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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 just turned 16 years old and his child’s passport expired. Can he use that to apply for a new passport if he has no photo ID but school ID?

If the passport has been expired for less than a year it can be used as an ID. A school ID cannot normally be used as an ID. If he needs another form of photo ID, he’ll need to get a provincial photo card or a driver’s license.


My daughter just had her passport renewed in Whitby ON and fast tracked it. Does she have to pick it up in Scarborough? Can it be couriered? We live in Frankford ON and it is a bit of a drive to pick it up

Unfortunately fast tracked passports must be picked up in person.


I need a passport for my work, how long will it take to get my passport after the citizenship ceremony

You can apply immediately though we recommend waiting two business days before applying just to make sure the system populates, especially if you are going to apply for expedited or urgent processing.


I have a Manitoba enhanced driver’s license, is a birth certificate still required to apply for a passport?

Yes, an enhanced driver’s license is not considered sufficient for proof of birth in Canada for a passport application.


My passport expireS in October 2017. I’m travelling to Cuba mid May. Do I have to renew before I go on this trip.

No, Cuba allows Canadians to enter with 3 months validity on their passports.


I hold a permanent resident of Canada card with a British passport that expires in May. I am travelling to Cuba on April 20th for a weeks holiday and have been told my passports needs at least 6 months left to travel, is this right and if so what do I do now as

For Cuba your passport only needs to be valid for one month after your date of entry.


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.


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