If you are a Canadian citizen, use these steps to apply for a citizenship certificate. For minors (under 18 years old), their parent or legal guardian must apply for them. If you are applying for a minor, remember that the questions apply to the minor.
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.
1. Get an application package
Download and print the application for a citizenship certificate (adults and minors). It includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.
Use the instruction guide to help you fill out the forms correctly.
You must fill out all the forms and include all documents listed in the document checklist in the application package. Missing information or documents can delay your application.
The first time you apply
If this is the first time you are applying, you will need to send the original, or a clear and easy–to-read copy, of all documents. Copies must be certified. This means a person approved by CIC must compare the original document to the copy and confirm that they are the same. You can find more information about this in Part 1 of the application guide.
If documents are not in English or French, you will need:
- the original documents, or clear and easy–to-read certified copies,
- a translation of them and
- a sworn statement from the person who did the translation.
We cannot accept translations by family members.
If you have applied before
If you have had a citizenship or naturalization certificate in the past, you must send all originals you had before, as well as any pink transmission copies you still have. You can still send photocopies of all other needed documents.
2. Pay the application fee
You must pay the application fee in Canadian funds only. We will not refund the fee. Make sure you are eligible for a citizenship certificate before you apply.
There are three ways you can pay your fees:
- online (preferred option)
- at a financial institution in Canada
- at the Canadian consular mission (embassy, high commission or consulate) that serves your area.
The instruction guide has more detailed information on how to pay your fee.
3. Submit the application
Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.
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