Determine your eligibility – Proof of citizenship

Any Canadian citizen may apply for a citizenship certificate. For minors (under 18 years old), their parent or legal guardian must apply for them.

You should apply if you want to:

  • make sure that you or a minor is a Canadian citizen,
  • have proof that shows you or a minor is a Canadian citizen,
  • update your certificate (e.g., a legal name change), or
  • replace a lost, destroyed or stolen certificate.

We have stopped issuing citizenship cards

As of February 1, 2012, the citizenship certificate replaced the plastic wallet sized citizenship card as proof of citizenship. We no longer give out citizenship cards or the commemorative certificates that came with them. If you apply to update or replace your citizenship card, we will send you a citizenship certificate.

Get a certificate for someone born in Canada

A provincial or territorial birth certificate should be enough to prove Canadian citizenship. We list what other documents we accept as proof of Canadian citizenship. However, you may still apply for a citizenship certificate for you or a minor.

Get a certificate for someone born outside Canada

Some people born outside Canada to a Canadian parent became citizens at birth. However, not all children of Canadians born outside Canada automatically become Canadian citizens. Use the “Am I Canadian?” tool to find out if you or your child is a Canadian citizen. You can also learn who became a Canadian citizen under changes that took effect on April 17, 2009.

If you or a minor child is a citizen who was born outside of Canada, you may apply for a citizenship certificate.

If you are not sure if you are a citizen or not, applying for a citizenship certificate is the official way to see if you have Canadian citizenship.

If you apply for and receive Canadian citizenship (called “naturalization”), you will receive a citizenship certificate at your citizenship ceremony. You do not need to apply for one.

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