Apply for an adult passport in Canada: 46 business days or more

  • Book an appointment at a regular Service Canada Centre (opens in a new tab) or try to get walk-in service
  • Don’t go to a passport office
  • You can also apply by mail
    • Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents

You need to

  • complete the form below
  • get your supporting documents and 2 passport photos
  • find a guarantor and 2 references

If you already have an adult passport, you may be able to renew your adult passport. Renewing a passport is simpler than applying for a new one.

Find out if you should renew your passport instead of applying for a new one.

If you’re under 16, you need to apply for a child’s passport.

We’re working to deliver passports as quickly as we can. Due to high volumes, processing times are longer than usual.

Processing may take up to 9 weeks, plus mail time.

 Processing times

It may take up to 9 weeks, plus mail time.

Get the forms and instructions to apply

Answer a few questions to find out how to apply.

You need to contact us as soon as possible to report the theft or loss of your previous passport.

If your passport is lost or stolen but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to

If your passport is damaged but still valid

Since your passport is still valid, you also need to add a complete declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document (PDF, 120 KB) to your application.

Instructions and tips

  • To save time, complete the form on your computer.
  • Read the instructions at the end of the form to make sure you complete it properly.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
      and
    • write your initials in the margin

  Avoid this mistake

Don’t forget to tell us if you want a 5 or 10 year passport under section 6 of the form (Period of validity).

2. Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photos

Include the following documents with your application form:

  • proof of Canadian citizenship
    • This can be a long-form birth certificate or citizenship certificate.
      • It must be the original document, not a photocopy.
  • any valid Canadian passport or other travel document (refugee travel document or certificate of identity) issued to you
  • document to support your identity
  • 2 identical passport photos
    • On the back of one of the photos, the photographer must write
      • their name
      • their complete address and
      • the date the photos were taken
    • Your guarantor must also sign the back of this photo.
    • Read the full photo requirements for more information.

Extra documents may need to be provided if you

  Avoid this mistake

If you submit a copy of your identification (ID)(opens in a new tab) , don’t forget to

  • copy both sides and then
  • have your guarantor sign and date each side of the copy

All your documents must be in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation.

3. Find a guarantor and 2 references

You need a guarantor to sign

  • your application
  • 1 of your passport photos and
  • all copies of your supporting identity documents

You also need 2 references to include on your application.

  • Your references must have known you for at least 2 years.
  • Your references cannot be
    • a family member or
    • your guarantor

4. Submit your application and pay your fees

If you’re applying in person and need your passport in 46 business days or more

By appointment

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

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You don’t need an appointment at Service Canada Centres  (opens in a new tab).

Make sure you go to a Service Canada Centre, not a passport office.

Walk-in service is only available if there’s enough capacity.

Submit the application by mail from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Saskatchewan

Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

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

Submit the application by mail from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Yukon

Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

Mailing address (non-courier)

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

Courier address

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

Submit the application by mail from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island

Use a certified courier or traceable mail service to reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Box 9325 RPO CSC
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  B3K 0J1

Courier address

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

Paying your fees

Your fees depend on what services you’re getting and how you’re applying.

Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications (opens in a new tab)

You won’t receive a refund for the service fee if you

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested
    • For example, if we issue a passport that’s valid for less than 5 years, despite you applying for a 5- or 10-year passport.
      • This may happen if you’ve lost your passport multiple times.

Only the consular fees, which apply to all adult applications, are refundable if a passport is not issued.

5. Get your passport

Your passport and any original documents you submitted will be mailed to you. They may be in 2 separate packages.

If you paid for a pickup service

The pickup date will be indicated on your receipt.

You can send someone else to pick up your passport if they have

  • valid identification and
  • something in writing from you saying they’re allowed to

If you’re moving, but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact us to update your mailing address if you

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact us about your application.

Before you travel

NEXUS cardholders

When you get your new passport, make sure your personal information is up to date in the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) System.

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