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Canada Passport FAQ

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.

  • Choose the passport application you need: regular or simplified renewal
  • Complete the passport application
  • Gather your required documents and get your photos taken
  • Get your guarantor to endorse your application: If you are a Canadian citizen applying for your first Canadian passport, or your current Canadian passport has been expired for more than 1 year, then you will need to find a guarantor. A guarantor is someone other than yourself who confirms your identity for Passport Canada.
  • Submit your application by mail or in person.
I was born in Canada, a First Nation Indian, I have lived in the US all my life. I have used my secure native card to cross the border all my life.I need a passport to take a cruise with my wife.Can I travel to Ontario and apply for a passport,and have it delivered to the States

That’s a good question.

When you apply from the States it’s by mail and the passport is mailed to you.

When you apply in person in Canada the passport is mailed to you but I have no idea if they accept a foreign address. You could try. Or you could contact them first.


Can i get and apply a passport in Canada when I come to Canada for vacation if the one that i have expire and am currently living out of the country?

Yes you can. If you’re only here for a short time you will have to apply for urgent processing, which costs more.


Can i get and apply a passport in Canada when I come to Canada for vacation if the one that i have expire and am currently living out of the country?

If you do not have a valid passport you cannot travel internationally.

So you have to renew the passport wherever you are.


I am currently living abroad. Can I return to Toronto to apply for my passport since I will be back for the summer vacation and processing time is much quicker even though I do not have the current address in Toronto?

Yes, as long as your passport is still valid you can travel back to Canada to renew it.


Hi does my British born child travelling with his Canadian national mother require a Canadian passport to access the Canadian borders?

Yes, it’s easier to enter Canada with a Canadian passport.

First, you need to get your child a citizenship certificate.

And once you have that, you can get him his passport.

If that is taking too long, you can apply for an eTA for him with his British passport. But if they find out he’s a Canadian citizen this eTA application will be denied.


Can a person with a mental disability that can’t sign their own name get a canadian passport

Yes you can. You can get a family member over the age of 18 to complete the form for you. In non-pandemic times, you should go in person with the family member to a Passport Canada office if you can.


We’re going to Niagara Falls this spring. Does my 17 year old daughter need a passport or just her birth certificate and driver’s license? If she does need a passport, how long will it take and how much does it cost?

I guess you’re not going now, right? (This response was written during the 2020 pandemic.)

In normal times, when the border is open, she needs a passport. There are multiple options to speed up the process, but they cost more the faster you want it. The important this is that all urgent passport applications must be applied for in person at a Passport Canada office. If she cannot do that, she will have to apply the normal way (by mail) which takes 20 calendar days, not including mailing time.


WHERE IS THE gurantor SECTION on a short form PPTC O54 to renew canadian passport

If you are eligible to renew your passport using the renewal form you do not need to provide a guarantor, just references. They are not the same thing.


Renewal form asks for occupation in the last 2 years, do they mean the last 2 calendar years ex. January 2015- December 2017 or do they mean the last 2 years from the date of the current application (may17th) i.e May 17th 2015- May 17th 2017?

The date you are completing the application.


I need to apply passport and I lots my citizenship card how I apply my passport

You need to apply for a citizenship certificate.

In normal times, you could use your need of a passport to apply for an urgent citizenship certificate. However, that will not work right now (2020 pandemic) because, to the best of our knowledge. Passport Canada is not currently processing passport applications unless you have a valid reasonf or emergency travel.


Will my passport number be the same on my renewed passport as it is on my current passport ?

No. It never is.


I live in itall and applied for my Canadian passport thru the embassy in Rome. Will they mail me my passport or do i have to pick it up personally.

Your passport will be sent to you by raccomandata.


I live now in the United States, but I still have my Canadian Passport. Where do I renew my Canadian Passport?

You can submit your application by mail to Passport Canada in Ottawa. However, most applications are not currently being processed due to the pandemic.


I came to canada on a family passport how do I obtain a passport for myself …I was 15 at the time and am 52 now

The important question is “are you a citizen”? Did you naturalize after you landed? If not, you are not eligible for a Canadian passport no matter how long you lived in Canada.


My passport application was received at destination April 16 2020. When will I receive my new passport.

From Passport Canada’s website:

“If you already submitted an application, we’ll process it when service returns to normal.

If you need to travel urgently

You can get passport services in Canada if you have a valid reason to travel urgently.

Urgent travel reasons include if you’re travelling

  • for a medical reason because you have a serious illness
  • because of the serious illness or death of someone you know
  • because you’ll have financial problems from the loss of a job or business
  • to support an essential service
  • for humanitarian reasons
    • You need a letter from your organization that lists the humanitarian reasons.”
So the answer is “not any time soon”.


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