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Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for a Canadian passport. You do not have to be resident in Canada to apply for a new or to renew your Canadian passport. Canadian passports are issued by Passport Canada.

My 17 year old doesn’t have picture id to get passport what do I do?

If your 17-year-old doesn’t drive, they can still apply for a provincial Photo ID Card. That card can then be used to get their passport.


I just got my canadian citizenship and I have not applied for the canadian passport yet. Is it possible to use my old passport to travel to the United States?

Yes it is, however, depending on what country you are from, you will require additional documentation in order to enter the United States – either a visa or what is known as ESTA, a visa waiver you apply for electronically. Holders of Canadian passports do not normally require either.


I have a Canadian passport. How many months left I need to travel to Italy.

The Canadian Passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from Italy.


I am a Canadian citizen; I have been travelling in and around Africa for some time while studying periodically. My passport has been stolen as crime is quite bad here in South Africa. I intend on returning home however I need a replacement passport. Please advise me the procedure for obtaining a new one? I am not located near any Canadian embassy. Can the application be done via postal services or courier? Thanking you in advance.

You would need to contact the nearest High Commission of Canada Office to report the loss of the passport and to apply for a new passport.

The main office is located in Pretoria. Tel.: 27-12 422 3000 or Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 800-992-773.

Additional offices or consulates are located in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. If you live closer to a Canadian consulate in another country, you might also want to look into the offices in Maseru in Lesotho, or in Windhoek in Namibia.

You can print off the required application and statutory declaration forms from Passport Canada:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/form.aspx?lang=eng&region=international


My daughter’s passport expires May 2012. She is travelling to the Dominican Republic in February. Does her passport have to be valid for six months after her departure date? Is the fee for a passport renewal changing in 2012?

Your daughter’s passport is required to be valid for the duration of her stay in the Dominican Republic.

The Canadian Passport fees will increase in 2012. Passport Canada have not confirmed the final prices at this stage as the new e-passport will be released in 2012 (5 and 10 year passport). Please see: http://www.passportcanada.gc.ca/consultations/index.aspx?lang=eng for further information regarding the new passport fees.


How do I renew my 13 year old son’s passport?

Please visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/16-.aspx?lang=eng&region=Canada

Please note you are required to complete a children’s application under 16 years: PPTC 155


Fee for passport renewal please?

The current Passport Canada fees for an adult passport are: $87 (24 pages) or $92 (48 pages).

The additional processing fee depends on the service you require is: Urgent (24 hours – $70), Express (2-9 Business days – $30) or Regular (10 business days – $10).


I am a Canadian now living in Scotland UK I have a visa but as I travel back to Canada every year to visit my mother I need my passport as well, as I travel in April I just realised my passport expires April 13th 2012 which would be the time that I book how can I get a new one or is there a leeway date. Thanking you for your assistance.

You would need to contact the Honorary Consul of Canada located in Edinburgh for assistance in applying for a new passport. Tel.: 44 (0) 7702 359-916

Or you can contact the High Commission located in London: Tel.: 44 (20) 7258-6600

You would be able to apply for your new passport any time prior to travel.


I will be travelling around the globe for about 2 years. 1) How will I go about renewing my Canadian passport while abroad? 2) Do I use the form PPTC 040 (Canadians living abroad)? 3) The form above pptc 040 asks for a guarantor, what if I don’t have one?? Will this affect the processing time? 4) What’s the average processing time for renewing abroad? Is there an expedited processing?

You will need to contact the Government of Canada Office in the country you are looking to renew the passport.

You will be required to submit application form PPTC 040 You are required to have a guarantor sign the application form and one passport photos. This person needs to have known you personally for at least two years. If you do not know anybody you will need to complete form PPT132, ‘statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor? (which must be signed before a Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public).

When the application is ready to submit you will need to contact the nearest Passport issuing office in the country where you will visiting. The average processing time is 15 business days.

Alternatively, you can renew your passport before you go abroad, as it is good for five years.


I recently applied for a new passport. My old one had 4 months left until it expired, but I wanted to get a new one with the full term on it. When I applied in person, the agent snipped the corner of the current passport and returned it to me. Now, I have to make a business trip to the New York, and haven’t received my new passport yet. Can I use the old one with the snipped corner?

Once you have applied for a new passport the old passport (even if it is still valid) will be void. To show this the Passport Canada office will cut the corner. You will not able to travel until the new passport is issued. You must wait to receive your passport to travel. If you are traveling by car, you can use an enhanced Driver’s License (provided you have) to cross at the border instead of a passport.


Do I need a guarantor for my child’s Canadian passport application?

Yes you do require a guarantor. This person must have personally known you (parent or legal guardian) personally for at least 2 year and have knowledge of the child.

Please note the parent or legal guardian applying for a passport for the child cannot act as a guarantor.


My Canadian passport has expired since 15 years ago can I apply for a new one? I live outside Canada tks

You can apply for a new Canadian Passport by submitting an Adult aged 16 years and over application. Please visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/form.aspx?lang=eng&region=international

Or contact the Canadian Embassy located in your country.


My daughter is 3 years Old, having a Canadian Passport that just expired. I submitted an express application for her at Montreal. Does she need to be present for me to collect her Passport?

Your daughter does not need to be present when you pick up the passport.


I have lost my Canadian passport. I have an old Canadian Passport that expired less than 1 year ago. Can I still fill out a simplified passport application, or do I require a guarantor and the standard application form?

If you have lost your current passport this needs to be reported to Passport Canada. Once this has been reported lost you would then have to reapply using the standard application and a statutory declaration.


How do I get a passport if I lost my birth certificate?

To get a passport proof of citizenship is required. That means that if you were born in Canada you are required to provide your birth certificate when applying for your passport. You would need to contact the Vital Statistics office of the province where you were born to request a duplicate.


We are travelling to St Lucia on Canadian Passports set to expire 26 days after our scheduled date of return to Canada which we understood was acceptable however have just been advised we may be denied entry to some countries due to the minimal time to expiry. Can you advise?

Canadian traveling to Saint Lucia requires a valid Canadian passport, and it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to Canada. You can request an urgent (24 hours) or Express (2-9 business days) renewal Canadian passport. Please visit your nearest Passport Canada location.


If I’m applying for a passport can I scan/ photocopy the document then send it in or do I need to send the original copy? Also if the name on my birth certificate my name is not the same as all other id I have how do I go about applying is there a form?

You are required to provide the original proof of citizenship, however photocopies of your supporting I.D is acceptable. You must photocopy both sides of the document, and your guarantor must sign and date all of the photocopies to indicate that he or she has seen the originals. Please note all original documents will be sent back to you with your new passport.

You would need to provide documents to explain the difference in name between the birth certificate and I.D, for example a legal change of name document.


Hi I need to renew my passport. I am currently leaving in Finland and I want to go in person to the Canadian embassy in Helsinki. Can you please tell me what exactly I have to do, and bring with me to the embassy? Thank you…. and also renew my Citizenship card because it is damaged?

You are required to complete an Adult aged over 16 years to apply for a new passport: PPTC 040 Your passport application must be submitted with proof of Canadian citizenship for example; birth certificate), and at least one document to support your I.D and the name to appear in the passport, for example provincial driver’s license. Two passport sized photos and the required fees will need to be paid when you submit the application. It is recommended you contact the Embassy of Canada located in Finland before visiting the office and to request a new Citizenship Card.

Tel.: 358 (9) 228-530


I would like to apply for a Canadian passport under my maiden name, but I am wondering about the signature box. Do I sign using the name I want to appear on the passport, or do I sign with my married name?

You are required to sign with your married name. Please note the signature must not exceed the inner limits of the signature box.


My passport renewal application and ID: Birth Certificate has been lost in the mail. I am a USA resident and a Canadian Citizen. I planned to go home for Christmas and was wondering if there was anyway to obtain a passport without a birth certificate (I have a copy and my parents can verify it) or any way to expedite the process? Thank you

To apply for a passport you are required to provide an original birth certificate. You would need to reapply for your birth certificate.

You would need to contact the provincial or territorial ministry that is responsible for issuing your birth certificate, for example; Ontario.

For more information contact Service Canada: Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232


We live in Red Deer, Alberta and are travelling to Hawaii on Friday, November 25th. Our daughter (age 27) has lost her passport, but would like to come with us. Today is Monday, November 21st. Is it still possible for her to get a new (or temporary) passport in time, if she applies in Calgary?

Your daughter would be able to apply for an urgent passport at your local Passport Canada office in Calgary. She would need to provide proof of urgency, and report the loss of the passport to Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868

Does a marijuana possession charge of less than 30 grams prohibit getting a passport? This happened 3 yrs ago and I learned my lesson.

You can request a Canadian Passport, however depending on the circumstances around your case Passport Canada may refuse the travel document.


Does a new infant of 6 months born in Canada need a passport to Jamaica, Barbados or El Salvador

All persons require a valid passport to travel. Please note Canadian Passport holders traveling to El Salvador must have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date of departure.


My passport expires on Feb 26/12. We are travelling to Cuba on Feb 25/12. Should I wait till 2012 for the 10 year passport or renew now for the 5 year passport? What is the cost of the 5 year or 10 year passport if applied for in January 2012?

It is recommended you renew your passport very soon. Please note regular processing is 20 business days (not including delivery time). The new e-passport (5 or 10 year passport) will be issued in 2012, but Passport Canada has not confirmed the date this will available or the cost.


I need to apply renewal of my working permit in Israel that will be expired by March 2012. The Israeli Government requires a passport with 2 years’ validity before they proceed. My Canadian passport will be expired by March 2013, but I can’t renew it before March 2012 due to the “within 12 months” criteria with a current passport. So is there any flexibility in the “within 12 months” rule in my case?

You are correct to say your passport must have less than 12 months validity remaining before you can reapply. Passport Canada is prepared to review this on a case-by case basis, but you would need to contact them direct on: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868.


Hi! I live in Ontario and I totally forgot about my passport and it has been I think 16 years since my Passport expired. How much would I have to pay to renew one? I know it is going to be a lot?

The current fee for an adult aged 16 years or over is $87 (24 pages) or $92 (48 pages)


Does an adult Down Syndrome Individual require a passport to go to Orlando Florida from Sudbury Ontario? I was hoping she could obtain a passport within 3 weeks as other family members are scheduled to be there in time? How much is it to expedite a passport if one would be required for her?

All persons wishing to travel require a valid passport. To request an expedited passport you would need to apply at any Passport Canada office. Urgent (24 hours/ C$70 + passport fee), Express (2-9 business days/ C$30 + passport fee) or regular (10 business days/ C$10 + passport fee).


I am Citizen of Canada but now I am in Iran, would you please let me know may I apply to renew my Passport 1-2 months before the expiry date of my passport.

You would need to contact the Embassy of Canada located on Tehran: Tel.: 98 (21) 8152-0000


I am planning to go to the Philippines for 5 days on 2011.11.29. My passport expires on 2012.04.22. Will I still be able to travel to Cebu? If not, how can I get my passport renewed ASAP? I am currently living in Korea. Thank you so much!!

As a Canadian Passport holder visiting Cebu (Philippines) your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into the country. To apply for a new passport you can request urgent (24 hours), Express (2-9 business days) or regular processing. You can either apply in person at a Passport Canada office or visit www.passportcanada.gc.ca


My mum is a Canadian citizen and is currently in the US. Her passport has expired but she needs to come back into Canada right away. What does she need to do, as she can’t wait for the 3 to 4 week processing time for a new passport?

Your mum would need to contact the nearest Canadian government office in the US, or call Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868 or Outside Canada and the United States: 819-997-8338.


How do I expedite passports for my family now to be able to travel at Christmas time? I am in Hamilton, Ont. and can get to the passport office but what is the cost to obtain the passports quickly. I have an elderly father that is ill will cancer that I would like to visit asap. Thank you.

You can request either urgent (24 hours/ C$70 + passport fee), Express (2-9 business days/ C$30 + passport fee) or regular (10 business days/ C$10 + passport fee) processing at the Passport Canada office location Hamilton.
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/section6.aspx?lang=eng&region=Canada


If I’m applying for a new passport under my married name, do I have to submit my old passport with my maiden name on it?

If your passport is still valid when you apply, you must submit it. You must submit your marriage certificate along with the application.


Is a signature required on the photos by a guarantor? One statement says no signature

If you are applying using the standard ?Adult aged 16 years and over?, you require a guarantor to sign one of the photos and write, “I certify this to be a true likeness of (either your name or your child’s name)”. If you are applying using the ‘simplified Renewal Process?, then no guarantor declaration is necessary.


My passport expires Jan 15/2012. And I have already booked my ticket for Nov 19/2011 (in 2 days). And when I went to get Indian tourist visa, they said I would not be allowed to apply, the reason being the passport expiring in 2 months. it is a family urgency and I have to go, the ticket was booked yesterday. Any suggestions?

In order to get an Indian visa you are required to have at least 6 months validity on your passport. You can request an urgent Passport (24 hours) from any Passport Canada location.


I have a valid Canadian passport with an expiry date of 2012 01 04. I am planning to travel to Thailand possibly the end of Jan. or in February. I am just now filing for a renewal on my passport but I understand that Thailand requires that the passport be valid 6 months prior to travel to this country. Does this mean that I cannot go or is this “renewed” passport OK?

You are required to have at least 6 months validity on your passport to travel to Thailand. As you are in the process of renewing you will have a new passport in time for travel, which will be valid for 5 years. Please note you are required to obtain a visa to travel to Thailand (this cannot be issued until the new passport has been issued)


Does an existing passport have to be changed to one’s married name to travel by car to the United States for a short term stay?

If you have changed the name on your other identification documents, your passport should reflect the same name. If the documents do not match you may experience some delay on the border. It would be best to take a copy of your marriage certificate in case you are asked to present by Border Services Agency.


Can a relative drop off and pick up a Canadian passport application?

The following can submit your passport application if either your:

? Parent
? Child (aged over 16 years)
? Parent’s spouse or common-law partner
? Child’s spouse or common-law partner
? Spouse or common-law partner

IIdentification must be provided by your family member. Also if they do not reside with you, a written letter will need to be signed by you authorizing they can submit your passport application. Please note the relative can only submit the application for standard processing.


