Apply for a passport: How to apply

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reduced passport and travel document services

Due to the impacts of COVID-19

The forms and documents you need to submit may be different depending on where you are.

Where are you applying from?

If you live in Bermuda, American Samoa, the Midway Islands, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, select “United States”. The same steps apply to these countries.

  • Canada
  • United States
  • Outside Canada and the United States

Apply for a passport – adult in Canada

If you have a valid passport, you must submit it with your application so we can cancel it. You can’t travel with a cancelled passport.

  1. Complete the application form

    The term “mother’s maiden name” may not apply to everyone. If this term does not apply to you, until our forms are updated

    • cross out the term on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of one parent
    • write your initials in the margin

    To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it.
    Sign each page of the application.

    Complete the Adult General Passport Application form (PPTC 153) (PDF, 421.64KB).

    Contact us to get a Braille instruction booklet or large-print form sent to you.

  2. Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photo

    Include the following documents with your application form:

    Extra documents may need to be provided if you:

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

  3. Find a guarantor and 2 references

    For new passport applications you will need to find a guarantor to sign your application, one of your passport photos and all copies of any supporting identity documents you are submitting with your application.

    You will also need 2 references to include on your application. Your references must have known you for at least 2 years. You cannot use a family member or your guarantor as a reference.

  4. Find out how to submit your application and pay your fees

    Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we’ll tell you how to apply—depending on when you need your passport.

    Use our tool to find out how to submit  your application.

    If you’re applying by mail

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

    Address for mail:

    Government of Canada
    Passport program
    Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3
    Canada

    If using a courier:

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

    Paying your fees

    Your fees depend on what services you’re getting.

    Fees and methods of payment for in-Canada applications  

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

    • cancel your application
    • are refused a travel document, or
    • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses)

    Only the consular fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

    If you’re applying at an in-person appointment

    You must be 16 years of age or older to submit an application in person.

    You can submit your application yourself. If this isn’t possible, someone else can submit your application for you.

    If you want to pick up your passport in person, you need to pay the additional fee when you apply.

    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  

    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, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses)

    Only the consular fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

  5. Receiving your passport

    If you applied by mail, the passport (and any original documentation you submitted) will be returned to you by mail, and may be in 2 separate packages.

    If you applied in person and 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 written authorization from you to do so.

Apply for a passport – adults in the United States

Governments of Canada consular offices in the United States don’t provide passport services. You must send your application by mail.

If you have a valid passport, you must submit it with your application so we can cancel it. You can’t travel with a cancelled passport.

Urgent request

If you need a passport urgently or in exceptional circumstances (illness, death), contact the nearest Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad. Additional fees apply.

  1. Complete the application form

    To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it. Sign each page of the application.

    Complete the Adult General Passport Application form (PPTC 153) (PDF, 421.64 KB).

    If you choose an occupation-based guarantor, complete the Adult General Passport Application Form [PPTC 140] (PDF, 406.53 KB) instead. PPTC 140 is only available online.

    You may not be able to open these forms in your internet browser. Get help opening an application form.

    Contact us to get a Braille instruction booklet or large print form sent to you.

    The term “mother’s maiden name” may not apply to everyone. If this term does not apply to you, until our forms are updated:

    • cross out the expression on the form and write “Parent’s surname at birth”;
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of one parent;
    • write your initials in the margin.
  2. Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photo

    Include the following documents with your application form:

    Extra documents may need to be provided if you:

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

  3. Find a guarantor and two references

    For new passport applications you will need to find a guarantor to sign your application, one of your passport photos and all copies of any supporting identity documents you are submitting with your application.

    You will also need two references to include on your application. Your references must have known you for at least two years. You cannot use a family member or your guarantor as a reference.

  4. Submit your application and pay your fees

    You must mail your application to our office in Canada. Using a certified courier or traceable mail service can reduce the delivery time of your application and help protect your documents.

    By mail:

    Government of Canada
    Passport Program
    Gatineau QC K1A 0G3
    Canada

    By certified courier:

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

    Paying your fees

    Your fees depend on what services you’re getting.

    Fees and methods of payment for U.S. applications

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

    • cancel your application
    • are refused a travel document, or
    • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, if you have lost your passport multiple times)

    Only the consular fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

  5. Receiving your passport

    We’ll mail the passport and any original documentation you submitted to your address in the United States by courier service. They may arrive in 2 different packages.

Apply for a passport – adults outside Canada and the United States

If you have a valid passport, you must submit it with your application so we can cancel it. You can’t travel with a cancelled passport.

Urgent requests

If you need a passport urgently or you need one in an exceptional circumstance (illness, death), contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. Additional fees apply.

  1. Complete the application form

    To complete the application form:

    The term “mother’s maiden name” may not apply to everyone. If this term does not apply to you, until our forms are updated:

    • cross out the expression on the form and write “Parent’s surname at birth”;
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of one parent;
    • write your initials in the margin.
  2. Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photo

    Include the following documents with your application form:

    You may need to provide extra documents if you’re:

    Submit all documents in French or English. If a document is in another language, provide an official translation.

  3. Find a guarantor and 2 references

    For new passport applications, you need to find a guarantor to sign:

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

    You also need to include 2 references on your application. They:

    • must have known you for 2 or more years
    • can’t be a family member
    • can’t be the guarantor
  4. Pay your fees

    You need to pay your fees before you submit your application. Your fees and payment options depend on:

    • the type of passport you’re applying for
    • the services you need

    If you apply for a passport and we refuse your application, we only refund the consular fee. We can’t refund any other fees.

    Find out what the fees are and how to pay them.

  5. Submit your application

    After you pay, include your receipt with your application and submit it to your nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

  6. After you apply

    Are you also submitting an application for your child? Find out how to apply for a passport for your child.

    The office where you applied will let you know when your passport is ready and tell you when and how to pick it up.

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