Documents to support your identity – New adult passport applications

When applying for a new passport, you need to provide

  • at least 1 valid document to support your identity
  • additional documents, if you’re changing your name Updated November 2020

If your passport is still valid, you must submit it with your application. You may even be able to use it as the document to support your identity. Check to see if you can use your Canadian passport as your identification document.

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Requirements for your identification document (ID)

Your ID must

  • include your
    • name
    • date of birth
    • photo and
    • signature
  • be issued by a federal, provincial, territorial or state government authority, or the equivalent abroad

You can submit photocopies of your ID if you want. If you do, they must be signed and dated by your guarantor. Learn how to submit your documents.

If your ID doesn’t have all the required information

You may show more than 1 ID if all of the required information isn’t on the same one.

If your ID doesn’t have a signature

We may accept it if there isn’t normally a signature on that particular type of ID.

Types of ID you can use

You can use any of the following types of ID alone or in combination to meet the above requirements:

  • Canadian passport
  • driver’s licence issued by a province or territory, or the equivalent abroad
  • health card issued by a province or territory, or the equivalent abroad
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • military ID
  • foreign passport
  • non-driver’s licence issued by a province or territory, or the equivalent abroad
  • ID card issued by the federal government, or a provincial or territorial government, or the equivalent abroad
  • employee identification issued by the federal government, or a provincial or territorial government, or the equivalent abroad

If your ID isn’t in English or French, you must provide an official translation of it.

If your ID is expired and you can’t renew it due to COVID-19

If your expired ID meets the requirements, we’ll accept it as proof of your identity if the province, territory or state that issued it has temporarily extended its validity.

However, this doesn’t apply to Canadian passports. You can’t use your passport as proof of your identity if it’s been expired for more than 1 year.

Using your Canadian passport as your ID

If your Canadian passport was issued to you when you were 16 years or older, it can serve as an ID if

  • it was valid for 5 years or more when you first got it and
  • it’s either still valid or it has been expired for 1 year or less

If your Canadian passport was issued to you before you turned 16, you can use it as an ID if

  • it was valid for 5 years or more when you first got it
  • it’s either still valid or it has been expired for 1 year or less and
  • you submit another piece of ID with it

You can’t use your passport as an ID if it’s been any of the following:

  • expired for more than 1 year
  • damaged
  • reported lost or stolen

If your passport has been expired for 1 year or less

You can send us the original or a photocopy of pages 2 and 3 from it.

If you send us photocopies, you must have them signed and dated by a guarantor.

How to submit your documents

Whether you apply by mail or in person, you may submit original documents or photocopies. Original documents will be returned to you.

If you submit photocopies, copy both sides of the document. A guarantor must sign and date each side.

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