Get a permanent resident card
When you are travelling, you need a permanent resident (PR) card to prove you’re a PR when you return to Canada.
Apply for a PR card or travel document, get urgent processing or check the status of your application.
If your PR card expired, you can renew your card. You still have your PR status even if your PR card expired.
Returning to Canada without a permanent resident (PR) card
You need a valid PR card to return to Canada by plane, train, bus or boat.
What to do if you don’t have a valid PR card or your card is about to expire
- If you’re outside Canada: apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to return to Canada
- If you want to leave Canada: renew your PR card before you leave
- If you don’t get your card in time, apply for a PRTD from outside Canada
Services and information
How to get a PR card, permanent resident rights, losing or renouncing your permanent resident status
Eligibility, application forms and how to apply for, replace or renew a PR card
Submit or update your address to get your PR card
Eligibility, how to apply and why your name may be shortened
Photo size, what can and can’t be worn and who can take a photo
Eligibility and how to return to Canada without a valid PR card
Eligibility, processing times and how to apply if you are inside or outside Canada
Sponsorship, permanent resident and citizenship status by your identification number, name, date and place of birth
Use the travel journal to record your trips outside Canada
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