Check processing times for passport services

We try our best to meet our current processing times. We deliver over 99% of passports on time or earlier. The times are based on how you applied and if you asked for express or urgent service.

Your application processing time:

  • starts once we have received your application form and all supporting documents
  • only applies if the application is properly completed
  • doesn’t include mailing time (including mailing time from Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agents)

A small number of cases may need more processing time for:

  • additional security checks
  • status/citizenship checks

Processing times for passport applications submitted in Canada

  • in person at a passport office: 10 business days
  • in person at a Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agent: 20 business days
  • by mail: 20 business days

Doesn’t include mailing time

Urgent and express service submitted at a passport office

You must apply for urgent and express services in person. These services are not available at all locations. Check the service location map to find out which passport offices offer the service you need.

You need proof of travel for urgent service. You may also need this proof for express service. Additional fees apply.

Processing times for urgent and express service :

  • urgent pick-up: By the end of the next business day
  • express pick-up: 2 to 9 business days

We are not liable for any losses as a result of the passport not being delivered to you or your child in time for your travel. We recommend that you do not finalize any travel plans until you get your passport.

Applications submitted in the United States

If you live in the United States you can only submit a passport application by:

  • mail or
  • travelling to Canada and submitting your application at a:
    • passport office or
    • receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post) service location

Processing time for mailed applications from the United States is 20 business days.

If you need a passport urgently or in certain circumstances (such as illness or death), contact the nearest Government of Canada consular office. Additional fees apply.

Applications submitted outside Canada and the United States

If you are outside Canada and the United States, you must submit your application by:

Processing time for applications submitted outside Canada is 20 business days.

If you need a passport urgently or in certain circumstances (such as illness or death), contact the nearest Government of Canada consular office. Additional fees apply.

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