You might need proof of Canadian citizenship to:
- get a passport,
- get a driver’s licence or other identity card,
- get a job,
- get government services, such as health care or a pension, or
- get a Social Insurance Number so you can work.
A Canadian citizenship certificate is an 8½ x 11-inch paper document that proves you are a Canadian citizen. It has:
- the certificate number,
- your Unique Client Identifier,
- your name,
- your date of birth,
- your gender and
- the date you became a Canadian citizen.
It is not a travel document. You need to get a Canadian passport to travel outside Canada.
Determine your eligibility
Learn if you are eligible to apply.
Apply for a citizenship certificate
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.
After you apply: get next steps
Learn what you should do after you apply.
Search citizenship records
A search of records can confirm if we issued you a citizenship certificate or not.
Example of citizenship certificate
Example of the new citizenship certificate, available as of March 31, 2013, or when old stock is gone:
Citizenship certificates issued before March 31, 2013, are still valid.
Examples of the older citizenship certificates:
Other documents accepted as proof of citizenship
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept these documents as proof of citizenship:
- birth certificates from a Canadian province or territory, unless
- 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, to a parent with diplomatic status, contact us to find out if your birth certificate is valid proof of citizenship),
- naturalization certificates (issued before January 1, 1947),
- registration of birth abroad certificates (issued between January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977, inclusive), and
- certificates of retention (issued between January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977, inclusive).
If the proof of citizenship listed above is not accepted by another government department or agency, a Canadian passport can be used to support that you have Canadian citizenship. However, just having a passport is not enough to prove you have Canadian citizenship.