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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.
I reside in the US…How long will it take to process my Canadian passport renewal application? How ( with what courier service ) will my new passport be sent to me in the US?

20 calendar days from the date they receive the application.

The passport will be mailed to your address through regular mail.

On the adult Simplified Renewal passport application form: Does the request for my mother’s maiden name mean that I should include her first and last name at birth or just her last name at birth?

Her full legal name should be included.

can my renewed Canadian passport be delivered to my po box address in the US?

Passport Canada normally will not send passports to PO Boxes.

can i renew my passport if i am 92 years old

Yes, there is no age limit.

Can I apply for a passport in Canada if my grandchildren were born and live in Vietnam. Their father(my son) is born in Canada

You can only apply for a Canadian passport if you are a Canadian citizen. You cannot inherit a Canadian passport through a son or grandchild.

I’m a Canadian working in the USA on a TNVisa. Would like to renew my passport via mail. I don’t want to send in my old passport, in case I need to travel. How do i do this?

If you submit your passport application using only your birth certificate that application will require references and a guarantor and will take longer to process.

Can i get a passport on odsp


I am travelling to Czech Republic at the end of April for 3 weeks, and my passport expires in Oct 2017, which will be just under 6 months from expiry date. Should I renew before I leave?

Yes, renew to be safe.

Going to Florida THIS WEEK,Tuesday was the plan,Just realized My passport expired end of March,, Can I GO TO fREDERICTON renew the passport and gget it that. Emergency!!!

Canada Post provides same day emergency service if you can drop off the application and pick it up in person.

Not all locations offer emergency service, though, so try calling first.

Do I have to have a Canadaian passport I am British and Canadian resident in U.K. For last 22 years and travel to Canada on ,my British passport Do I now hav to have a Canadian one as well?

If you are a Canadian citizen you now need a Canadian passport to travel to Canada.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you can travel to Canada with your British passport and an ETA.

My Canadian passport expires in October 2017. I am going to Hawaii in May 2017. Should I get it renewed before I go?

No, usually Canadians are allowed to enter the US without additional validity left on the passport provided you are leaving the US before your passport expires.

my friend had a stroke and cant sign the form to renew his passport. he lives outside canada now. how can he get his passport renewed

Your friend should contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for assistance. If he cannot do it himself, someone with him needs to do it. The Canadian diplomatic mission can provide advice on what can be done for him to complete the passport application.

My son is 17 which passport form does he use to renew his passport, child or adult?

Your son needs to apply for a Canadian passport using the regular (adult) passport form.

Brother was born in Canada Mother was born in England. Brother has a current Canadian passport. since he attained this passport he became a British citizen… He lives in England and is a citizen can he still travel on his Canadian passport or does he have to attain a British one and forfeit his Canadian one?

Both countries allow dual citizenship. He can keep both passports. He doesn’t have to do anything.

My Daughters passport is expired on April 30. We were planning to travel to Europe for a visit on the 27 of April and be back May 2. Is there any chance I could get her passport renewed in time?

Yes, if you live close enough to a Passport Canada office you can go to in person, you can apply for Urgent Processing.

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