How to Get a Canadian Passport

A Canadian passport proves your identity and citizenship, and you need one if you wish to travel abroad. If you plan on leaving Canada, make sure you allow at least 2 months for your Canadian passport application to process.


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    Visit the Passport Canada website to obtain a passport application. If you are 16 years or older, you need form PPTC 153. If you are under the age of 16, you need form PPTC 155. A simplified renewal form, PPTC 054, is also available on the Passport Canada website.
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    Fill out the form in its entirety by following the included directions.
    • You must provide your personal information, such as your name, address, place of birth, and phone number, indicate whether you have had any Canadian travel documents previously, and sign a declaration of guarantor.
    • The application contains 3 pages, all of which you must sign within 12 months of submission.
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    Hire a commercial photographer to take 2 identical pictures of yourself. The photos are only valid if:
    • The photos clearly show your face in uniform lighting.
    • The photos are printed on photographic paper that is 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide by 2-3/4 inches high. You cannot use heavy-weight paper.
    • The name and address of the studio or photographer and the date of the photo are written on the back.
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    Obtain your birth certificate and citizenship papers.
    • If you were born in Canada, you need your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. Write the registration or certificate number and the date of issue on your Canadian passport application form.
    • If you were born outside of Canada, you need the certificate number and date of issue from your certificate of Canadian citizenship, naturalization, registration or birth abroad, or retention of Canadian citizenship.
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    Include at least 1 document that supports your identity with your application. The name you have written on the Canadian passport application form must match that on the document you submit. You can use your driver's license, health care card, or Old Age Security card. The documents must be original and they will be returned to you.
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    Enclose any Canadian travel document or passport that you have received within the last 5 years with your application.
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    Pay the application fee mentioned on the form. The fee is subject to change, so make sure you have the most recent application form. You can pay Passport Canada with credit card, certified check or money order, or a debit card. The fee is non-refundable.
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    Apply for your Canadian passport.
    • Apply by mail. Send the documents and fee to: Passport Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Gatineau QC K1A 0G3. If you are sending your application by courier, send it to Passport Canada, 22 de Varennes Street, Gatineau, QC J8T 8R1. Passport Canada recommends using service that enables you to trace your mail because you are sending valuable personal information.
    • Apply in person by visiting a Passport Canada regional office, a participating Service Canada Center, or a participating Canada Post Office. Information on processing locations is included on the application form and on the Passport Canada website.


  • You can contact Passport Canada by calling (800) 567-6969 to obtain current processing times for Canadian passports.


  • You may not be allowed to get a Canadian passport if you have a criminal record regardless of where you committed the crime but this varies by province. You should ask the Citizenship and Immigration of Canada department on whether they will give passports to those who have criminal records.

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