I need to renew my passport, but also need to have it for travel while it is in the renewal process

You cannot travel without a valid passport. To renew your passport you can request urgent processing (24 hours) at any Passport Canada location.


I just discovered that I might have lost my passport at Pearson Airport on October 11th. How would I find out if the passport office has it?

Please contact Pearson Airport on (416) 776-9892. If the passport has not been found you would need to report the loss of the passport to Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868.


My passport expires in Jan and I have to renew it. I’m still travelling to the Unites States when I apply for my new passport do I have to submit my old one and how much is it to renew a Canadian passport?

You need to submit your current passport, however to make the process easier use the Simplified Renewal Application. If you submit the application at any Passport Canada office you could request the Urgent (24hrs), Express (2-9 business days) or the standard service (20 business days)


I need to renew my passport for travel to the Caribbean on December 26, 2011 until January 5, 2012. I am also traveling to the US on November 17, returning to Canada on November 28. Can I submit my passport renewal application before traveling to the US, and still keep and use my passport for my US trip? If I can’t do that will I be able to apply and receive a new one in time for my Caribbean trip. I will be able to apply on November 29.

You would need to apply for a new passport on your return from the US on 28th November. You can apply for a new passport at any Passport Canada location and request either the urgent (24hours) or Express (2-9 business days) processing. If you go for the standard processing it takes 20 business days (not including delivery).


We have lost a Canadian passport; I am in Phoenix and flying back to Canada on Thursday evening. Is there a quick fix for this problem?

You would need to report the loss of the passport to the Consulate General of Canada located in Los Angeles: Tel.: (213) 346-2700/ Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 1-888-949-9993.

You are required to report the loss to the local police.

You will be given further instructions on returning back to Canada on Thursday.


Do I need a passport to travel by air from Toronto to Victoria BC.

You are required to present one piece of government issued ID with photo, which includes your name, date of birth and gender.


A Canadian friend of mine has lost her passport while in the US and only has a copy of her expired passport. What steps does she need to take? Will she be able to re-enter Canada?

Your friend would need to contact the nearest Canadian Embassy located in the US and the local police: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/contact/offices-list_liste-bureaux-eng.asp

Or contact Passport Canada: 819-997-8338 / 1-800-394-3472

You will be given instructions on how to return to Canada.


Hi, I have a double nationality. I carry both Egyptian and Canadian citizenships. I came into Cairo about a year ago, getting out of Canada using my Canadian passport and into Cairo using my Egyptian one. I have an abusive parent who stole my papers and fled Egypt to another country. I could not press charges. I know my passport number. It was issued out of NS Halifax. I am stuck I need help with this problem please.

It is recommended you contact the ?Embassy of Canada? located on Cairo.

Address: 26 Kamel El Shenawy Street, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1667, Cairo, Egypt,
Tel.: 20 (2) 2791-8700 or 613-996-8885
E-Mail: cairo-cs@international.gc.ca
Internet: http://www.egypt.gc.ca


Can my husband take 4 short passport forms with our current passports to the Hamilton office (his, mine and our 2 adult children in university)? If so, can he pay for all 4 with his MasterCard?

Your husband can submit all 4 passport applications in any Passport Canada location, as long as he meets the following criteria:

? Shows ID
? Aged 16 years and over
? Is either your parent, spouse or common-law partner

Please note if your children are now registered at a university address (or not living with you and your husband), then they will need to provide a written statement signed authorizing your husband to submit their passport application.


Lost passport but subsequently found in the hotel I was staying at. Never reported it lost. I am afraid of identity theft. Can a temporary freeze be put on it?

Please contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to report the situation, or contact Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


I had mis-spelt something in my passport application so I scribbled it out and put my initials by it and wrote the answer beside it. Will my passport application be rejected because of this?

To avoid rejection, it is strongly recommended you complete a new application. Please refer to this list of common errors and how to avoid them PDF * (159 KB).


If my granddaughter has a previous birth certificate does she need the long form to get her passport? My son and her mother are not together

To avoid processing delays or the possible rejection of your application, it is recommended you provide a birth certificate that shows the name(s) of the child’s parent(s) ? (long form birth certificate).

Please note if the parents are no longer together legal documents that refer to custody of your granddaughter will be required, for example divorce papers or joint custody provision. Either parent can apply for the passport, but both parents must sign the application form.


What crimes are grounds for inadmissibility into the United States through a land port of entry if I am a Canadian citizen travelling with my United States citizen fianc‚?

If you have a criminal record, no matter the severity or the date of the offence, you may be refused entry to the United States. It is recommended you contact U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services for more information prior to travel: 1-800-375-5283


Do I need a Birth Certificate to obtain a passport; or will a SIN card suffice? My parents, many years ago, laminated my birth certificate, will they accept it still?

You are required to submit your birth certificate to obtain a passport.

A laminated birth certificate, which indicates that the document is “void”, will not be accepted. Only documents entitled “Birth Certificate” or “Certificate of Birth” issued by a provincial/territorial authority in Canada are accepted.

Birth certificates are available from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the province or territory of your birth. For more information on how to obtain a birth certificate, contact your Canadian vital statistics office.


I have an 18, 17 and 14 year old. As the parent do I sign the 17 and 14 year old passport?

Both your 17 and 18 year old children will need to complete the adult application form, and sign their own form.

For the child aged 14, they require the child’s application (aged under 16 years). Each legal parent or guardian needs to sign this application form.


My son is 3 years he is Canadian and i have a dubai passport and we are staying in Dubai can i apply for Canadian passport?

Please contact the Consulate of Canada ? Dubai to apply:

Address: Bank Street Building, Suite 701, Khalid bin Al Waleed Street, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates Postal Address: P.O. Box 52472, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Tel.: 971 (4) 314-5555
Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 800-014-0145
Fax: 971 (4) 314-5556/5557
E-Mail: dubai@international.gc.ca


Can we extend the validity of a Canadian Passport?

You cannot extend the validity of your passport; you would need to submit a new application


I am going to Aruba on November 20 returning November 27; my current passport expires in either Feb or March 2012. Some documentation I received from the travel agent states that the passport has to be valid for six months after the date of travel, is this case for travel to Aruba from Canada?

For your travel to Aruba you require a passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of your stay


I am here in San Francisco my passport expires in July 2011.i will be traveling in Feb. 7 -for 3 weeks do I have to renew my passport and when?

You will need to have a valid passport prior to traveling. You can apply using the ‘simplified Renewal? Process. The standard processing time is 20 business days (not including delivery time).


I currently have a passport which will expire in 2012. If I complete the passport renewal form and appear in person at a government office, how long will it take to obtain a new passport?

The standard processing time is 10business days. If you require the passport sooner than 10 business days, you could request the Urgent (24 hours) or Express Service (2-9 business days). To request the quicker service you will be required to provide proof of urgency (for example; a travel ticket).


My Canadian Passport was stolen while was here in Las Vegas. Can I fly back into Canada without one? Can I use an alternate form of ID? If not, what can I do to get back into Canada?

You are required to report the theft to the nearest Government of Canada Office located in Los Angeles

Tel.: (213) 346-2700

Emergency toll-free to Ottawa:

11-888-949-9993 You will also be required to report the theft to the local police.


Hi Recently I got my Canadian Citizenship card and applied for my Canadian passport but it has not come yet. Urgently I need to go out of the country and I want to know whether I can used my valid Sri Lankan passport to go out and come back until I get my passport.

Yes you can use your Sri Lankan Passport to travel. You will be required to present your Canadian Citizenship Card when you return back into Canada.

Depending on the country you are traveling to, it is recommended you check on the entry and exit requirements for a Sri Lankan passport.


My passport has expired and I have a business trip to Florida in less than 2 weeks. I have a First Nations Native Status card, but we will be flying. Do I still need a passport? If so what is the quickest way for me to renew it? I am in Montreal, QC.

You are required to renew your Canadian Passport prior to travel. To request urgent (24 hours) or express (2-9 business days) processing you will need to visit you?re nearest Passport Canada office.


My passport expires on Mar 22, 2012. I am planning to take a Carribean cruise from US in January. The cruise will visit Mexico, Jamaica. Can I travel with my current passport?

A valid Canadian Passport is required for your trip to enter and exit Mexico and Jamaica. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds is also required.


My Canadian passport expires on Dec 18 2011, I want to travel to India on Nov 2 2011, from Toronto and coming back to Toronto on Nov 17 2011, I have O C I (life long multple journey visa) to travel to India. Is my Canadian passport valid for this trip?

You are required to have a valid Canadian Passport for at least six months beyond your expected departure from India.

To apply for a new passport you can request urgent (24 hours) or express (2-9 business days) processing. To do this you would need to visit your nearest Passport Canada office.


My passport expires May 24th, 2012. I have booked a trip on May 8th to Switzerland. How far ahead should I renew my passport?

The passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in Switzerland. If it is due to expire you can apply for a new passport using the ‘simplified Renewal Application?. The standard time for processing is 20 business days (not including delivery time).


We had our passports stolen in Costa Rica. We reported them stolen and received emergency travel passports to get out of Costa Rica and back home. These were surrendered at the Toronto airport. Now I am applying for a new passport. The form I have says I cannot use it if I cannot send in my old passport with this form. So, what form do I need? Where do I get it? Thanks you.

You would need to complete a ‘statutory declaration concerning your lost Canadian Passport ? PPTC 203


My son is 19 years old and is in the USA currently visiting his Dad. His Canadian passport expired and he wants? to come home next month. How does he renew his passport and can he do the simplified renewal or does he have to do the complete form, since he is now 19 years old and I (his MoM) applied previous as he was a minor when it was issued. How does he apply from the USA?

Your son would not qualify for the Simplified Renewal Process, as he must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of his previous application.

Please visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/form.aspx?lang=eng&region=USA

It is recommended you send the completed application by courier to Passport Canada in Gatineau, Quebec.

For more assistance contact the nearest Government of Canada office located in the US.


My son is 15and has recently been charged. He has not been to court yet. We have planned a trip to the USA; will he be able to cross the border from Canada into the USA?

If you have a criminal record, no matter the severity or the date of the offence, you may be refused entry to the United States. It is recommended you contact the embassy of the United States of America or contact one of the USCIS ports of entry by telephone to discuss your individual case (National Customer Service Line 1-800-375-528).


Why can’t I use the Simplified renewal form for my 12 yr old

With any passport application for a child under 16 years, Passport Canada must verify the custody of the child. This is to protect the child from international abductions. The Simplified Renewal application does not allow full security checks for children.


I am a Canadian citizen with a valid passport that will expire January 31st 2012. Will I have any problems traveling to the UK on business for a week in November (as it will be within 6 mos of expiry)?

A valid passport is required for at least the expected duration of your trip. You will be required to demonstrate you have enough funds to support your trip and you have onward travel plans.

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My Canadian passport expires March 11 2012 when does it have to be renewed

You can apply for your new passport anytime now using the ‘simplified Renewal Process?. Please note if you apply prior to March 11th, the unused validity period on your old passport will not be transferred to your new passport.


My dog chewed the corner of my pass passport and I am going to Vegas in three weeks with some friends. You can still read everything. Do I need to get a new one?

IIt is recommended you replace your passport as you may experience delays at the border crossing.


I want to go to from BC – WA with my friends for a couple hours (I’m 17) but my passport expired three months ago. Will I still be able to cross the border?

If you are traveling by air you are required to have a valid passport.

If you are traveling by land or water you require either, a valid passport, a Nexus Card, a FAST Card or enhanced driver’s licence (ELD) or enhanced identification card (EIC).

To renew your passport please contact Passport Canada: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx


We need to renew our passports. My son turns 16 in January. Can he apply for an adult passport or does he need to wait until his birthday?

You can apply for your son’s passport using the child application (for age under 16). Your son will receive a full validity passport for five years. When you son turns 16 in January he will not need to change his passport again. Please note a passport issued to a child has the same format and validity as a passport issued to an adult.


I’m living in New Caledonia (1000 miles east of Australia) and my passport expires in Apr. It is unlikely that I will be back in Canada before then. To renew it is it better to send my application and passport to the Canadian embassy in Australia or back to Canada? My concern is the length of time I will be without a passport because I do travel a fair bit and living in a foreign country it is not good to be without it. Thanks

It is recommended you contact either the High Commission of Canada in Canberra: Tel.: 61 (2) 6270-4000 or Consulate General of Canada in Sydney: Tel: Tel.: 61 (2) 9364-3000. You would need to send your application in Australia, no applications sent from outside Canada/ US will be accepted.


How do I report my passport lost, what does it cost and what is the process to get a new passport if one is lost

If you are located in Canada you need to contact Passport Canada (1-800-567-6868) to report the circumstances of the loss.

If you are outside Canada you need to report the loss to your nearest Government of Canada office abroad.

To request a new Passport you are required to complete the Adult General Passport Application form for 16 years of age and over, and to submit a ‘statutory Declaration Form – PPTC 203?.

Please contact Passport Canada for more information.


Hello my daughter’s passport expires Jan 9/2012. She was 15 when she obtained same. I thought I completed an adult passport at that time in 2007-would that be correct and then she can renew her passport or was she a child then and then have to complete adult application now?

To qualify for the ‘simplified Renewal Process? your daughter must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of her previous application. As she was 15 years of age at the time of applying for her last passport, she would now need to apply for an adult passport using form ?PPTC 153? – (Adult General Passport Application for Canadians aged 16 years and over).


I am now living in HK. Found that my Canadian Passport expired for 1.5 years, May I know which form should I complete for the passport renewal?

You require application form PPTC 040 (Adult Passport Application for Canadian 16 years of age or over (abroad) Consulate General of Canada ? Hong Kong: Tel.: 85 (2) 3719 4700


I am a US citizen since 1998. I was born in Canada and have decided I want a Canadian passport again, in addition to my US passport. Passport Canada says I must submit “a valid Canadian passport or other travel document issued during the past five years”. Does that mean I must submit my US passport with my application, or do they mean ONLY Canadian travel documents?

