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Do I need a guarantor to get my passport?

If you already hold a Canadian passport and you reside in Canada you do not need a guarantor; you can apply for a renewed passport using the Simplified Renewal Application.

If you are applying for your first Canada passport, you must have a guarantor to verify your identity. The guarantor must sign and complete the section of the application form labeled “Declaration of Guarantor,” certify one of your passport photos and in some cases sign and date documents to support your identity.

Who can I use as a guarantor for my Canadian passport application?

  • A guarantor must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or over who holds a valid adult passport or one that expired less than a year before you submit your passport application.
  • The guarantor must have been at least 16 years old when they applied for their current passport.
  • They must have known you personally for at least two years. If the guarantor is certifying your child’s passport they must have knowledge of the child and have known you, the parent for at least two years.
  • They must reside in Canada, the USA or Bermuda.
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