If you are immigrating to Canada, you do not need to apply for a permanent resident card (PR card). We will mail your card to you after you get to Canada.
If you did not provide your Canadian mailing address when you became a permanent resident, you must send us your Canadian address using our online tool within 180 days of becoming a permanent resident.
Apply for a PR card
Replace or renew a PR card
You can get another card if you card has:
- expired or will soon expire, or
- been lost, stolen or destroyed.
Apply urgently for a PR card
If you will be leaving Canada soon and need a PR card quickly, you can apply for urgent processing of a PR card. Please note that sometimes we cannot grant all requests.
Apply for corrections if there is a mistake on your card
If there is a mistake or something is missing on your PR card, you can apply for a reissued PR card. There is limited space for your name on a PR card.
For cards issued before November 21, 2015:
- first name: 15 letters or less
- last name: 20 letters or less
If your name on your PR card is shortened to the first 15 or 20 letters, it is not a mistake and it cannot be changed.
For cards issued on or after November 21, 2015:
- first name: 28 letters or less
- last name: 28 letters or less
If either name on your PR card is shortened to the first 28 letters, it is not a mistake and it cannot be changed.
Get help if you are outside Canada without a PR card
We do not send PR cards outside of Canada. Learn how to return to Canada without a PR card because:
- you do not have a PR card (or did not bring it with you),
- it has expired, or
- it has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
- What happens if my PR card expires while I am outside Canada?
- I’m a new permanent resident of Canada. Do I need to apply for a PR card?
- How long will it take to process my PR card?
- I need to leave Canada and I do not have a PR card. Can I later re-enter Canada?
- How do I renew my permanent resident card?
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