in the application guide for adult applications.

How can I get a passport in my new legal name?

To get a passport in your new legal name, you must submit a new adult general application. If your new name isn’t on your proof of citizenship, you must update your proof of citizenship with your new name before you apply.

Our step-by-step application guide explains all of the adult application requirements. You aren’t eligible to renew if you’re changing your name on your passport.

Can I apply for a passport in my common-law surname?

To apply for a passport in your common-law surname, submit:

  • a new adult general application
  • your common-law relationship certificate
  • supporting identification in your common-law surname which must:
    • be issued by a federal, provincial, territorial, or state authority
    • be valid (not expired)
    • include your name, date of birth, sex, photo and signature

Our step-by-step application guide explains all of the adult application requirements. You aren’t eligible to renew if you’re changing your name on your passport.

Can I add my married or common-law surname to my valid passport?

You cannot add your married or common-law surname to an existing passport. If you want a passport in your new name, you must apply for a new passport using the general adult application.

Our step-by-step application guide explains all of the adult application requirements. You aren’t eligible to renew if you’re changing your name on your passport.

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 birth certificate?

No, we will not accept laminated birth certificates that say that the document is "void if laminated".

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?

Your identity document must be valid (not expired) unless it is your Canadian passport that expired within the last year.

Can I use a health card without a signature?

Your health card must show your name, sex, signature, date of birth, and photo.

If your health card doesn’t include all of these items, you can show other pieces of identification to meet the requirement. One common element (such as your name) must link all pieces of identification to make sure that they all belong to you.

Can I use a document without a photograph?

Yes, you may use a document without a photograph. However, you will need to show another piece of identification that includes your photograph. Identification, or a combination of multiple pieces of identification, must show your:

  • name
  • sex
  • signature
  • date of birth and
  • photo

One common element (such as your name) must link all pieces of identification to make sure that they all belong to you.

Can I use a passport?

Yes, you can use a previous Canadian passport as supporting identification as long as:

  • the passport is still valid or has expired within the past year
  • the passport is in the same name as the one on the application form
  • you submit the original passport (we don’t accept passport photocopies)
Can I include photocopies of my supporting identification?

Yes, you may submit photocopies of your supporting identification as long as:

  • you photocopy both sides of the document
  • 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 the date of issue?

Yes. If your identification document doesn’t have an issue date, you may leave this field blank.

What documents do I need to show proof of my identity?

Your valid identification document must show:

  • name, as it will appear on your passport
  • sex
  • date of birth
  • photo
  • signature

Supporting identification must:

  • be issued by a federal, provincial, territorial, or state authority
  • be valid (not expired)
  • include your name, date of birth, sex, photo and signature

You may show more than one valid piece of ID if you don’t have a single one with all of the information we need.

IDs you can use include:

  • military ID
  • driver's license that is issued by a province or territory or the equivalent abroad
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Canadian passport
  • foreign passport that meets the requirements
  • non-driver's license issued by a province or territory
  • ID card issued by the federal, provincial or territorial government
  • employee identification issued by the federal, provincial or territorial government

Note: Due to recent changes to documents issued by provincial or territorial governments, we are reviewing our requirements and application forms. In the meantime, we will not reject your application if you can’t provide a document or a combination of documents with your sex or your signature. You must meet all the other requirements.

Can I use my social insurance card to support my identification?

No. We don't accept Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) cards as a piece of identification.

Can I use my Old Age Security Card to support my identification?

We accept Old Age Security (OAS) cards issued after 2008 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. We consider special cases if you:

  • want to drop or invert (a) given name(s) 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 identification
  • adopted or resumed a surname due to a marriage, divorce, common-law relationship or the end of a common-law relationship, in which case you must:
    • provide supporting identification showing your new surname
    • submit your marriage/divorce/common-law certificate with your application

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:
    • blood
    • marriage
    • common-law relationship
    • adoption
    • guardianship
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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