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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.
if a passport expires on April 16, is it still valid on April 16 or is the last full day it is valid actually April 15?

It is still valid on the day it expires.


My daughter’s Canadian passport expires on April 16. During that time we will be in the United States. Will she have a problem coming back using her Nexus card on April 17?

If you are flying, your daughter will not be allowed to enter the US if her passport expires before your planned date of departure. However, the NEXUS Card is sometimes acceptable as a passport replacement when driving across the border.


Do I need my husbands permission to take our kids out of the country if he is not joining us?

Yes, you need written permission from him.


my daughter is 16 years of age. We are applying for her first adult passport, and hope to do the express service at our local passport office (I checked and they offer this).Will my daughter need to be with me when we apply for the passport?Also, she was born in Canada, has an expired passport (expired last July) but no other photo ID. Will the expired passport suffice for the photo?

You can drop off the passport forms for her, since you live in the same household.

She will need a valid, government-issued photo ID to apply, however.


I am half canadian and live in UK. Can I get a canadian passport

If your Canadian parent was born in Canada or naturalized in Canada you can apply for a Canadian passport. You will need a Canadian citizenship certificate to prove your citizenship. You can get one with your parent’s birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate and your birth certificate listing your parent.


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?

No, your son will need a valid government-issued photo ID to apply for his first adult passport. If he is not getting a driver’s license, he’ll need to get a provincial photo ID card.


i need to renew our passports. my son will be turning 16 soon and we don’t anticipate using the passport until after he turns 16. can i apply for an adult passport for him now?

No. Your son must be 16 to apply for an adult passport. That’s the rule. It’s not “almost 16.”


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.


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