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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.
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.


Do I need to give my land location as my address? I live on a farm so there is no street address.

For your mailing address you need to provide an address you can receive mail at. But for your residential address you can provide where your land location.


My son needs ane passport and is 17. He has had a child one. What form do we complete now? Is a new adult one or a renewal adult one?

Your son must use the general adult application to apply for his first adult passport.


I used to have a child’s passport, but now it has expired and I am 16 years old, so what application form do I fill out to renew this?

You fill out the general application as it’s your first adult passport.


I need information on obtaining a passport for my adult daughter who is severely delayed cognitively​ and physically. She does not read or write. She also does not have 2 pieces of ID with all information required.

Call Passport Canada 1-800-567-6868


My father has never had an Passport Ohio resident. He is elderly but wants to take a trip to Canada. I need to get a passport for him. I live in Florida is this possible?

It is a mail-in application from the US so yes, it is possible. He will need his citizenship certificate or birth certificate and photo ID to apply.


can I apply for my 18 year old son’s Canadian passport in person, at a Toronto passport office, if he is not with me? he has not had a passport before. He is a resident of USA, but has a Canadian citizenship card from when he was much younger. Or does he have to be present to apply at the office?

You can only do it if you live in the same house with him.


My sons passport expires in Sept 2017. He will be traveling to Europe in July 2017. He is 17 years old. Can we renew his passport or do we have to do a whole new application?

He has to complete a general application as he is not eligible to renew.


How to dispose of expired passports

You can return your passport to the agency that issued it. Or you can destroy it.


Holding a passport when I was 13 yrs old valid for 5yrs which is 2018 the expiration..now I am 16 turning 17, should I get a new passport?

You don’t need a new passport until you current one expires.


The form for a Canadian passport states that if you have had a previous passport that you need to provide its number. Mine was issued in Nfld in the early 70’s and I do have it. Is that a problem?

No, it just means your application will be processed essentially as if it is your first passport application.


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