You only require Canadian travel documents. Any travel document issued in the last five (5) years must be submitted


As a grandparent can I get a passport for our granddaughters at the same time we are renewing our daughters.

If you are submitting in person (as a Passport Canada location) you would not be able to get a passport for your granddaughter. The only persons permitted to submit a child who is under 16 years of age are;

One of the child’s parents

Custodial parent in the case of separation or divorce or

Legal guardian (proof of legal guardianship must be provided)

IIf you are sending by mail/ courier you can apply for both your daughter and granddaughter in the same envelope.


My passport expires on Dec 27, 2011 and I will be going to a wedding in November, leaving Friday November 10 and returning November 14. Will I require a new passport?

If you are traveling to the United States you do not require a new passport. If you are not traveling to the US, you will need to check what the entry and exit requirements are for the relevant country.

For example some countries require at least three or six month’s validity on the passport beyond the date of your expected departure.


How long does it take to renew Canadian passport

The average standard processing time is 20 business days (not including delivery time). You can request urgent (24 hours) and express (2-9 business) processing at the time of submitting the application. To do this you require proof of urgency, for example a travel ticket.


I had reported my passport lost a few months ago but now have found it. I have filled out the declaration and had it signed. I have my new application for my passport all filled out can I send all this documentation in the mail or do I need to bring it to a service location?

As you have found the passport, it must be returned to Passport Canada with a letter describing how it was found. Please send the found passport and application either by registered mail or courier. You can also go in person to a Passport Canada office.


My children who are 18 and 20 now, need to renew their passports but do not qualify to apply using the simplified form. What form shall I use? Also, mine expires Dec.1. If I apply now in person, are they going to take my old passport and if so then, I cannot travel outside Canada until I received the new passport which will take for days? Or weeks?

Your children would need to apply using the ?Adult General Passport Application for Canadians over 16 years of age? PPTC 153

As your passport expires 01st December, you would qualify to use the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process.

If you apply now the average processing time is 20 business days (not including delivery time). You can request urgent (24 hours) or express (2-9 business days) processing if you are able to apply direct at a Passport Canada Office. Please note you would require proof of urgency to qualify for urgent and express processing.

When you apply for a new passport your old passport will be invalid. You will need to wait for the issuance of the new passport before you can travel.


Do I need passport to travel within Canada?

A passport is not required to travel within Canada. It is recommended you check with individual airlines on what Identification is required.


How can I replace my lost birth certificate and lost expired passport from Crete Greece?

As your birth certificate and passport are lost you are required to report this to your nearest Government of Canada Office located in Athens:

Tel.: 30 (210) 727-3400

More instructions will be given on how to process further. Please note for emergency information please call: 613-996-8885


Hello, can you please provide me office hours to submit application for new passport in Windsor passport office.

The address for Passport Canada Office located in Windsor, Ontario is:

CIBC Building
100 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 503

Mon?Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


I live and work in the USA (NYC) and need to renew my passport. Do I use my New York information or do I have to have a Canadian resident address.

If you are permanently located in NYC, please provide your address (under address of permanent resident) Please note under Section 7, you are required to provide address details if it has changed in the last 2 years. For more information please contact: Consulate General of Canada ? New York: Tel.: (212) 596-1759


I have my Ontario birth certificate what other forms of ID is required to get a passport?

You are required to provide one supporting ID which must be valid, and must be issued by a federal, provincial state or municipal authority. The ID must have your name and signature for example; Driver’s licence, provincial health card or valid Canadian Passport or Canadian Passport expired for a period of less than one year.


I live in Field Ontario where can I go to a passport office in north bay or Sudbury and get help to fill it out and will I get it quicker my son wants me to go with him to china the middle of November he will be getting married their I am 67 yrs old and have no record or anything so do you think I will get one in time. Thank you for your help.

To process your passport application in person you are required to do this at a Passport Canada Location. Your nearest branch is in Mississauga or Toronto. Standard processing is 20 business days (not including delivery time) If you are able to travel to either Mississauga or Toronto you can request Urgent processing (24hrs) or Express processing (2-9 business days).


Canada citizen, I am living in U.A.E., I wanted to know the renewal passport process abroad

You will need to contact the Embassy of Canada located in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai to process your application:

United Arab Emirates ? Abu Dhabi: Tel.: 971 (2) 694-0300

United Arab Emirates ? Dubai: Tel.: 971 (4) 314-5555

Or contact Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 800-014-0145


Hello I just found out I have to travel to Colorado next Wednesday, but my Canadian passport is long expired. May I travel using my expired passport, birth certificate and current driver’s license or is there a chance of renewing my passport prior to leaving?

If you are traveling by land or water an enhanced driver’s license/ or enhanced provincial ID is accepted at the border. If you are flying a valid passport is required. You can request an urgent passport direct at a Passport Canada location (24 hours processing). Proof of travel will be required to prove the reason of urgency.


Does a Canadian passport holder need a visa to enter Spain?

A valid passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. A visa is not required for your stay up to 90 days within a six month period. Please note you are required to provide proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay and have an onward travel ticket.

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I will be travelling to either Cuba or Mexico by the end of December 2011 and my passport expires in March 2012, do I need to renew it before I travel?

To travel to Mexico you only require a valid passport to enter and exit. For travel to Cuba a valid passport is valid for at least one month beyond the date of your expected departure.


Hi there. I am a Canadian citizen and am trying to apply for my British passport as my dad was born in the UK. I am wondering if it is possible to hold a Canadian passport and a British passport and have both be valid.

Yes you can hold both citizenships and may carry both British and Canadian passports. Canada and the UK accept dual nationality.


Expedited passport offices in Ontario

Please follow the link to show the Passport Canada office locations in Ontario: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/offices.aspx?lang=eng&province=ON&graph=on&chkPPTC=on


I am flying to London, England on the 22nd of October, from there I am flying to Venice Italy on the 25th and returning to London on the 27th. My Passport is valid until January 26, 2012. The Italian embassy requires an individual traveling to Italy to have a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the length of stay. Would I qualify for an urgent passport service as I leave in less than 10 business days to receive the express passport service?

It is recommended you renew your passport prior to travel. You can request the urgent processing (24 hours) if you submit your application at a Passport Canada Location. You are required to provide proof of urgency (for example; present your flight ticket). To make the process easier you can use the ‘simplified Renewal Application? form.

As you are short by one-day of the 3-month deadline please contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada to confirm if it is essential to renew the passport prior to travel.

Telephone: 1-800-267-6788


Can I have 2 Canadian passports? I’m traveling around the world and have to send my passport for visa’s, which will leave me without my passport for 60 days. Can I get a second passport to use during this period? I also have a Nexus card. Can I fly to US from Canada using only my nexus card, without my passport? Part of this site says it’s not advisable while other parts say the Nexus is sufficient. Thanks

You cannot have 2 Canadian Passports. When you apply for a new passport your old passport, if valid is ?void?. As a Canadian Citizen traveling by air to the US you must present either a valid passport or a Nexus Card when used at kiosks in participating airports.

NEXUS is offered at the following airports:

? Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
? Montr‚al-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
? Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport*
? Toronto Pearson International Airport
? Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
? Calgary International Airport
? Edmonton International Airport
? Vancouver International Airport


I am traveling to Mexico Oct 23 for one week. My passport expires on Dec 2011 ….am I ok or do I need to renew early? Thank you so much!

Canadian Citizens are required to show a valid passport to enter and exit Mexico. Please note if you have a criminal record you could be refused entry. If this applies you would need to contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa prior to travel: Toll-free: 001-800-514-0129


I have recently been hired as an international consultant; however I am not told what country I will be going to. My passport expires in 5 months & my employer insists that I renew my passport as many countries will not issue a VISA to someone whose passport expires in less than 6 months. Am I able to obtain an urgent passport renewal even though I do not have specific proof of travel? Could I go & receive my new passport in the same day?

You can apply for an urgent passport (24 hours) at a Passport Canada Location. To provide proof of urgency you would require a letter from your employee saying you need an urgent passport for forthcoming travel. To confirm your nearest location and to check on the reason for urgency please call Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


My passport expires April 20, 2012. I am going to New Zealand and Perth Australia from November 2, 2011 and returning December 14, 2011. Is this passport expiry going to be ok to get into and out or these countries or do I need a new passport?

A valid Canadian Passport is required for Canadian traveling to New Zealand. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. You must also be in possession of a return or onward airline ticket, a visa for the next destination (Australia), and proof of sufficient funds (NZ$1,000 per person per month).

For your trip to Australia the passport must be valid. You need to be in possession of a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

For detailed information on the ETA, visit the Web site of the Australian Electronic Travel Authority.


I just submitted my renewal for my Canadian Passport; it does not expire until January. My Nexus card does not expire for another year. While I am waiting for my renewed passport to be returned (my old one is now marked VOID), can I use my Nexus card to travel by land to the U.S.?

Yes you will be able to travel by land using your valid Nexus card.


Does the passport number stay the same every time you renew? Does it stay the same from the child passport to the adult passport?

With every new passport application a new passport number is issued. You do not keep the same passport number from child to adult.


I will be travelling to the United States on Wednesday, and it just became apparent that my passport has been stolen from my car. Is there any type of supplementary document that can be issued as a temporary fix?

If you are traveling by air a valid passport is required.

If you are traveling by land or water an enhanced driver’s licence (EDL), a Nexus or Fast Card is accepted.

As the passport is lost you are required to report this to Passport Canada: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


My dog chewed my passport and i have a flight later this week on Thursday…what is my best option at this point? Will they allow me on the plane with a chewed passport or can I apply for a very fast process?

If the passport is unreadable it is strongly recommended you apply for a new passport. To apply for an emergency passport (24 hours), you would need to apply in person at a Passport Canada Office. Please note as the passport is damaged you could face significant delays or be denied entry at border crossings, or be denied boarding on flights.


My uncle has mental illness and has lost all of his ID? He has also lost his expired passport. How do we go about getting his ID’s and passport so that he can travel? His sisters live across the country and are all willing to take care of him for periods of time but he is not able to travel without ID. He also does not have any medical coverage. I am not even sure how we are going to get that for him. He is a Canadian citizen and has lived in Canada since 1974. At the moment he lives in Toronto.

To apply for a new passport for your uncle he will require;

To apply for a Canadian Passport you require your uncle’s birth certificate and you would need to complete a statutory declaration form.

Please contact Passport Canada for more information.

Regarding all missing ID (and birth certificate if applicable) please contact Service Canada:
Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)


My passport will be expired in Nov 21/2011. Can I still use it if I planned to go to USA early Nov 2011 for 5 days? If I renew my passport now, can I still keep my passport to go to USA until a new one issued to me?

For your travel to the US you can travel with your current passport as long as it is valid for the duration of your trip. If you wish to renew your passport prior to travel this can be done, but you cannot travel until the new passport is issued. You can request the urgent (24 hours) or express service (2-9 days) if you submit your application at a Passport Canada location.


Hi I am getting passports for my two sons. I’m the applier and I have a guarantor. Does the guarantor need a valid passport and how long must they have had it for?

The guarantor must know your son(s) (parent applying for the child’s passport) personally for at least two years and have knowledge of the child. They must also meet the requirements listed in the following pages: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/section2.aspx?lang=eng&region=Canada


I am a Canadian citizen born in Calgary, Alberta. But I live in Hong Kong right now. I lost my birth certificate to apply a new passport. Can your company document help me to apply the passport, please?

Please contact the Consulate General of Canada (China ? Hong Kong) for further assistance:

Address: 13th Floor, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong SAR, China
Postal Address: P.O. Box 11142, Hong Kong SAR China

Tel.: 85 (2) 3719 4700 Fax: 85 (2) 2847 7561
E-Mail: hkong-cs@international.gc.ca
Internet: http://www.hongkong.gc.ca


Have Canadian passport due to expire Aug. 2012, when do I renew it after or before this date?

You can apply for the Simplified Renewal Process anytime now leading up to the expiry date.


Is it correct that as of 2011 passport renewals will be valid for ten years? If so, when does this start?

The new 10-year electronic passport will begin before the end of 2012. No exact date of when you can apply will be announced at a later date.


Hello I recently (weds slept 28) left my passport on my arriving flight to Phx Arizona from Calgary Alberta What are my options to renew in time for my oct 28 return to Calgary Alberta Canada?

You are required to report the loss of the Passport to your nearest Canadian government office which is located in Denver;

Tel.: (303) 626-0640

Due to the emergency of your situation please contact the emergency line:

Toll-free to Ottawa: 1-888-949-9993 or 613-996-8885


We are Canadian citizens and reside in the U.S. on a green card, are we eligible to use the simplified application for our passport renewal. Our passports expired this past August and as this is our 5th or 6th renewal do we need to use the long form?

You would be eligible to use the simplified application as your passport has expired for no more than one year. Please visit Passport Canada (Canadian Living in the US) for a step-by-step guide: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/form.aspx?lang=eng&region=USA


We are renewing our passports. Our son was under 16 years of age when he got his passport and is now 19 years. Which form shall he use now? I used the simplified renewal passport application for my husband’s and my application. Can I use this form for our son as well?

You would need to complete the Adult (16 years of age and over) PPTC 153 for your son. He would not be eligible for the Simplified Renewal Process as ?you must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of your previous application?


I am travelling to Vietnam in less than two weeks and have already purchased a single entry visa to enter Vietnam. I am currently in Canada but my Canadian passport will expire in just over six months. I am considering travelling around Asia but am concerned that I will be turned away due to the limited time left on my current passport. If I renew my Canadian passport now, what will happen to my visa for Vietnam? Will I need to purchase another one? Will it become invalid?

For travel in Vietnam the passport must be valid for at least one month beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. If you plan to travel around Asia, for example Cambodia or Thailand, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into the country.

You can reapply for your Canadian Passport by visiting Passport Canada: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng

When you travel to Vietnam you would need to carry your old passport that shows the Vietnam visa, and your new issued passport.


Do I need a passport to fly from Toronto, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta?

A valid passport is required to travel by air.


What kind of id do you need to fill out the forms to apply to get there passport?

You require at least one document to support your ID and the name to appear in the passport. It must be issued by a federal, provincial, municipal authority, must be valid and must include the bearer’s name and signature, for example; provincial driver’s license, provincial health card or other provincial identification card.


