Apply for an adult passport in Canada: Get it in 2 to 9 business days

Where are you right now? 

  • Complete your form, and get your supporting documents, passport photos and proof you need the passport.
  • Book an appointment or try to get walk-in service at a passport office
  • Don’t go to a Service Canada Centre.

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.

Get the forms and instructions to apply

Answer the questions below. We’ll then

  • give you all the forms you need
  • tell you how to submit your application

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

1. Complete the form

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

Include your email address on the form so we can contact you if needed.

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, 1.33 MB) 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
    • 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 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
  •  a document to support your identity
    • This can be a photocopy or the original.
      • If you want to use a photocopy of your ID, make sure you show both sides and have it signed and dated by your guarantor or signing official.
  •  2 identical passport photos
    • On the back of one of the photos, the photographer must write
      • their name
      • their complete address
      • 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(opens in a new tab) .

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 (2 to 9 business days)

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

You must provide proof that you need the passport.

By appointment

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

Some locations are seeing high demand for appointments. Appointment availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

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

You can check walk-in wait times(opens in a new tab)  before you go.

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

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.

Service standards don’t include mail time. Mail time is usually 5 business days but can vary across the country.

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.

NEXUS cardholders

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

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