Apply - Proof of citizenship

If you are a Canadian citizen, use these steps to apply for a citizenship certificate.

1. Get an application package

The application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out. Download and print the application package.

Use the 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:

  1. online (preferred option)
  2. at a financial institution in Canada
  3. 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

If you live in Canada or the United States, mail your filled-out application form and all documents to this address:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Case Processing Centre—Proof
P.O. Box 10000
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 7C1

If you live outside Canada and outside the United States, your application form and all documents must go to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate that serves your area. The website for the embassy, high commission or consulate will explain how to submit your application and documents—by mail, dropping it off in person, etc.

Processing time

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

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