Applying for a passport

Passport renewal

Are children eligible for passport renewal?

No. You must use the general passport application for children. The renewal process does not let us do the security checks needed for children less than 16 years of age to protect them from international abductions.

What is the renewal process?

The renewal process is available for adults who were issued a passport in the last six years and don’t need to change their name, date of birth, place of birth, or sex and the passport has never been lost/stolen/damaged. The process lets them renew their passport:

  • using a shorter form
  • without resubmitting citizenship and ID documents
  • without a guarantor requirement on the form or photos

The processing times and fees are the same for general and renewal applications.

Who can apply to renew their passport?

You are eligible if:

  • you submit a previous Canadian passport that:
    • isn’t damaged
    • was/is valid for five or 10 years
    • was never reported lost or stolen
    • is still valid, or is not expired for more than one year
  • you were at least 16 years of age when you last applied
  • your name, date of birth, place of birth and sex on the application form is exactly as it appears on page two of the submitted passport

Learn more about the renewal process, including what to submit with your application and how you can apply.

Can I renew in 48 hours using the urgent service or within nine business days using the express service?

Yes, but only in person at a passport office.

Why should I renew rather than reapply?

If you are eligible for the renewal process, you only need to submit:

  • a completed renewal application form, which is a shorter form
  • your most recent passport, which must be:
    • not damaged
    • valid for five or 10 years
    • never reported lost or stolen
    • valid, or not expired for more than one year
  • the required fee
  • two recent photos which don’t need to be signed by anyone, but on the back of one photo there must be the:
    • date the photos were taken
    • name and address of the photographer or studio

Unlike the general application process, if you apply through the renewal process, you don’t need to:

  • use a guarantor
  • provide supporting identification
  • submit proof of Canadian citizenship
Do I need to get my photos signed if I apply through the renewal process?

No. You must submit two new photos, but you do not need a guarantor or anyone else to sign them.

However, the back of one photo must have the:

  • date the photos were taken
  • name and address of the photographer or studio
Will you process passport renewal applications faster than general applications?

No. The processing time and cost are the same for both applications.

Why do I have to submit my most recent passport if it has expired?

We use your most recent passport to process your renewal application since you are not providing:

  • proof of citizenship
  • a guarantor declaration
  • supplementary identification

The passport must:

  • still be valid, or expired for no more than one year
  • have been issued with a five or 10 year validity
If my most recent passport was lost, stolen or damaged, am I eligible to renew my passport?

No. You will need to apply using the general application to get a new passport.

We will also need to confirm what happened to your last passport. You will need to complete the Declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document.

I have to send my passport to apply for renewal, but it still has a valid visa. What should I do?

If you submit a passport for renewal that has a valid visa, you must:

  • indicate on the application form that you want the passport returned to you
  • tell us that the visa needs to remain intact by:
    • telling the agent verbally if you apply in person
    • including a letter with an application you submit by mail or at a receiving agent

Application forms with bar codes

What are the benefits of having a bar code on the application form?

The bar code is a digital version of the personal information you enter in section one of the passport application. It allows us to:

  • speed up data entry
  • reduce the number of errors
What information is in the bar code?

The information in the bar code includes your:

  • surname (last name)
  • given name(s)
  • surname (last name) at birth
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • address of permanent residence
  • mailing address
Why does the bar code change into a big grey box?

The bar code changes into a big grey box when you enter more data than the bar code can hold.

If this happens, continue to fill out the form, print and submit the application. We will enter the information manually.

Documents to include with your application

What document is proof of immigration status in Canada?
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Protected Person Status Document
  • Temporary Resident Permit
  • Notice of Decision (NOD) from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
  • IRCC Verification of Status (VOS) document
Do I need to include my expired passport or travel document?

If you apply to renew your passport, you need to enclose any Canadian travel document issued to you within the last six years.

If you want us to return the cancelled passport to you, indicate this on the application form in section two. If you do not indicate your choice or do not want your passport back, we will securely destroy the submitted passport.

If you apply using the general passport application, you don’t need to return an expired passport or travel document.

When applying for a Canadian travel document, can I submit a document in a language other than English or French?

Yes, but you must submit the original document(s) and an acceptable translation of the document in English or French.

A certified translator must do the translation and it must include their:

  • translator's stamp or
  • membership number from a professional translation association

If we question the accuracy of the translation, we can ask for a new translation. See translation requirements for more information.

Can I include photocopies of my supporting identification?

Yes. You must:

  • photocopy both sides of the document
  • have your guarantor sign and date all of the photocopies to show that they have seen the originals

You can also submit the original document and we will return it to you. If you are applying in person, the agent may review your document and return it to you right away.

Do I need to include my valid passport?

Yes, you must submit your valid passport with your application.

You can even use a previous Canadian passport as supporting identification as long as:

  • it is still valid or has expired within the past year
  • it is the original passport (we will not accept photocopies)
  • the name on the passport and the application are the same
Do I need to submit my original proof of citizenship?

Yes, if you apply using the general passport application. We don’t accept signed photocopies of your proof of citizenship.

We will return all documents that you submit with your application once we have verified them. If you are applying in person at a passport office, the agent may review your document and return it to you right away.

If you qualify to renew your passport, you do not need to submit your original proof of citizenship.

Passport photos

Does a commercial photographer have to take my passport photos?

