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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 son is now an adult and needs to renew his passport. Does he fill out the simplified application or the General application?

He must use the General Application because it’s his first passport.

I have a passport that is valid for another 8 years. I am getting married this coming May. Do I have to apply for another passport or can I have a name change done with proof of marriage?

If you change your name, you have to change your name on your passport.

Do I need a new passport form now that I’m an adult. Last time I had a passport was when I was ten.

If your passport has expired, you need a new passport if you want to travel outside of Canada.

My wife is a duel citizen, Canadian and English. She is currently living in the uk. Her Canadian passport has now ran out but I want to book her a surprise flight to Canada for her birthday, can she fly just on her English passport or does she need both to be in date?

If she wants to travel to Canada on her UK passport, she will need an eTA. But her eTA application may be rejected if it is discovered that she’s a Canadian citizen. So it’s better if she just has a valid Canadian passport.

Have lived in he US for 22 years on a Green Card. Our Canadian passports expired and we would like to renew them. How easy would this be?

You can apply by mail.

I am a US cotizen born in Canada. I had a passport that expired about 5 years ago. I would like to renew my passport and regain dual cotizenship. Is this possible? Is this a simple renewal? Also I understand my adult children are eligible to be recognized as Canadian/dual citizens. Do they just follow a normal application process? Finally, my husband is an American born US citizen, but lived in Canada for about 10 years. Does he have any eligibility to apply for dual citizenship?

It is not a simplified renewal process; you have to use the general application.

Your children must apply for citizenship certificates before they can apply for passports.

Your husband cannot apply for citizenship if he doesn’t reside in Canada.

I have my child passport last time i used it i was under 16 now that im 21 do i need to renew it or its still good? Passbort is not yet expired

Your passport is valid until it expires regardless of your age.

My son has a British passport but has lived in Canada for 6 years.(born in Guernsey. He is 6 years old. His British passport has expired. Can he get a Canadian one? Father is Canadian and mother is British.

Yes, but first he needs to apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate through his father.

Two references are required for passport renewal and cannot be your guarantor. I can’t remember who my guarantor is from my earlier passports. Is there a way to find that out?

The guarantor and references cannot be the same for this passport application. There is nothing preventing someone who has been a guarantor on a previous application being a reference for your current application.

I’m a Canadian citizen living in the US with green card(I was living in Quebec prior to the US move). I married a US citizen(in US) and want to change my name(on my US passport first). After that’s done, what are the steps that I need to take to change my name in Canada (or Quebec?) I read somewhere that Quebec doesn’t allow name change. 

How you change your name depends upon what type of document you’re trying to change your name on. For your passport, you need to provide proof of the name change when you submit a new passport application.

where do i send my canadian passport application from usa

You have to mail it to the same address as you would if you were in Canada:

Mailing Address:

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3

Courier Address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 8R1

I got my passport in 2015 and it is good till 2025, but in 2016 I sold my house so I have a new address will that stop me from going to the United States to visit family because the address in my passport is my old address.

No, your change of address should have no affect on your ability to travel to the US.

I’m travelling to the U.S in July. I’m 17 years old but still using the child passport do I need to get an adult passport even though it’s not expired yet?

No. You can use your passport until it expires.

My partner is a naturalized Canadian citizen. He has recently legally changed his name (just received the certificate in the mail) and is in the process of applying for a new citizenship certificate so that he can update his passport with his new legal name. In the meantime, can he still travel with his old passport that bears his old name? it doesn’t expire for several years.

He can use his current passport any time he doesn’t need to show any other ID.

I’m go to Hawaii (Kona) on April 15 for a week and my passport expires on May of this year. Will I be allowed into and out of the US. ???

Canadians are usually allowed to enter the US as long as their passports are valid through their departure date.

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