Can I drop my parent’s passport?

They can submit the application. To do this they need to present Identification. If this does not confirm they reside with you, then they should provide a written statement signed by you authorizing your parents to submit your passport application.

Your parents cannot request urgent processing, this will need to be done by your personally.


Will I be able to use my laminate birth certificate from Ontario to obtain a Canadian passport? It was laminated by the Ontario government

A laminated birth certificate, which indicates that the document is “void”, will not be accepted. To replace your certificate please visit Ontario Birth Certificate Information: https://www.orgforms.gov.on.ca/eForms/start.do?lang=en


My passport was expired for just over 2 years and I am 18 years old now, can I still use the simplified adult renewal form to get a new valid passport

You would not be eligible for the ‘simplified Renewal Process?. You would need to submit an Adult Passport Application form (PPTC 153)


I have lost my passport. Have looked everywhere, but cannot find it. I am planning to travel to Hawaii in one week. What should I do?

You need to report the passport lost to Passport Canada (at 1-800-567-6868). You can apply for a new passport (urgently ? 24 hours) at a Passport Canada office. You would need to complete an application form, signed by your guarantor, 2x passport photos, pay the required fee, provide proof of Canadian Citizenship and complete a ‘statutory declaration (PPTC 203)?.


My grandson who is 3 years old (mother is Canadian and father is American) lives in Vermont and has a Canadian passport which is renewable by October 11, 2011. While his passport is being renewed can he still cross the border with his birth certificate alone? Thank you.

If you plan to travel by air a valid passport is required. This requirement applies to all Canadian citizens, regardless of age, including children.

If you plan to travel (between Canada and US) your grandson would be required to provide proof of citizenship. This would either be an original or a copy of a birth certificate, or an original Canadian citizenship card.

Please note if the parents are not traveling you must present a letter giving parental consent for your grandson to travel.


My Canadian Passport expires in Feb 2013. I am traveling to USA and Mexico in Oct for 10 days. Do I have to renew my passport before I leave?

As you are planning to travel to Mexico, you are required to present a valid passport in order to enter and exit the country. Without a valid passport you will be refused entry and returned to Canada.

To request urgent processing (24 hours) for a new Passport please visit a Passport Canada office.


How can I find out whether my children are entitled to Canadian Passports? I am a Canadian citizen but am resident in the UK with dual citizenship. Who and where do I ask about applying for Canadian passports for them (they are UK citizens born in Spain and Belgium respectively).

Please contact the High Commission of Canada located in London to discuss your children’s application:

Tel.: 44 (20) 7258-6600
EEmergency toll-free to Ottawa: 00-800-2326-6831


I am living abroad and was under 16 when I got my passport. Currently it is expired, do I still need a guarantor to get an adult passport?

Yes you do require a guarantor to apply for an adult passport. Please refer to the guidelines (for Canadian Citizens Abroad): http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/section2.aspx?lang=eng&region=international


I am a permanent resident in the US and Canadian citizen. My passport expired 3 days ago and my grandfather died today. I need to travel to Canada. What can I do?

To travel by land or water Canadian Citizens require a valid passport, a Nexus card, a FAST card or an enhanced driver’s license/ enhanced ID card.

If you plan to fly you require a valid passport. If your passport has expired you would need to contact your nearest Government of Canada office in the US (to request Urgent processing).


What passport office is open on Saturday Morning?

Passport Canada offices open Monday to Friday only. For emergency assistance outside business hours please contact

Ottawa: 1-800-267-6788, 613-944-6788


I am traveling to Hawaii from Alberta, Canada in early January for 10 days. My Canadian passport expires in May 2012. Should I renew now, October 3, 2011?

For your forthcoming trip you require a passport, which must be valid until the date of expected departure.

It is recommended you have 6 months validity on your passport for all travel. You can renew your passport now by using the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process. The application form is shorter and no guarantor declaration is necessary.


Live in Dallas, TX. Passport expires Nov 11, 2011. Business travel to the UK scheduled for early November, coming back mid November. Understand that I can fly up to Canada and get processed in 24 hrs at certain locations, but wanted to know if I could get the same processing time in the U.S. (and if so, where – at the Embassy?). Thanks.

Applications must be sent by mail or courier to the Gatineau office in Canada. The average processing time is 20 business days (not including delivery time)

If you require the passport is exceptional circumstances you would need to contact the government of Canada office located in Dallas:

Address: 500 N. Akard Street, Suite 2900, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 75201
Tel.: (214) 922-9806
Fax: (214) 922-9815
E-Mail: dalas@international.gc.ca
Internet: http://www.dallas.gc.ca


I need to go to US I am Canadian citizen but my passport expired can i use another document to go?

If you are entering the United States by land or water, Canadian citizens are required to present either;

A valid passport, A Nexus Card, A Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card or an enhanced driver’s license.

If you plan to fly a valid passport is required.


I am a Canadian resident. I am travelling from Toronto Ontario to Jamaica ocho riu. I am leaving October 11th 2011 until October 18th 2011. My passport expires March 2012. Am I ok or do I have to rush and renew my passport? The trip is already booked.

You need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Jamaica. It is recommended you travel with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. If you would like to renew your passport it can be done requesting the urgent processing service (24 hours) at a Passport Canada office. To makes things quicker you can apply using the ‘simplified Renewal Processing Application?.


I have misplaced my passport and cannot seem to find it, do I have to report it as missing and how hard is it to get another one?

You need to contact Passport Canada (at 1-800-567-6868) to report the circumstances of the loss.

You can then request a replacement passport in person at any Passport Canada office or submit an application by mail or courier.

WWith your application you are required to complete a ‘statutory, declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible Canadian Passport PPTC 203.


How to renew Canadian passport ASAP while living abroad?

For an urgent passport application you would need to contact your nearest Government of Canada office in the country you are located.

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/contact/offices-list_liste-bureaux-eng.asp


I would like to renew my two daughters passports but they were both under 16 years of age at the of issuing the passports. do i need to do the long form or start from scratch on a new application.

Your daughters would need to complete an ?Adult Passport Application form (16 years of age and over)?: PPTC 153.


I am a Canadian citizen who has legal residency in the United States of almost thirty years. Do I need a Canadian passport?

There is no obligation to apply for your Canadian Passport.
If you wish to apply for your Canadian Passport you would then hold Dual Citizenship (be a citizen of another country and still be recognized as Canadian).


My Husbands Passport expired in 2004. Does he need to get a whole new one, or can he just update this one?

Your husband would need to apply using the ?Adult Passport Application form (16 years of age or over) He would not be eligible for the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process as the old passport expired in 2004.


I am a Canadian Citizen currently residing as an expat in Saudi Arabia. My passport is valid and will expire in May 2012. However, I do have a problem. I travel extensively and only have two empty pages remaining in my passport and need a new passport. I will be in Toronto from 2 Nov until the 9 Nov. Could you provide me with a new passport during this period?

To obtain urgent service (24 hours), you must apply in person at a Passport Canada office.
If eligible you would be able to use the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process. The application form is shorter and no guarantor declaration is necessary. Unlike the general application process, applicants applying through the Simplified Renewal Process do not need to submit proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate, citizenship card, etc.) or provide supporting identification.


I have a valid passport that I need to renew in order to be eligible for a visa for travel in the UAE shortly. If I apply for urgent renewal in person at a passport Canada office can they provide me with a new passport the same day?

You can reapply for your Canadian Passport using the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process at a Passport Canada location. You can apply for the urgent service (24 hours), but you may require proof of travel, for example a travel ticket.


My Canadian passport expired in August of 2011. Is it still possible to “renew” my passport or do I have to apply for a new one? If so, what are the necessary documents for the process?

You would be able to use the ‘simplified Renewal Application? process, as your passport has expired for no more than one year. If you are eligible for the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you need only submit a completed Simplified Renewal Passport Application (PPTC 054) accompanied by your most recent passport (must be still valid or expired for less than one year), the required fee and two recent photos.


Can I travel to United States from Canada while receiving odsp?

You will be able to travel to the United States if you are on the Ontario Disability Support Program. To travel to the US you require a valid Canadian Passport.


My son is 17. His passport expires in a few months and he is planning to go travelling this winter. What is the easiest way to renew his passport? Thank you.

Your son would be required to complete the ?Adult Passport Application form (16 years of age or over)
Your son could apply for his new passport now. Please contact Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide.


What is the age requirement when a parent has to secure a passport for a child to enter the United States by automobile?

There is no age restriction on when you can apply for a child passport, however if you are traveling by automobile a passport is not required for Canadian citizens 15 years of age and under.At the border you are required to present proof of citizenship, such as an original or a copy of a birth certificate, or an original Canadian citizenship card.
If only one parent is traveling you will also require written permission from the other parent authorizing the trip. The letter should include addresses and telephone numbers of where the parents or guardian can be reached.


I want to take my kids and grandchildren to Disneyland. My kids are over 18; the grandchildren are under 7 years old. Do the grandchildren need passports?

If you intend to travel by air all party members require a valid passport.
If you are traveling by land or sea your grandchildren require proof of citizenship, such as an original or a copy of a birth certificate, or an original Canadian citizenship card.
You will also require written permission from the parent/guardian authorizing the trip. The letter should include addresses and telephone numbers of where the parents or guardian can be reached.


I’m applying for a Canadian passport for my son aged 15. His father and I divorced 10 years ago. What do I do if I can’t locate his father in order to ask him to sign the “other parent” portion in the application?

As you are the custodial parent you would be able to apply for your son’s passport. When submitting the application you will be required to submit all legal documents that refer to custody of you son. If a divorce has been granted, a copy of the divorce judgement or order must be provided.
If you are not in possession of supporting documents please contact Passport Canada for more assistance:
Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


My husband and I were both born in Scotland and moved to Canada in the late 70’s. We became Canadian citizens a few years later and now travel on Canadian passports. My question is: We wish to obtain British passports again, can we retain our Canadian passports too?

Yes you would be able to hold both citizenships and carry both British and Canadian passports. Canada and the UK accept dual nationality.


My wife and I plan to travel to China in May 2012. Our Canadian passports expire July 27 2012. We are informed that we require a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay in China. Is it possible for us to renew our passports early (say three months) so that we have the renewed passports in time for our trip?

You are correct to say you require 6 months validity on your passport before traveling to China. You must also be in possession of a visa.
You would be able to apply for a new passport, as your current passport has less than 12 months validity remaining.
To make the process easier you may be eligible for the ‘simplified Renewal Passport Application? (PPTC 054). The application form is shorter and no guarantor declaration is necessary. Unlike the general application process, applicants applying through the Simplified Renewal Process do not need to submit proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate, citizenship card, etc.) or provide supporting identification.


My passport expires March 2012 and I will be travelling to the US in November for 1 week. I shouldn’t have to renew it to travel in November should I? Someone told me it needs to be renewed 6 months prior to my travel, from what I read and understand, this is not true, but thought I better email you just to confirm this.

As a Canadian Passport holder traveling to the US you require a valid passport. You do not require 6 months validity.


Hi, where can I go to apply for Canadian passport? (I live in Montreal, more than 10 years)

Please visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide:
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng
Or you can visit the Passport Canada in person at:
Complexe Guy-Favreau
200 Ren‚-L‚vesque Boulevard W., Suite 103, West Tower
Montr‚al QC
Mon?Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


I lost my passport in my mom’s house is there a way to get a new passport within a matter of days since I have already had one previously?

You are required to report the circumstances of the loss to Passport Canada. A request for replacement Passport can be made in Canada at any Passport Canada office.


I lost my Canadian passport it is not stolen was told to go to the local police but they wouldn’t give me anything stating I reported it lost. How do I get a replacement passport? I am currently abroad in us

If your passport is lost you are required to report the circumstances of the loss to the nearest Government of Canada office located in the US. Please find a list of locations below:
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/contact/offices-list_liste-bureaux-eng.asp
Contact the Canadian office for a step-by-step guide for applying for a new passport.
Please note when you submit your application you require also PPTC 203: ?A Statutory declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible Canadian passport? form.


My daughter’s passport expires in Dec 2011. She is 15 now. I am renewing all my families passports now so we can travel in the winter and my daughter is going to Europe with her school in April 2012. My daughter turns age 16 in April 2012 so will her child passport I get now only be good for 5-6 months and then I need to get her an adult passport? Or can she continue to use the child passport for the five years like they do in the UK?

You can apply for your daughter’s passport using the ?Passport application for Canadians under 16 years of age?. Your child would receive a full validity passport with an expiry date of five years from the date of issue, and this will not be subject to any change when she turns 16 years of age. A passport issued to a child has the same format and validity as a passport issued to an adult.


Realized my passport expires this year in 2 weeks, and not a year from now. I am a student living in the UK for the past 2 years and need to renew my passport as soon as possible in order to finish my visa application for a new course I am starting. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!

Please contact the Canadian High Commission in London to apply for your new Canadian Passport.
Tel.: 44 (20) 7258-6600
E-Mail:ldn.consular@international.gc.ca Internet:http://www.UnitedKingdom.gc.ca


My husband and I will be spending two weeks in Mexico at a resort in November 2011 .Our Canadian passports expire in March 2012. Is there a six month requirement of passport validity by Mexico? Will we need to renew our passports before we travel this coming November? Your assistance is appreciated. Thank you.

You are only required to present a valid Canadian passport when you enter and exit Mexico. As you are traveling for tourism purposes a visa is not required.
Please note if you have a criminal record you might be refused entry. If this applies you should contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa prior to traveling.
When you enter Mexico you must be in possession of a tourist card, also called Multiple Migratory Form for Foreigners (FMM). This document is provided by airlines or by immigration authorities at the country’s points of entry. If you enter Mexico by land, it is your responsibility to stop at the immigration facility located at the border.


I have not been able to locate my passport, last used on July 19/2011. I need to replace urgent for leaving to the United States 2 days. Please help I am willing to do whatever to get it in time. Thank-you

If your passport is lost you are required to report the circumstances of the loss to Passport Canada. A request for a replacement passport can be made in Canada at any Passport Canada office.
To get your passport urgently (24 hours), you must apply in person at a Passport Canada office. You will be required to provide proof of travel. Please note Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by case basis.
When you submit your application you require PPTC 203: ?A Statutory declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible Canadian passport? form.


