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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.
Canadian passport renewal from US – can I pay extra to have the passport expressed back to me when issued?

No, you cannot pay for faster service, unfortunately.

For express service you must submit your passport application to a Passport Canada location.


we cant get a guarantor for my husbands passport the doctor, dentist and vet all refused, could a registered mental health nurse be the guarantor for us, we are getting quite desperate now as we fly out to Canada in less than 4 weeks

A guarantor can be a family member. It’s a reference which cannot be a family member.


do i have to be present to apply for a passport?

No, you can submit your application by mail to Passport Canada in Ottawa. The processing time is twice as long (20 days versus 10 days) however.


Can you fly before your expiration date?

Yes, technically you can.

However, the vast majority of countries impose restrictions passport validity when entering; it’s usually 6 months, sometimes 3 months or, in rare cases, merely valid through your planned date of departure.


Does my 13 year old have to accompany me to the passport office to renew her passport?

No you can apply for her.


I am a duel citizen English/Canadian living in England. I have my citizenship card. I am applying for my Canadian passport and I am stuck since I dont know anyone who can be my guarantor. Can a notary public assist me or how can I find a guarantor?

You need a guarantor for new passport or travel document applications that you submit by mail or in person. Your guarantor can be a family member or anyone living at your address, as long as they meet the guarantor requirements.

The guarantor must complete their duties, free of charge, including:

  • completing and signing the “Declaration of Guarantor” section of your application
  • writing “I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant name)” on the back of one of your passport photos and signing it
  • signing and dating your photocopies of each document you have submitted to confirm your identity (if it applies to you)
A family member or anyone living at the same address as you may be your guarantor as long as they meet the basic guarantor requirements above.

You may also choose an occupation-based guarantor, as long as they’re:

  • registered/licensed with the appropriate local authority to practice their profession
  • currently working in that field
  • practicing one of these professions:
    • judge
    • dentist
    • pharmacist
    • veterinarian
    • police officer
    • notary public
    • lawyer/notary
    • medical doctor
    • dean/head of university or college
    • signing officer of a:
      • bank or trust company
      • financial institution that offer a full range of banking services (cash withdrawals, deposits and savings)
You can only use retired occupation-based guarantors if their name still appears on the listing provided to us by the relevant association.


I have dual citizenship of both uk and Canada. I’m currently living in the uk but am going to Canada on holiday. I was trying to renew my Canadian passport before I leave but they insist that I have proof that I’m entitled to live in the uk. Where do I get this

That proof would be your UK passport.


If I am applying in person to a passport office do I bring passport photos or do they take them at the office? Do I need a guarantor if I am applying in person?

You must take them ahead of time and bring them with you.

You need a guarantor if you are completing the general application, whether or not you are applying in person.


My husband and I were separated two years ago. My sons passport has expired. If I have joint custody could I alone apply for a Canadian passport for my son. Are both parents signatures required on the application?

Yes, you both have to sign the application if your son is younger than 16.


Planning to go to Rome and Romania for the month of August. My passport expires in October. Will this be valid? If not, do I get credit for those remaining months.

You need to replace your passport before you travel. You do not get “credit” for it.


My eTa application was approved. But I didnt put my whole in name when they asking what name is written on my passport. I just put my first and last name. Is that fine?

It might be. You will find out at the airport when they decide whether or not to let you on the plane.

You should always use the name on the passport for visas and tickets.


Signed Canadian passport below the signature line. Do I need to get a new passport?

Not unless you are instructed to do so by a CBSA agent.


My 17 year old needs to get a passport what fiorms does she fill out and what ID does she need? Child or adult forms?

Your child needs to fill out a first time adult application.


Mother of child’s middle name is wrong on childs birth certificate. Can the child still get a passport

It depends.

If the child is under the age of 16 there could be a problem depending upon how different the mother’s name is on the birth certificate compared to her IDs.


Does my 16 year old son need to be present when I go renew his passport?

Not if you live in the same house.


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