Determine your eligibility - Proof of citizenship

Any Canadian citizen may apply for a citizenship certificate.

You can apply if you want to:

  • confirm your status as a citizen,
  • update your certificate or
  • replace a lost, destroyed or stolen certificate.

If you were born in Canada

  • You may apply for a citizenship certificate. However, in most cases, you should be able to use your birth certificate from a province or territory to prove your citizenship.
  • You cannot use your birth certificate as proof of citizenship if you were:
    • born in Canada after February 14, 1977, and
    • when you were born, your parents were not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and
    • at least one parent had status as a diplomat in Canada.

If you were born in Canada before February 15, 1977, and to a parent with diplomatic status, please contact us to find out if your birth certificate is valid as proof of citizenship.

If you were born outside Canada

  • We will give you a citizenship certificate if you take the steps needed to become a Canadian citizen.
  • You can also apply for a certificate if you were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent and you meet all the conditions:
    • use the online tool to find out if you are a Canadian citizen and
    • find out more about who is a citizen under the rules that took effect on April 17, 2009.
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