How do I get a passport I don’t know anyone who has known me for 2 years I just moved here I have no friends or family. I was born here in Canada please help.

You would need to complete Form PPT 132, “Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor”. This form must be completed and signed before a Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace or another official who is qualified to administer the oath. In this instance, it is not necessary for the official to know the applicant personally.
The form is available from any Passport Canada office or telephone: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


It says to not sign back of photo, but there is a line for a signature….I just want to confirm that neither I nor a guarantor have to sign back of photo.

One photo must be signed by a guarantor as a true likeness of you; unless the passport application is being made through the Simplified Renewal Application Process (then the new photos do not need to be signed by anyone. However, the name and address of the photographer or studio, as well as the date the photos were taken, must be provided on the back of one photo).


If I get a passport now will I have to get a new electronic one late next year or is that only for government officials?

If you decide to apply for your new passport in 2011 it will be issued for 5 years. The new epassport will be issued in 2012 which will give Canadians the option to apply for either a 5 year or 10 year passport.

If you apply for a passport in 2011 you do not need to reapply for the new epassport.


How do I go about applying for a Canadian passport if I was born in Quebec and I have been living in Ontario for the past 25 years? Ontario passport office tells me I have to apply in Quebec if I came here before 1994.

You can apply for your Canadian Passport at any ?Passport Canada? location in Canada or submit your details by mail or courier.

When you apply for the passport you must submit proof of Citizenship (a Canadian birth certificate or a certificate of citizenship).

As you were born in the province of Quebec you must submit only a birth certificate or a copy of an act of birth issued after January 1, 1994, by the Director de l’‚tat civil of Quebec or a certificate of Canadian citizenship are accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
Please contact the Director de l’‚tat civil of Quebec to obtain ?A certificate or a copy of an act of birth?
http://www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca/en/contact-us.html
Telephone: Quebec: 418-644-4545 or email: etatcivil@dec.gouv.qc.ca


HI there, can I travel to Spain (at the end of Sept-Oct) with my Canadian passport that will expire in Feb 2012? Or will I have to renew it?

When you travel to Spain, the passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. You must also have proof of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay and be in possession of an onward or return ticket.
If you do not meet the three month timeline you would need to renew your passport prior to travel. Please contact Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide.


How can I renew my Canadian Passport outside of Canada in Vietnam?

Please contact the nearest Passport Issuing office in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to find out how to submit an application.
Embassy of Canada located in Hanoi (Tel.: 84 (4) 3734-5000)
Ho Chi Minh City (Tel.: 84 (8) 3827-9899)


How much does it cost to renew passport for 5 years and the 10 year option?

The current fee to apply for a 5 year passport is 24 pages C$87 or 48 pages C$92. Please note postal fees are not included in these fees.
The cost of the new epassport (that will be launched in 2012) is yet to be decided. Please note when this new epassport is issued you will have the option to apply for a 5 year or 10 year passport


What will the cost of a ten year passport be in 2012?

The cost of the new passports is yet to be decided. When new ePassport is launched Canadians will have the choice of the current five-year passport or one that is valid for 10 years?


How long before a passport is expired may I apply for a renewal? I understand that some Embassies require at least six months remaining on your ppt if one is applying for a visitor’s visa? My ppt expires in March 2012 and it would be appreciated to know when I can submit my application for a renewal. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

You can renew your passport anytime leading up to March 2012. If you are eligible you can apply using the ‘simplified Renewal Application Process. When you apply you must submit your recent passport (must be still valid or expired for less than one year).
If you are planning to travel within the next few month please confirm what the entry requirements are for that specific country. You are correct in saying some countries require 6 months validity on your passport for border entry or for visa issuance purposes.


Do I have to change my home address?

A change of address does not invalidate a passport. Please cross out the old address on page 4 and write the new one in the space above the old address. Do not use correction fluid. If the space in the passport is insufficient, write the new information on a separate piece of paper and insert it into the passport.


My passport was about to expire October 1 2011 so I mailed it in from Tucson on September 16th along with the renewal forms. I am scheduled to leave for Bali from Hawaii on Oct 18 2011 is there anything I can do to at this point to assure I have my new passport in time?

Due to the urgency we recommend you contact Passport Canada to track the status of your application:
Telephone outside Canada and the United States: 819-997-8338
Or you can track the application if it was sent by registered mail or courier:
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/localisation.aspx?lang=eng
Or you can request the status of your application below:
https://www.pptc.gc.ca/service/contact/stat.aspx?lang=eng Please note average the average processing time is 20 business days (this does not take into account the delivery times).


I had our passports stolen six years ago. Can I use the simple form for renewal?

No. Confirmation of what happened to the previous passport requires additional information and documentation. You are required to apply through the regular application process to obtain a replacement passport.


My son is now 16 and needs to renew his Canadian passport. Which form does he use?

Your son is required to complete the ?Adult General Passport Application for Canadians 16 years of age or over:PPTC 153


How long before should I apply for a renewal? My current passport expires on Aug.2012.How long is the new passport for?

You can renew your passport anytime leading up to August 2012. If you are eligible you can apply using the ‘simplified Renewal Application Process. When you apply you must submit your recent passport (must be still valid or expired for less than one year). Passports are currently valid for 5 years for adults 16 years of age and over.


From Gravenhurst Ontario, how and where do I get an expedited passport renewal to travel to Italy Sept 16/11? thank you lnneknowles@sympatico.ca

Your local branch is Orillia and Barrie, but they do not accept urgent and express applications.

To process an urgent application, you need to submit your application at a Passport Canada office. The nearest is in Toronto.

Contact Passport Canada for more information: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


I have booked a flight to England on Sept.15 2011.My passport expires in March 2012.I am presuming my passport is valid,but some one told me I should check.HELP!

You will be able to travel on your Canadian Passport to the UK. Please note the passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay. Please note as a tourist you will not require a visa if staying less than six months.


For a Canadian passport that is damaged, who has to witness your signature on the Statutory Declaration? Can it be an accountant?

The guarantor must be someone who has known you personally for at least two years and can verify your identity.

Your guarantor must be a Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older and must hold a valid five-year Canadian passport or a Canadian passport that has been expired for less than one year at the time you submit your passport application. The guarantor can be a member of your own family. The guarantor must be accessible to Passport Canada for verification purposes, and Passport Canada reserves the right to request a different guarantor.


My passport expired May 4 2010. Does this mean I cannot use the simplified renewal form since this is now Aug, 2011?

That is correct you cannot apply for the simplified renewal process as the passport has been expired for more than 1 year. You would need to reapply using the ?Adult Passport Application form (16 years of age and over).


We have the short form/wallet size canadian birth certificate. Is this sufficient to apply for my first Canadian Passport or will I need to send for the long form Birth Certificate?

Each state’s short form birth certificates are different. The requirements are that it shows your name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, mother’s name, father’s name (if available), certificate or file number, and date filed. As long as you?re short form includes all of that information, it will be accepted.

Only documents entitled “Birth Certificate” or “Certificate of Birth” issued by a provincial/territorial authority in Canada are accepted.


My father was born in Canada. Am I eligable for a Canadian Passport? I am an Australian Citizen.

Since 1977, Canadian citizens have been allowed to hold dual nationality. If you were born (as the first generation born) in Australia after February 14, 1977, and your father can show he was a Canadian citizen BEFORE you were born, you should not have any problems getting a Canadian passport. You will need an original of your Dad’s Canadian Certificate of Citizenship and YOUR birth certificate from your home State in Australia. You will require a supporting letter from your mother, stating that she gave birth to you, where and when.

You will need to be registered with the Canadian embassy and you must apply for a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship for a child born outside Canada. This is required as your proof of citizenship when applying for your Canadian Passport.

Please contact the high commission of Canada in Canberra or Sydney for further information:

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/australia-australie/contact-contactez.aspx?lang=eng&view=d


I live in Brazil, my canadian passport is expired and I need to renew it soon. How do I proceed?

If you are a Canadian citizen residing in Brazil, you should apply at the nearest nearest Canadian government office abroad either located:

Brazil – BELO HORIZONTE
Brazil – BRASILIA
Brazil – RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil – SÇO PAULO


I am 30 years old with an expired Canadian passport (over 5 years) living in Israel. What forms and documents do I need to complete this?

Please visit Passport Canada for the required application form:
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/form/pdfs/pptc040.pdf
Please contact the Canadian Embassy in TEL AVIV before submitting your application. Contact details are:

Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – TEL AVIV
Embassy of Canada
Address: 1 Nirim Street, Entrance A, 4th Floor, Tel Aviv 67060, Israel
Postal Address: P.O. Box 9442, Tel Aviv, 67060, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
Tel.: 972 (3) 636-3300
Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 014-800-2326-6831
Fax: 972 (3) 636-3383
E-Mail: :taviv@international.gc.ca
Internet:: http://www.israel.gc.ca

My passport expires 1 day after I return. Can I still use it?

You would be able to travel back into Canada on a Canadian passport; however some countries require your passport be valid for six months beyond your date of entry. For that reason, before travelling to a country, ensure that your passport will be valid long enough by contacting the consular mission of the country you plan to visit or check the Country Travel Report.

It is recommended that your passport be valid beyond your expected date of return home.

To avoid difficulties while travelling, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before leaving if there is any chance that your passport could expire during your travels.


If you have been charged with a DUI. Can you still get your passport?

The Canadian government can refuse to issue a passport to a person who has been charged with a serious criminal offense (for example; kidnapping), a past or pending DUI charge will not ordinarily result in the denial of a passport, however if you are on probation or are charged with an offence and are awaiting trial, you should wait until after the probation has ended or the trial is over to apply for your passport. Also if you have any restrictions for traveling outside of Canada, you will not be able to apply.
If none of the above applies complete the passport application form located on Passport Canada website:
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/form.aspx?lang=eng©ion=Canada

When you submit your application (by mail or in person), include a copy of your criminal record.You will receive a written decision by mail regarding the status of your application that will alert you to any decision by Passport Canada to launch an investigation to determine if your criminal past bars you from being issued a passport.


After giving birth to my child i wanna travel so I want to take the birth certificate and the passport as soon as possible what is the limited time to take it in how many business days ?

You will need to arrange the proper documentation before your baby can travel. Firstly you must register the birth of your child before you can apply for a birth certificate.

The Newborn Registration Service lets you register your newborn’s birth; apply for their birth certificate and their Social Insurance Number (SIN) at the same time. Time frame is on average 4 weeks.

Once you have the birth certificate, you can apply for your child’s passport. The easiest way to do this is to download a child’s passport application from the Passport Canada website . Then submit the completed application along with two passport photographs, a fee, and your baby’s original proof of Canadian citizenship ? a birth certificate or a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. You can submit an application in person or send it in by mail. The quickest way to get a passport is to apply in person at a Passport Canada office. If you are able to provide proof of travel you can get the passport as quickly as 24hours. Otherwise the normal processing time is 10-20 working days after submission of a fully completed application with supporting documentation.


Hi,I am holding a canadian passport, my passport has been expired now i want to renew my passport and i am living in Pakistan please help me from where do i get the renewal form and what is the amount?

You would need to submit your application at the nearest Canadian government office that provides passport services in Pakistan. For a list of Canadian government offices visit www.passportcanada.gc.ca
Or contact the high commission of Canada in Islamabad for more information:

Pakistan-Islamabad
High Commission of Canada
Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Sector G-5, Islamabad, Pakistan
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1042, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel.: 92 (51) 208-6000
Fax: 92 (51) 208-6902
E-Mail: isbad-cs@international.gc.ca
Internet:http://www.pakistan.gc.ca

Please note there is a ?Consulate of Canada? on Karachi and Lahore


I’m getting married in a few weeks time. What is the procedure for passports if one changes their name from the maiden name to the married name?

To obtain a passport in your married surname, you must complete an Adult General Passport Application PPTC 153 You must provide acceptable supporting identification in your married name (marriage certificate). Documents to support your identity must be valid, must be issued by a federal, provincial/territorial/state or municipal authority, and must include the bearer’s name and signature. On the application it will ask if you want the passport issued in your spousal surname (last name).You must provide information about your marriage, including year of marriage.

Visit Passport Canada to start your application: :http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng


Hi, my passport has expired and i am in Florida. My father died and I need to travel to Canada for his funeral, how can I get my passport right away?

To apply for a passport, visit Passport Canada’s website Passport Canada’s website and fill out an interactive application form. You may also print out the form and fill it out by hand. Application forms may also be obtained in person at any Government of Canada office in the United States.

The average processing time is 20 business days. Due to your circumstances it is recommended you contact your local office Miami:

United States – MIAMI
Consulate General of Canada
Address: 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600, Miami, Florida, U.S.A., 33131
Tel.:(305) 579-1600
Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 1-888-949-9993
Fax:(305) 374-6774
E-Mail:miami@international.gc.ca
Internet: http://www.miami.gc.ca


I travel quite frequently and I am out of pages in my passport. I am currently out of the country, but plan on returning to Toronto on Mon. Aug. 22. To my understanding, I can no longer add pages to my existing passport, which is valid for another year. I have to apply for a new passport, is this correct? And what is the turnaround time? I have a flight booked to leave Canada again on the 26th. If I drop off my application on the 22nd, can I pay for an express service to have my new passport in my hands by the 26th???

It is not possible to add pages to Canadian passports. An applicant who has a valid passport in which the pages have become filled must apply for a new passport.

As your passport is still valid you could be eligible for the Simplified Renewal Passport Application (PPTC 054). The application form is shorter and no guarantor declaration is necessary.

You can request the urgent pick-up service (24 hours). To do this you must submit your completed Passport application in person at a Passport Canada office . You may be required to provide proof of travel. Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Passport Canada for more information: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


Passport office in the montreal area

If you wish to apply in person in Montreal please visit:
Passport Canada
Complexe Guy-Favreau
200 Ren‚-L‚vesque Boulevard W., Suite 103, West Tower
Montr‚al QC
Mon?Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


My passport expires in Nov and I’m going to fly to Cuba between July 18-July 27. The requirement to go to Cuba is the passport must be valid atleast 1 month prior to departure date. Will my passport be valid to use or do I have to renew?

