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Replacement Citizenship Card FAQ

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On becoming a Canadian citizen you will receive a citizenship certificate, which is a letter-sized piece of paper which proves you are now a Canadian citizen. You need to keep your citizenship card safe because you will need it to apply for a Canadian Passport, SIN card, Get a job and vote in federal elections.

To get your Citizenship Certificate:

  • Complete the application form
  • Have citizenship photos taken
  • Gather the supporting documentation: Photo IDs
  • Submit the entire application by mail to IRCC
If you feel you want to read more about replacing a Canadian Citizenship Card, check out the Canadian Government website, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

I m not Canadian born. I lost my passport, I can’t find my citizenship card nor driver license or SIN card. I m not in Canada. What should I do n which application form should be use?

You need to apply for a replacement citizenship certificate but you need to make it clear that you are applying for it in order to apply for your passport. It could help to include information about passport requirements from your local Embassy/Consulate or a letter of explanation stating that you need to apply for a passport because you lost it.

I have changed my last name, how to replace my Canadian citizenship card with the new name.

So you can no longer get the old card; it was retired in 2012. You can amend the record and get a letter-sized citizenship certificate. In order to do so you will have to provide the legal name change and a photo ID in the new name.

my citizenship certificate is a paper document, can this be replaced with a card

No, the paper citizenship certificate replaced in the card in 2012.

My husband needs to replace his drivers license but needs a Certificate of Citizenship to do so. The one he has is not accepted any more by BC Motor Vehicles. He has paid for and received a proof of citizenship letter, but they say that is not acceptable as proof of citizenship. Request for replacement Citizenship Certificate denied without picture ID. He is caught in a never ending circle. Any suggestions?

Something weird is happening here. We suggest speaking to an RCIC or lawyer if BC Motor Vehicles continues to refuse to recognize his Citizenship Card or Verification of Status.

Here are some potential options:

  1. He can get a BC Provincial Photo ID Card so he can apply for his Citizenship Certificate.
  2. Alternatively, he can print off information from IRCC’s website stating that the Citizenship Card is acceptable proof. He should be prepared to call IRCC at 1-888-242-2100 when this explanation is rejected. Hopefully he can get the person from BC Motor Vehicles to speak to the person from IRCC so they can understand he is a citizen.

I’m a canadian citizen and I applied for my daughter that was born outside canada for her citizen ship and still didn’t rreceive anything and I bopled tickets I’m 2 months how can she travel with me? Should I make her a temporary one? (My daughter will be 1 year old next month)

If you check the status of the application and it is still pending you can follow up with proof of travel to hopefully get them to process the application urgently.

I lost my citizenship card how can I get it back

You cannot replace your citizenship card with another card but you can replace it with a new citizenship certificate, as the card was phased out in 2012. You will need to download the forms from IRCC’s website.

how to add middle maiden name initial in my Canadian Citizenship Card?

You will need to replace your citizenship card with a citizenship certificate, as the card was retired in 2012. When you replace it, you will have to provide documentation showing your legal middle name.

I sent in my application for a new citizenship certificate in February due to a name change and I got a letter at the end of February stating that my application will be reviewed. I have been trying to check my application status online, but nothing is coming up. My friend is taking her bridesmaids to Cuba in 2 and a half months. I am the maid of honor at her wedding and it’s very important to her that I am able to come. Please let me know if this an acceptable reason for urgent processing?

Needing your citizenship certificate for a passport required for a booked trip may indeed be acceptable for expedited processing. You will need to prove to IRCC that you are applying for a passport and that you need the passport by a certain day. Proof of your trip and your role in the wedding will help.

Please note that expedited processing is entirely at the discretion of IRCC.

How much it costs to replace a stolen citizenship card

It’s $75 to get a new citizenship certificate. (The card was phased out in 2012.) You will have to complete an additional form because the card was stolen.

I have canadian citizen card acquired 18 years ago. I have lived outside of Canada since then. Is my card still valid?

As long as the card is still legible, it is still valid.

I am the daughter of a man born in Canada in 1916. He became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1943. I was born in 1944 as a US citizen. Am I eligible for Canadian citizenship because my father was born in Canada?

That’s a complicated question as Canadian citizenship as a nationality did not exist until 1947. So your father was a British subject when he naturalized in the US and so the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act 1914 applies. And according to that law, he would have lost his British subject status by nationalizing in the United States, meaning you cannot claim Canadian citizenship through your father.

My current PR card expires in 2020 but I need to get a new one due a legal name change. When filling out the application do I choose “renew” or “replace”? Also, do I need to send my current card with the application.

You are replacing your PR Card. You can just send in a copy of your current PR Card and if they want the original they will let you know.

I need to correct my year of birth on my Canadian Citizenship Card; can somebody assist me in this matter?

You need to apply for a replacement citizenship certificate and provide your correct year of birth in the documentation you submit the that application.

I lost my Canadian citizenship ID card a few years ago, but I do still have my certificate. How can I go about getting a new card?

IRCC no longer issues Citizenship Cards, only Citizenship Certificates, so there is no way of getting a new Citizenship Card.


My US born children ages 9, 11 and 14 are Canadian citizens as their Mother was born in Canada. We have misplace Canadian citizenship card and passports. How do we replace citizenship card?

You need to submit applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with the required documentation. You should indicate that you need these to get passports to see if you can speed up what is otherwise an extremely long (5-6 months) process.


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