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I have Citizenship card issued when I was a minor. I have photocopy of card showing the number but not the date of issue. It was used to obtain a new Canadian passport which expired in 2012. I would like a citizenship card as an adult and to renew my Canadian passport. I am an Australian citizen and hold an Australian passport

If you were born in Australia, you will need to use the citizenship card to apply for the new citizenship certificate and the passport. (Citizenship cards were retired in 2012.) If you have only the photocopy you may have to provide other evidence of citizenship, such as a Search of Citizenship Records.

If you were born in Canada you can use your birth certificate.

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I m not Canadian born. I lost my passport, I can’t find my citizenship card nor driver license or SIN card. I m not in Canada. What should I do n which application form should be use?

You need to apply for a replacement citizenship certificate but you need to make it clear that you are applying for it in order to apply for your passport. It could help to include information about passport requirements from your local Embassy/Consulate or a letter of explanation stating that you need to apply for a passport because you lost it.

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My husband needs to replace his drivers license but needs a Certificate of Citizenship to do so. The one he has is not accepted any more by BC Motor Vehicles. He has paid for and received a proof of citizenship letter, but they say that is not acceptable as proof of citizenship. Request for replacement Citizenship Certificate denied without picture ID. He is caught in a never ending circle. Any suggestions?

Something weird is happening here. We suggest speaking to an RCIC or lawyer if BC Motor Vehicles continues to refuse to recognize his Citizenship Card or Verification of Status.

Here are some potential options:

  1. He can get a BC Provincial Photo ID Card so he can apply for his Citizenship Certificate.
  2. Alternatively, he can print off information from IRCC’s website stating that the Citizenship Card is acceptable proof. He should be prepared to call IRCC at 1-888-242-2100 when this explanation is rejected. Hopefully he can get the person from BC Motor Vehicles to speak to the person from IRCC so they can understand he is a citizen.
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