A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Cuba. The passport must be valid for at least one month beyond the date of your expected departure from Cuba. Canadians must also carry a tourist card (or visa), or a business or student visa. The tourist card is generally provided by tour operators or airlines, or can be obtained from a Cuban government office in Canada in the case of privately organized flights. It can also be purchased at certain airports in Canada.

As you are traveling back into Canada on 27th July, your passport is valid.

You can apply for a passport within 24hours or within the next working day (depending on the emergency reason). To do this you need to apply in person to make the application at a Passport Canada office (search: service locations at this site).

Proof of travel is required and the passport must be picked up from the regional office where the application was submitted. The fee for express pickup service is CDN$70 (in addition to the passport fee).


I have a five month old daughter and we have a family emergency and i need to get her passport.How long after applying does it take to get the passport?

You will need to arrange the proper documentation before your baby can travel. Firstly you must register the birth of your child before you can apply for a birth certificate.

Once you have the birth certificate, you can apply for your child’s passport. The easiest way to do this is to download a child’s passport application from the Passport Canada website

The quickest way to get a passport is to apply in person at a Passport Canada office. If you are able to provide proof of travel you can get the passport as quickly as 24hours. Otherwise the normal processing time is 10-20 working days after submission of a fully completed application with supporting documentation.


Do i need my birth certificate to renew my son’s passport or will the old one do?

To renew your sons passport (if aged under 16 years), you must submit a new application in full to Passport Canada.

The application form should be completed in full and returned to a Passport Canada office, together with original proof of Canadian citizenship, two photographs and the fee.

Please visit Passport Canada: Passports for Children for more information and the required application form:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/16-.aspx


Do the photos have to be exactly 2 x 2 3/4?

The photos must measure 50 mm x 70 mm in size (2 in. wide x 2 3/4 in. high).

Your passport application will be rejected if your photos do not meet the specifications. Please visit Passport Canada for detailed information on the photo specifications:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/form/pdfs/pptc153.pdf


Where are the passport offices in Mississauga, Ontario?

The Passport Canada office location in Mississauga is:

Central Parkway Mall
377 Burnhamthorpe Road East, 2nd Floor, Suite 116
Mississauga ON
Mon?Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Language of service: English


I currently live in Toronto, and I am flying to Florida from Buffalo on July 1st, returning from Florida to Buffalo on July 4th, 2011. My passport expires on July 4th, 2011. Will I have a problem flying or returning back to Canada since my passport expires on the day I am returning?

No, as long as the passport is valid the day you return to Canada

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/support/faq.aspx?lang=eng&id=1102


Where can I pick up the simplified forms besides the passport office?

In Canada you may obtain a form in person at any Passport Canada office , Canada Post outlet or Service Canada Centre

If you are located in the US you may obtain the required form in person at any Canadian Government office in the United States.


Was wondering how old does a child have to be to apply for a Canadian passport?

Every person who plans to travel outside of Canada requires a passport; this includes new-born babies upwards, there is no age restriction.


Where can I pick up a renewal passport application form in Windsor Ontario?

The address is:
Passport Canada
CIBC Building
100 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 503
Windsor ON
Mon?Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


Can I go in person to apply for passport renewal for my husband?

You can submit the application on behalf of your husband provided;

You show ID that confirms you live together and show documentation to show you are his spouse.

Please note you would not be able to apply for the urgent/ express-service. Only normal processing can be applied for. If you husband needs it urgently he will have to submit his own application.


My kids and I are canadian citizens, we are in india right now. My daughter’s passport is expiring on 30th of august and our return ticket is booked for the 11th of sept. can you please guide me?

You need to contact the nearest Canadian diplomatic or consular mission to apply for a new passport located in India:

High Commission of Canada ? New Delhi
Address: 7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India 110021, India
Postal Address: P.O. Box 5207, New Delhi, India, 110021India
Tel.: 91 (11) 4178-2000
Fax: 91 (11) 4178-2041
E-Mail:delhi.consular@international.gc.ca
Internet:http://www.india.gc.ca

Please note other High Commission of Canada locations include Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Chandigarh).


I have recently married and am changing my name. I would like to apply for a new canadian passport with my married name however, my proof of canadian citizenship (card) is still in my former name; is the citizenship card still a valid proof of citizenship?

To obtain a passport in your married surname, you must complete an application PPTC 153 and write the name you want to appear in the passport. If this name is different from the name on your documentary evidence of citizenship, you need to provide acceptable supporting identification in your married name (Marriage Certificate).


Can children under 15 years old cross the US border without passport?

As a Canadian Citizen traveling either by land or water, Children under 18 must present proof of citizenship and identity (for example; a birth certificate). If travelling by air, a valid passport is required.


I applyed by mail to renew my passport on July 18,2011. I reside in Florida.When Can i expect my renewed passport. Leon Ruttenberg

The standard processing time is 20 business days (not including postal delivery times).

Please note Standard times for processing passport applications fluctuate depending on where you apply, the time of year and the volume of applications.

You can track the status of your application by following the link:

https://www.pptc.gc.ca/service/contact/stat.aspx?lang=eng


I am a Candian citizen living in Washington State. I lost my passport and need to replace it. I have the Statutory declaration form but when I went to my bank to have them notarize the declaration of official. They said it had to be done at the consultate. The local consultate doesn’t answer phones. Who can fill out that part? I need to get this processed as quickly as I can.

You would need to get the ‘statutory Declaration? signed by a qualified official who has the authority to administer an oath or solemn declaration, for example; a commissioner for oaths, notary public or lawyer. As you are in the US, a qualified official includes a Canadian or British diplomatic or consular representative, or a qualified local official.

For Canadians residing in the US (whether temporarily or permanently), the only ways to renew or apply for a new passport are to either mail the application to Canada, or to travel to Canada in order to apply in person. However, if you apply by mail, please be advised it may take up to 6 weeks to get a new passport, provided everything is right with the application.


How many months do i have to apply for a new passport before the old one expires?

New passports can be applied for up to one year prior to their expiry.

Please visit Passport Canada:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng


Hi,I’m a Canadian citizen since both my parents are Canadian and hold Canadian passports. I was born and have grown up in Sweden. I have a Canadian adress as well but am not currently living there. Can I/How do I apply for a Canadian passport? I have a Swedish passport and a “Certificate of Canadian Citizenship” issued in 2005. I haven’t yet turned 18 but will do so this November, if that will make any difference, only you can tell me.

Please contact the high commission of Canada in Stockholm for further information:

Canadian Embassy – Stockholm, Sweden
Klarabergsgatan 23, 6th floor
103 23 Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 (8) 453-3000
Fax: 46 (8) 453-3016


When you renew your passport does passport canada keep the expired one?

If you apply using the general passport application, you do not need to return an expired passport.

If you are applying for the Simplified Passport Renewal Process you must enclose any Canadian passport issued to you within the last 6 years.

If you would like the cancelled passport returned to you, you must indicate this on the application form (section 2). Failure to indicate your choice will result in Passport Canada securely destroying the submitted passport.

Please visit Passport Canada for the required application forms:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng


How fast can a passport be renewed if existing passport is still valid? Where do you go in Calgary to get this urgent passport renewal done?

New passports can be applied for up to one year prior to their expiry. Please note that if you apply for a passport within that period, the unused validity period on your old passport will not be transferred to your new passport.

If a passport is needed in an emergency, in-person application can be made at a Regional Passport Canada office in Canada. You would need to provide prove of urgency and pay an additional fee. You must appear in person both to drop off the application and collect the passport.

Please visit Passport Canada (Service Locations ? Calgary) for the nearest office to you.

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/offices.aspx?lang=eng&city=Calgary&province=AB&chkPPTC=on&chkSCC=on&graph=on


Can you have “Dual” citizenship? Canadian and American?

Both Canada and the U.S. recognize dual citizenship.

Verification of becoming dual citizen begins by contacting the following representatives of each country in question. You must provide personal information, such as place and date of birth, citizenship of parents, immigration details, etc. If the information is not sufficient then further information in regard to parents, as well as spouse and grandparents may have to be provided.

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/publications/dual-citizenship_double-citoyennete-eng.asp

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1753.html


Where to go in Montreal for renewal of passports?

Visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide. Please note you can apply in person at the Passport Canada location in Montreal. When you submit the application you have to have a guarantor and references. You have to get passport pictures taken and your guarantor has to verify them. This website should get you started.

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx

The Montreal Passport Canada Location/Office is the “Real-Deal” PASSPORT CANADA type of office.

Passport Canada
Complexe Guy-Favreau
200 Ren‚-L‚vesque Boulevard W., Suite 103, West Tower
Montr‚al QC
Mon?Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Can i use a short form birth certificate to apply for a new passport?

Only documents entitled “Birth Certificate” or “Certificate of Birth” issued by a provincial/territorial authority in Canada are accepted. As long as you are over 16 applying for an adult passport, the short form is accepted. Applicants under 16 need the long form certificate.


I intend to travel Aug 31 to Sept 4th. My Passport expires on September 6th . Is there any problem with travelling with a passport that is about to expire?

You would be able to travel with your current passport, however depending on where you are visiting you may need to have a valid passport for 6 months. Please check on the entry requirements of the country you intend to visit.


My daughter got her first passport when she was under 16 years of age, now she is over 18, what type of form must she use to renew her passport?

Your daughter would need to complete an Adult Passport Application form (16 years of age or over):PPTC 153


After mailing in my renewal, how long can I expect to wait until I receive my renewed passport?

The current processing time is 4 WEEKS from the date the application was received at Passport Canada if you submitted a complete and correct application. When the passport is ready it is returned to you by overnight courier. Someone must be available to sign for the passport. If you are not at home, the courier company will notify you to contact them so that other arrangements will be made to safely deliver the passport to you.


How long would it take to get a passport for a 16 year old?

You can either submit the application in person at a http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/index.aspx?lang=eng , or by mail.

The process takes 10-20 business days.

If you require the passport sooner you can apply for urgent (24 hours) and express pick-up (2-9 business days), you may be required to provide proof of travel. Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis.

Visit www.passportcanada.gc.ca


I need to renew my Canadian passport. It expired several years ago as I currently live in the UK and has travelled on my British passport recently. I was born in Canada and wish to renew my Canadian passport from the UK. Can you help advise me how I need to proceed?

Full consular and passport services are provided at the Canadian High Commission in London.

The application process is the same whether you are applying for a first passport or renewing your existing or expired passport. Canadians living in the UK and abroad are not eligible for the simplified passport renewal program.

Please contact the Government of Canada office in London either by telephone or email to start the process.


Enhanced driver’s license. Can you use this to cross into the USA

As a Canadian Passport holder you would need either a passport or Nexus card when travelling to the US by air.

For travel by land or water, An enhanced driver’s licence (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) from a province or territory where a U.S.-approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented is accepted

Canadian citizens 15 years of age and under require proof of citizenship, such as an original or a copy of a birth certificate, or an original Canadian citizenship card. Canadian citizens 18 years of age and under who are travelling with a school or other organized group, under adult supervision with parental/guardian consent may also present proof of citizenship alone.

The most important formality on entering the United States is providing proof of your Canadian citizenship. Your Canadian passport is the best document to prove your Canadian citizenship and your right to return to Canada.


My passport will be expire on 29 March 2012, when do I need to renew my passport? I will be going to China on September 12 and will return to Canada on October 17 and I will be going to China again on November 29 for 4 weeks. I will be in Canada on December 26 2011. Is it my existing passport still valid for both trips? Where shall I go to get the application form for renewal my passport? And where shall I go to submit my application? I live in Vancouver (Postal Code: V5W 1K3), where is the closest passport office from my house? Alternatively, will there be any other goverment agents handling the passport renewal? Many thanks!

A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit China. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. Canadians must also be in possession of a visa. Your trip for October would be ok; however you would need to re-new in time for your trip in November.

To make things easier you could apply (if eligible) using the Simplified Renewal Passport Application (PPTC 054).With this application you must provide your most recent passport (must be still valid or expired for less than one year), the required fee and two recent photos*

With the Simplified renewal application you are not required to submit proof of Canadian citizenship, supplementary identification or obtain the signature of a guarantor.

You would be able to submit your application by post or in person at a Passport Canada office.

The average processing time is 10-20 business days. You can request an urgent pick-up (24 hours), you may be required to provide proof of travel (for example; plane or bus ticket). Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis. For this service you must apply in person at a Passport Canada office


My Passport is expired on Oct 13/2011 & I am planning on travelling to Mexico on Sept 3/2011-Sept 10. I was told by the Canadian passport office that if my departure date is 1 month prior before the expiry date then it should be okay for Mexico. Do I need to call the Mexico Consulate to confirm. I do intend to get my passport renewed however I am afraid that I may not get it on time.

All Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Mexico. Canadian citizens without a valid passport will not be allowed entry into Mexico and will be returned to Canada.

To apply for a new Canadian passport the average processing time is 15-20 business days. You can request an urgent pick-up (24 hours), you may be required to provide proof of travel (for example; plane or bus ticket). Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis. For this service you must apply in person at a http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/index.aspx?lang=eng


Do I have to apply in person for my first Canadian passport?

You can submit your application either by mail or in person at a Passport Canada office.

If you are submitting your application in person, you should do so yourself. If this is not possible, the application may be submitted in person by an acceptable third party


For passport renewal, how is back of photo signed? Name printed and then signature?

For Canadian Passport renewal one photo must be signed by a guarantor as a true likeness of you, unless the passport application is being made through the Simplified Renewal Application Process. If that is the case, no guarantor is necessary. A notary seal must not be imprinted on the photos.

Please refer to Passport Canada Photo guideline sheet:
http://www.ppt.gc.ca/form/pdfs/pptc320_eng.pdf


Every site I goes to tells me about simplified passport renewals and that my daughter can’t use this system because she was under 16 for her original passport – nowhere does it tell me what is required when the simplified renewal can’t be used. Please tell me.

As per Passport Canada guidelines to be eligible for the simplified renewal application ?you must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of your previous application.

To apply for a new passport you would need to complete the ?Adult Passport Application form (16 years and over)?PPTC 153.

If your daughter is under 16 years you require the following application: PPTC 155.

Visit:http://www.passportcanada.gc.ca/index.aspx?lang=eng


My son is in Spain. His passport is not expired but the pages with all the travel stamps has been made unreadable by water damage. He is planning to go to India, so feels he surely needs a new passport for least confusion. Also he asked me, in renewing his passport, does he need a new guarantor? Thanks Look forward to hearing from you.

Your son is correct in applying for a new Canadian Passport if it is unreadable.

If you son is over 16 years he will need to complete the Adult Passport Application (Abroad) PPTC 040. The application needs to be submitted at the nearest Canadian government office where your son in located in Spain (Barcelona, Malaga or Madrid).

Spain – BARCELONA
Consulate of Canada
Address: Pla‡a de Catalunya, 9, 1§, 2¦ – 08002, Barcelona,Spain
Tel.: 34 934 127 236
Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 00-800-2326-6831
Fax: 34 933 170 541
E-Mail:bclna@international.gc.ca

A guarantor is required to sign the application (someone known to your son personally for at least 2 years). If this cannot be provided a ‘statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor? form PPTC 132 needs to be completed.

If the valid passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or is inaccessible, complete a “Statutory Declaration” form PPTC 203.

It is recommended you either contact Passport Canada (Toll free: 1-800-567-6868 Canada) for more information before submitting.


Can I get a passport in the same day anywhere in Ontario?

For urgent (24 hours) and express pick-up (2-9 business days), you may be required to provide proof of travel. Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis.

Passport Canada Service Locations Ontario:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/service/offices.aspx?lang=eng&province=ON&graph=on&chkPPTC=on


I will be travelling to the United States in April 2012 with my grandson who is 14 years old and was born in Canada. He does have a birth certificate and passport, but I heard that as of December 1, 2011, he will require the long form to be filled due to security. Do we have to re-apply for a new birth certificate? I will also have a letter from his parents giving authorization for him to travel with us. Thank you Odette Morin

When applying for a child’s Canadian passport, Effective December 1, 2011, along with standard application requirements, parents or legal guardians must provide either:
A detailed birth certificate
A certified copy of birth registration (Ontario only)
Order of adoption,
A foreign birth certificate
A Copy of an act of birth (original only) issued after January 1, 1994, by the Directeur de l?‚tat civil of Quebec is also accepted for a child born in Quebec.

As the Passport is currently valid, you will be able to travel, however it is essential you carry a consent letter from his parents.

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/consent-letter_lettre-consentement-eng.asp


I am living in the Edgewood, Maryland near Washington DC. I am a Canadian citizen who have married a US citizen. I have moved to the USA and have obtain a United States of America Visa. My Canadian passport is about to expire on August 21, 2011. I have also changed my last name. Do I have to come to Canada to have my passport renewed? What is the turn around time to receive my renewed passport? What is the cost? Can I apply after the expiration date in Canada?

To apply for a passport, visit visit Passport Canada’s website and fill out an interactive application form. You may also print out the form and fill it out by hand. Application forms may also be obtained in person at any Government of Canada office in the United States.

Applicants who have changed their name cannot have a passport issued in their new name through the Simplified Passport Renewal Process. You must apply for a new passport (Adult General Passport Application PPTC 153)

You must submit an application form, completed in full, proof of Canadian Citizenship,supporting identification in your married name/ legal name, 2x photos (one of which is signed by the guarantor), required fees.

The application must be sent to the Gatineau office in Canada. For further instructions on submitting and the fees please visit Passport Canada: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/presentation.aspx?lang=eng©ion=USA


Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, New Brunswick-Ontario

Failure to provide the proper documentation will result in the application being rejected.

Birth certificates are available from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the province or territory of your birth. For more information on how to obtain a birth certificate, contact your Canadian vital statistics office.

Contact Passport Canada for further information: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868.


Can I get a canadian passport without a canadian birth certificate?

To apply for a Canadian Passport, you require proof of citizenship. You must provide an original of either:

A Canadian birth certificate (issued in Canada by the province or territory of your birth), or

A Certificate of citizenship: Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Exceptions to the above apply if you were born in:


How do I renew my Canadian passport from the USA?

To apply for a passport, visit Passport Canada’s website and fill out an interactive application form. You may also print out the form and fill it out by hand. Application forms may also be obtained in person at any Government of Canada office in the United States.

The Canadian passport is the most reliable travel document for Canadian citizens and the only proof of your nationality and identity that is accepted in all countries. For more information, please visit www.passport.gc.ca.


As a first time passport applicant, does my guarantor need to be a professional?

A guarantor is a person other than yourself who confirms your identity. They must:

Hold a five-year Canadian passport that is valid* or has been expired for no more than one year, on the day you submit your application;

The person must have known you personally for at least two (2) years.
Be a Canadian citizen 18 years of age or older;
Have been 16 years of age or older when he or she applied for his or her own passport;
Provide the requested information contained in his or her passport;
Be accessible to Passport Canada for verification

Reside in Canada, in the United States or in any of the areas where submission of the “in Canada and in the USA” application form is authorized, e.g.: Bermuda. It is not necessary that the guarantor reside in the same country as the applicant.

Please note a family member or any individual residing at your address may be your guarantor provided he or she meets the specified requirements outlined above.


My Canadian passport just expired. I have been divorced for several years and my passport was previously in my married name. I have since changed back to my maiden name and my driver’s license reflects this as does my birth certificate. Can I use the simplified passport application? My son’s passport also just expired which was under his father’s name. I have legally changed his name to my maiden name. I assume that he can not use the simplified passport application.

You must apply for a new passport (Adult General Passport Application). You would not qualify for the ‘simplified Renewal Application Process? due to your name change request. On your application you must provide at least one valid government-issued ID with your new name request and signature, for example a Provincial/territorial/state driver’s licence

If your son is under 16 years of age, you must use the “Child General Passport Application” form PPTC 155 and, if applicable, ensure that all documents regarding custody or mobility of, or access to the child are submitted.

Please visit Passport Canada for more information or call direct: Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


I live in Republic of Ireland. I am a Canadian citizen and will require to have my Passport renewed while in Ireland. where and how do I get an application form for my new Passport???

Please visit Passport Canada for the required application form:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/form/pdfs/pptc040.pdf

Please contact the Canadian Embassy in Dublin before submitting your application. Contact details are:

Ireland ? Dublin
Embassy of Canada
Address: 7-8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel.: 353 (1) 234-4000
Fax: 353 (1) 234-4001
E-Mail:consul.dublin@international.gc.ca
Internet http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/


Hello What the requirements to issue Canadian Passport for a new born outside Canada, please?

You need to first apply for the child’s proof of Canadian citizenship by submitting a citizenship application for your child. Please refer to the Citizenship FAQs for how to apply for it, or visit the following link Proof of citizenship: How to apply for the application form. Only after your child receives his/her proof of citizenship can you apply for his/her Canadian passport (follow the step-by-step application from the Passport Canada website)


Hi, what the requirement to renew canadian passport for 6 years old child from outside canada and what the application form number need to fill? Thanks

The easiest way to do this is to download a child’s passport application from the Passport Canada website

Follow the step-by-step guide for Canadians Abroad. Please submit the child’s application at the nearest Canadian government office that provides passport services in the country where you reside or are visiting. For a list of Canadian government offices abroad, visit: www.passportcanada.gc.ca or consult your local telephone directory.


I have a Canadian issued passport that expired in 2004. I live in the US (for 11 years). I have married a US citizen and have changed my name to my married name. What documents do I need to send in to renew my passport? Where do I send them? How long does it take?

Please refer to Passport Canada’s website ? Passport Canada for more details concerning the change of name on your Canadian documents. From the home page, click on the ‘step by Step Guide for Canadians?, on the left side drop down menu. From there, click on ?Personal Information? to read about name changes.

Please note you must apply for a new passport and pay the applicable fees and provide acceptable supporting identification in your married name. You may be requested to submit your marriage certificate in support of your request to have a passport issued in your married surname.


How can I expedite the process of the issuance of Canadian Citizenship Card for a child born outside Canada to a Canadian mother, I was told the office is in Nova Scotia, but I am not sure?

In order to have it expedited, you must have a valid reason of urgency. Every urgent application is evaluated on an individual basis; however the following are usually accepted:

  • The card is needed for immediate travel to or from Canada because of death or serious illness in the family (travel itinerary, flight tickets needs to be provided with your application).
  • The card is needed to prove your Canadian citizenship status for employment.
  • You need a citizenship certificate to access certain benefits such as a pension, a Social Insurance Number, or health care.

Visit ?Citizenship & Immigration Canada? for the required application form:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/urgent-proof.asp.

Once completed, include all the required documents with the application, and write ?Urgent ? Citizenship Certificate (Proof)? clearly on your envelope. Include an explanation of why you need urgent processing and any supporting documents.

Mail your fully completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Please note if you live outside Canada, contact the Canadian embassy,high commission or consulate responsible for your region.


Is the application for a Limited Validity Passport, the same as the regular application for a child’s passport?

In most circumstances, limited validity passports are issued to Canadians who are not able to provide original proof of Canadian citizenship at the time the passport is issued. Also if travel plans cannot be deferred, a limited passport maybe issued (for a maximum of 2 years), however child’s proof of travel, itinerary or airline ticket would need to be submitted along with a fully completed passport application. Each individual case is reviewed by Passport Canada, who will determine the necessity of issuing a limited validity passport to meet your child’s travel needs.

It is not in your best interests to apply for the limited validity passport if you have no immediate travel plans. We suggest you wait until you have fixed plans for travel and submit a regular application, which takes on average 15 working days to process your child’s passport.

Contact Passport Canada Toll free: 1-800-567-6868 for more information


I am taking an Alaskan cruise from Seattle. We will be stopping in Victoria B.C. Do I need a passport to get off the ship to shop or to tour the city?

If you take an excursion that originates in an Alaskan port and crosses the border into Canada, you require a passport.

To find out more and to learn about border travel updates, please check Voyage.gc.ca,Government of Canada Official Web Site, Travel.State.Gov ,Canada Border Service Agency.

Also please check what final documents you require with your booking agent/ Travel agent.


Hello, I am hoping to take my Canadian Citizenship test this July. At the moment I have a British passport and would like to keep this. How do I go about getting a Canadian passport? If I travel to the UK this year and have my citizenship would I use my Canadian or British to get back into Canada? Many thanks, Jayne Gilmore

Dual Citizenship is common in Canada. There are no specific requirements; however it is recommended you use your Canadian Passport (once obtained) when entering back into Canada. Please note if you did show up at the border with your UK passport and Canadian Citizenship Card you should not encounter any problems.

Please visit Citizenship & Immigration Canada for more information on Dual Citizenship:

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/publications/dual-citizenship_double-citoyennete-eng.asp.

To apply for a Canadian Passport please visit: www.passportcanada.gc.ca.


?ADULT GENERAL PASSPORT APPLICATION for Canadians 16 years of age or over applying in Canada or from the USA?.

Your current passport would need to be returned with the form, along with a completed “Statutory Declaration” form PPTC 203, available from any Passport Canada regional office in Canada, any Canadian government office in the USA or at www.passportcanada.gc.ca. .


Passport damage form

You would need to apply for a new passport using the:


Please note if you are the parent or legal guardian applying for your child passport, you cannot act as guarantor

Please visit Passport Canada for more information


Can a guarantor be a relative?

A family member or any individual residing at your address may be your guarantor provided he or she meets the specified requirements:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/section2.aspx?lang=eng©ion=Canada .


How can i get a passport if the one that i have expire and am not in the country?

If you are a Canadian citizen residing outside Canada, you should apply at the nearest Canadian government office abroad:

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/contact/offices-list_liste-bureaux-eng.asp.

Alternatively contact Passport Canada: 613-996-8885 (outside Canada)


My passport was issued in 2004 and expired in 2009. Now i want to renew it, which form do i have to use? Thank you so much.

If you?re expired passport is not damaged, and has never been reported lost or stolen in the past you would be able to apply for the ‘simplified Passport Renewal Process?. Please note you must meet the other requirements:

  • you must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of your previous application;
  • Your name on the application form is exactly as it appears on page 2 of the submitted passport; (if you wish to change the name on your passport, you need to use the general application process).

Please visit www.passportcanada.gc.ca..


My passport expired in 2007. I still have my passport. Can I just renew by sending in my old passport and sending in two new photographs?

Please visit Passport Canada for a step-by-step guide:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng

If you are eligible you would be able to use the ‘simplified Renewal Process?, which involves completing the required application (PPTC 054) accompanied by your most recent passport, the required fee and two recent photos.

With the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you can apply in person in Canada at any Passport Canada service location.


Passport Canada

400 York Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 201
London ON

Mon?Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Toll free: 1-800-567-6868


Is there a local number for me in london ontario that i can contact?

The contact address to apply for a Canadian Passport in London, Ontario is:


If I need a Canadian passport do I need a Guarantor?

On the Canadian Passport application form you are required to have ?Declaration of Guarantor?. This person is a person other than yourself who confirms your identity. This person is required to completed section 2 of the application, and will need to sign all 3 pages of the form. The guarantor will also need to sign the back of one of the passport photos and write “I certify this to be a true likeness of (your name)”

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/section2.aspx?lang=eng©ion=Canada


My passport expires Dec. 2, 2011. I will be traveling to Mexico Sept 10 returning Sept. 18th 2011. Will my passport be valid?

Since March 1, 2010, Canadian citizens, including those with dual nationality, are required to present a valid passport in order to enter and exit Mexico. Canadians without a valid passport will be refused entry and returned to Canada.

Canadians with a criminal record might be refused entry and returned to Canada on the next available flight. Canadians in this situation should contact the Mexican Embassy in Ottawa prior to making travel arrangements.

Please note persons seeking to enter Mexico for purposes other than tourism are required to have a proper visa.


it is no longer valid and cannot be used for travel.

To apply for a new passport please complete ?Adult General Passport Application?PPTC 153 As the Passport is lost you would need to complete a “Statutory Declaration” form PPTC 203

You can apply in person (at a Passport Canada officer) or by mail. The average processing time is 20 business days. There is an urgent and express pick-up service available, but proof of travel is required. Passport Canada will take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis.


My husband and I will be travelling to London on August 24th,2011 Now that we could not find our passports which we had just used them last month to go to the border. Can you tell me what is the procedure to apply a new one and how long would it take? Thank you for your time.

As your passport is lost you are required to report the circumstances of the loss Passport Canada.Once a passport has been reported lost,


Is ordering my birth certificate the only way of applying and paying for it?

To apply for a Canadian Passport, you must submit proof of Canadian citizenship. If you were born in Canada, you must provide an original of either:

A Canadian birth certificate (issued in Canada by the province or territory of your birth), or A certificate of citizenship (issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada).


Hi there can someone who already has a passport and just got a criminal record.Can they still renew their passport when time comes?

The Canadian government can refuse to issue a passport to a person who has been charged with a serious criminal offense (for example; kidnapping), a past or pending DUI charge will not ordinarily result in the denial of a passport, however if you are on probation or are charged with an offence and are awaiting trial, you should wait until after the probation has ended or the trial is over to apply for your passport.

Please visit Passport Canada for more information on the process.

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/cdn/index.aspx?lang=eng

Please note depending on your criminal record, you may be denied entry into the required country you are visiting. When the time comes to travel please consult the nearest diplomatic mission of the country you intend to visit.


Identification needed for renewal of children’s passport

To renew a child’s Canadian Passport you require application form:PPTC 155

A document to support the child’s identity is not required, however you are required to provide the child’s proof of Canadian Citizenship. The only documents accepted are entitled “Birth Certificate” or “Certificate of Birth” issued by a provincial/territorial authority in Canada. Where possible it is recommended a long-form birth certificate showing both parents is provided.

You will need to also enclose any valid Canadian passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document issued to the child. If the child’s current passport expires more than 12 months from the date of submission of the application, provide a written explanation as to why you are applying at this time. Should Passport Canada not be satisfied that you have a valid reason for applying early, your application for a new passport may be refused.


My passport expired in April 2010. My application for renewal is like a new application, since is more than a year? Do I need to submit my old passport and need a guarantor’s signature on my application? Thank you.

To renew your Canadian Passport please visit Passport Canada. You will be required to complete the ?Adults 16 years of age or over? application PPTC 153

You do not need to send your passport if it has expired. As your Canadian Passport has been expired for over 1 year, it cannot be submitted as ?documents to support your identity?. The supporting ID must be valid and include your name and signature (for example; Provincial driver’s license, or Provincial health care card).

On the application form you are required to have ?Declaration of Guarantor?. This person is a person other than yourself who confirms your identity. This person is required to completed section 2 of the application, and will need to sign all 3 pages of the form. The guarantor will also need to sign the back of one of the passport photos and write “I certify this to be a true likeness of (your name)”


I live in the us on a green card , trying to renew my expired canadian passport, how do i do this?

To apply for a passport, visit Passport Canada’s website.and fill out an interactive application form. You may also print out the form and fill it out by hand. Application forms may also be obtained in person at any Government of Canada office in the United States.

The Canadian passport is the most reliable travel document for Canadian citizens and the only proof of your nationality and identity that is accepted in all countries. For more information, please visit www.passport.gc.ca..


Can children under 15 years old cross the US border without a Canadian passport?

As a Canadian Citizen traveling either by land or water, Children under 18 must present proof of citizenship and identity (for example; a birth certificate). If travelling by air, a valid passport is required.


I dont have a passport and i need one. how much are they? how do i get one? and where do i go to get one in Toronto?

To apply for a Canadian Passport, please visit Passport Canada.

The standard fee for an adult application over 16 year (24-page) is $87.

You can apply by mail or in person.

The standard processing time is 20 business days. If you need to process sooner you can request ?Urgent? (24 hours), ?Express? (2-9 business days) or ?pick-up? (10 business days). These services require an additional fee.


If I am renewing my passport, does the application for a NEXUS card become a separate issue and what is the general turn around time to get a NEXUS card. born in alberta, live in alberta 50+ years? thank you

To renew your passport please visit Passport Canada for more information and required application form.

To apply for a Nexus Card it needs to be done separately. To qualify for Nexus you need to be a ?citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, have resided in either or both countries for the past three years and who pass criminal history and law enforcement checks?.

You can apply to NEXUS online using the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES)..

Once the application is submitted it takes on average 3-4 weeks to receive an approval notification from ?Canada Border Services Agency?. If you are approved you will need to attend an interview at one of the ?Nexus Enrolment Centers?. After the interview it takes on average 10 business days to receive the Nexus Card.


How long can it take to renew your passport at the passport office? Also, when you renew your passport, do you need to have the old passport?

If you wish to pick up your passport at a Passport Canada office instead of having it mailed to you, you must submit your completed passport application in person at a Passport Canada office

The pick-up services available are ?Urgent? (24 hours), ?Express? (2-9 business days) or ?pick-up? (10 business days). Each of these services requires an additional fee to be paid on top of the standard Passport fee. If you wish to receive the passport by mail it takes 20 business days.

When you submit your application form you are required to submit ?Any Canadian passport or travel document issued to you within the last five (5) years?


Do I have to change my passport to my married name?

No. However if you have changed other documentation to reflect your married name then you should apply for a new passport. Whenever you make arrangements to travel you must book your travel details in the name you use on your passport.

If you have recently married or changed your name and you want this reflected in your passport you must apply for a new passport and submit documentation proving your name change.


Do I have to have an iris scan and have my fingerprints taken to get a passport?

No. Even the new ePassports do not require this level of biometric data. The only personal information stored about an individual is visible on page 2 of the Canadian passport and contains details of your date and place of birth, your full name and your photograph.


What is a machine-readable passport?

At the bottom of the ID page on your passport there are two lines of numbers, letters and symbols that make your passport ‘machine-readable?. This means that your passport can be scanned at any point of entry or exit both in and outside of Canada. All passports issued in Canada are machine readable.


My current passport is valid but damaged, can I still use it?

If your passport is in any way damaged you must apply for a new passport to avoid delays at immigration particularly f parts of the passport is unreadable.


Can I still use my passport if I reported it lost and then found it?

No. If you reported a passport lost it will have been canceled and you will not be able to use the passport to gain access into Canada or any other country. If you find your passport you must contact Passport Canada and the police. If you are abroad and you find your lost passport you should notify the relevant Canadian Embassy or Consulate and the local police.


What should I do if my Canadian passport is lost or stolen?

You must report a lost or stolen passport immediately to the police and to Passport Canada. If your passport is lost or stolen whilst you are abroad you must report the loss to the local police and to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate. You can then apply to Passport Canada for a replacement passport using the full application service which requires you to certify your passport photos and application using a guarantor.


Do I need a certain amount of validity on my passport before I can travel?

Yes. You should not travel abroad unless your passport remains valid for the duration of your trip and return to Canada. You should allow some additional time after your trip ends in case you are unexpectedly delayed. Some countries have specific validity requirements and most tour companies and commercial airlines recommend that your passport has at least 6 months remaining validity.


Do I need a passport to travel to the US?

There are several documents that you can use to cross the border into the United States. Adults must have one of the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • NEXUS card
  • FAST card (Land and sea crossings only)
  • Enhanced drivers license (Land and sea crossings only)
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (Land and sea crossings only)

It is worth noting that all air travelers are advised to carry their passport as well as a NEXUS card. Canadian citizens aged 15 and under can cross the US ? Canada land or sea border using proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or citizenship card. Children traveling in a group can also present proof of citizenship up to the age of 19 years.


How will I receive my new passport?

If you live in Canada, your passport will be sent to you using Canada Post’s courier service. If you live in the USA a private courier company will be used. You can arrange to collect your passport in person from a Passport Canada office.


Or by courier to:

Passport Canada
22 de Varennes
Building 22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau QC J8T 8R1
Canada

Or in person at a Passport Canada office or a Receiving Agent like Canada Post. There are additional charges for ?in person? applications.


Where should I submit my passport application?

If you live in Canada you can submit your passport application by mail to:

Passport Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
GGatineau QC K1A 0G3 Canada


What are the fees associated with obtaining a Canadian passport?

If you apply for a passport from within Canada the cost for a regular 24 page passport is CDN $87 for adult passports (16 years of age and over), CDN $37 for a child passport (aged 3 to 15 years of age) and CDN $22 for an infant passport (children under 3 years of age). If you reside outside of Canada the fees will include additional processing costs.


If my child is not travelling with me, do they need a letter of consent?

Children who are not travelling with both parents should carry a letter of consent stating both parents agreement to the child’s travel. This is not a legal requirement but may facilitate the child’s entry into another country.


Do children need their own passport to travel abroad?

Yes. Even if you accompany your child abroad they must have their own passport. This policy is to combat the illegal traffic of children around the world.


Can a family member act as guarantor?

Yes. Family members who meet the requirements of a guarantor can certify your passport application. Parents are not allowed to act as guarantors for their children’s passports.


Do I need a guarantor to get my passport?

If you already hold a Canadian passport and you reside in Canada you do not need a guarantor; you can apply for a renewed passport using the Simplified Renewal Application.

If you are applying for your first Canada passport, you must have a guarantor to verify your identity. The guarantor must sign and complete the section of the application form labeled “Declaration of Guarantor,” certify one of your passport photos and in some cases sign and date documents to support your identity.

Who can I use as a guarantor for my Canadian passport application?

  • A guarantor must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or over who holds a valid adult passport or one that expired less than a year before you submit your passport application.
  • The guarantor must have been at least 16 years old when they applied for their current passport.
  • They must have known you personally for at least two years. If the guarantor is certifying your child’s passport they must have knowledge of the child and have known you, the parent for at least two years.
  • They must reside in Canada, the USA or Bermuda.

Can I wear glasses on my passport photo?

Yes. You may wear prescription glasses including tinted glasses on your passport photograph providing your eyes are clearly visible. You are not allowed to wear sunglasses


Does my passport photo have to be taken by a professional photographer?

Yes. You must use a commercial photographer to take your passport photo. You need two identical photographs, which must have been taken in the last year.

Photos for child applicants must show the child’s head and shoulders. If the parent has to hold the infant for the photo, their hands and arms must not be visible in the photo. The Canadian passport authorities are not strict about the expression on passport photos of babies e.g. if the child’s mouth is open or closed.


What should I do if my appearance has changed?

You are not required by law to notify the Canadian passport authorities of a change in your appearance, however if it has changed substantially you are advised to apply for a new passport even if your current passport is still valid. This will ensure that border officials can easily recognize you when you present your passport at immigration. You will have to provide two new photos and pay the applicable fees and any time remaining on your current passport will not be added to your new passport.


When should I renew my Canadian Passport?

You can renew your passport up to 12 months before it expires, however your new passport will not be credited with the outstanding time remaining on your existing passport. Adult applicants can renew their passports using the Simplified Renewal Application, which provides a faster way to renew a Canadian passport.


Do I have to notify Passport Canada if I change my address?

No. You do not have to notify the passport authorities if your address changes. All you have to do is cross out your old address on page 4 of your passport and write in your new address; if there is not enough space, you can write your new address on a piece of paper. Do not use correction fluid to change your address details.


How do I renew my Canadian Passport?

The Canada passport renewal process has been simplified so that adult applicants who already hold a Canadian passport can fill out the Simplified Renewal Application. Applicants renewing their passport need only submit the required fee, their old passport and two recent passport photos, which must include on the back of one photo, the photographers name and address and the date the photos were taken. Child applicants cannot use the Simplified Renewal Application to renew their passports.


How long does it take to get your Canadian passport processed if you live in the US?

Canadian citizens who apply for a Canadian passport from the USA or Bermuda must wait 4 weeks to receive their new passport. If you need to travel urgently you must contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in the United States closest to where you live.


How long does it take to get a passport processed?

If you live in Canada, it takes 20 working days to receive your new passport by mail. However you can reduce waiting time to 10 working days by collecting your passport from a Passport Canada office.

If your have to travel urgently and can prove this to Passport Canada, you can reduce wait time to 24 hours by paying an additional fee to have your passport processed.


Will an ePassport speed up border crossing times?

The purpose of the ePassport is to combat passport fraud and secure borders not to speed up border crossings.


Will my passport be valid without an electronic chip?

Yes, all Canadian passports will remain valid until they expire. When you apply for a new passport it will be replaced by an ePassport.


What is the difference between a biometric passport and an e-passport?

E-passports and biometric passports are different names for the same thing.

The Canadian government will adopted electronic chip technology in all passports issued from 2012; a pilot scheme has meant that some passports are already equipped with electronic chips.

This procedure has been tried and tested in over 80 countries world-wide. This means that every new passport will be embedded with an electronic chip, which contains extra biometric data to enhance passport security and fight passport fraud. This includes:

  • A hidden digital photo viewable under ultra-violet light
  • Personal details contained on page 2 of the Passport
  • A government signature that proves the Passport was issued in Canada
  • Holographic images

    My father died recently, what must I do with his passport?

    Passports belonging to deceased persons need to be canceled. You should mail the Passport to Passport Canada along with a copy of your father’s death certificate and a letter informing the agency that the Passport should be destroyed or canceled and returned to you.


    I recently applied for a new passport. When it arrived I noticed that my name on the ID page had been misspelt. How can I get this corrected?

    You must return your passport to one of the Canada Passport service centers. If you applied for you passport from another country you must return the Passport to the office that processed your passport. The Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence will be able to inform you of the address.


    How do I add more pages to my Canadian passport?

    If your passport pages are full with visas and entry stamps, you must apply for a new passport. You cannot add extra pages to your existing Canadian passport.


    How many years is a Canada passport valid for?

    Adult passports are valid for 5 years. For passport purposes, adults are classed as people over 16. From 2012 Canadians will have the option of applying for a 10 year passport. Child passports for holders aged 3 to 15 years of age are valid for 5 years. Infant passports for children aged 3 and under are valid for 3 years.


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