Yes, a commercial photographer must take your photos. On the back of one photo, the photographer must stamp the:

  • date the photos were taken
  • name and complete address of the photo studio

Also on the back of one photo, your guarantor must clearly write: "I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant's or child’s name)" and sign his or her name. You don’t need the guarantor certification if you are renewing a passport.

The two identical passport photos must have been taken within six months of when you submit your application.

What are the photo requirements for a baby?

Child photos must follow the same rules as for all passport photos. Photos must show the child's head and shoulders only. The parent's hands or arms must not be seen in the picture.

For newborn babies, the photo may be taken while the child is sitting in a car seat, as long as:

  • a white blanket is placed over the seat behind their head
  • there aren’t shadows:
    • around the ears
    • in the background
    • on the face or shoulders

We know getting a photo of a newborn with a neutral expression can be hard. We will allow for some infant facial expressions.

Can I submit colour photos for my passport?

Yes. Photos can be in colour or in black and white.

Can I keep my glasses on while having my photos taken?

You can wear glasses as long as:

  • your eyes are clearly visible
  • there isn’t any glare on the lenses

We don’t accept sunglasses, tinted eye glasses or photos where there is the red-eye effect.

What if I live in the USA and photographers do not have the required stamp?

The photographer must write the name and complete address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken on the back of one photo.

Passport fees

How much does it cost to get a Canadian passport or travel document?

There are different fees for:

If I pay an additional fee, can I speed up the issuing process of my passport?

Yes. You must apply in person at a passport office to ask for faster service. This includes:

  • pick-up service
    • 10 business days
    • additional fee of $20
  • express pick-up service
    • 2 to 9 business days
    • additional fee of $50
  • urgent pick-up service
    • by the end of the next business day
    • additional fee of $110

For urgent service (and could be required for express service), you need proof of travel, such as:

  • an airline, bus or train ticket
  • a travel itinerary showing proof of payment
  • a written statement, if travelling by car (acceptance is at the discretion of the passport officer)

If you plan to travel within the next 20 business days, apply in person at a passport office.

Canadians outside Canada who need urgent travel services must contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

What should I do if the credit card information on my application is no longer valid?

You don’t need to contact us. A passport officer will contact you if they need a new credit card for your passport application.

Do you recommend paying a third party to get or file a passport application?

No. You can get all forms for free through this website or at any passport office. Contact us if you need help filling out your application form or with any part of the process.

Submitting your application

Who can submit a passport application in person on my behalf?

When applying in person, it’s best that you submit your application yourself. However, if this is not possible, a third party can submit the application if they:

  • show identification
  • are 16 years of age or older
  • are your
    • parent
    • child
    • parent's spouse or common-law partner
    • child's spouse or common-law partner
    • brother or sister
    • half-brother or half-sister
    • stepbrother or stepsister
    • spouse or common-law partner
    • relatives of your spouse or common-law partner, including their:
      • parent
      • child
      • parent's spouse or common-law partner
      • child's spouse or common-law partner
      • brother or sister
      • half-brother or half-sister
      • stepbrother or stepsister

In all cases, the passport official must be able to verify the information on the application with the third party. If the third party cannot validate your information, we can refuse your application.

The people in the list above may or may not live at the same address as you. In all cases, the person must show identification. If the identification does not prove that the person lives with you, they must also bring a written statement signed by you, authorizing them to submit your passport application.

Any relative living at your address can also submit an application on your behalf if they:

  • are 16 years of age or older
  • show identification that confirms where they live
    • if their identification doesn’t have an address, they will need to show other documentation to prove they live at the same address as you

We do not accept urgent or express applications submitted by a third party.

Where can I submit my passport application?

It depends on where you are submitting the application:

Does my child need to be present when I submit his or her passport application?

The parent is the applicant on all passport applications for a child under 16, not the child. This means the child doesn’t need to be present when the parent submits the application.

A child under the age of 16 can’t submit an application.

If I am applying in person at a passport office, will you keep my original documents (i.e. birth certificate)?

No. Once a passport officer has examined your documents, they will give them back to you. However if you are applying at a Receiving Agent, your documents could be kept with your application.

How will you deliver my passport to me?

In Canada: Canada Post courier service delivers passports. If you apply in person at a passport office, you can also choose to pick up your passport (additional fee applies).

In the United States: private courier services deliver passports.

Abroad: contact your nearest Government of Canada office.

What address should I use to send my passport application?

You may submit your passport application by mail or courier. It’s best to use courier services to reduce the delivery time of your application.

If you live in Canada or the US:

Address for mail:

Government of Canada
Passport program
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:

Government of Canada
Passport program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 8R1
Canada

If you live outside Canada or the US

Contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.

May I send all of my family members' applications in one envelope?

Yes, you may send the applications together in one envelope.

Place each application in their own smaller envelopes to make sure that the photos and any supporting documents stay with the proper application.

You may pay once to cover all of the applications you are submitting together.

Processing times

How long will it take to process my passport or travel document application?

Consult our processing times for:

Do you offer urgent passport services?

Canadians in Canada can apply for urgent and express service at a passport office. These services have certain requirements and fees.

Canadians in the US or abroad should contact the nearest Government of Canada office.

What can I use as proof of travel?

You need proof of travel for urgent service. You may also need it for express service.

Some examples of proof of travel are:

  • an airline, bus or train ticket
  • a travel itinerary showing proof of payment
  • a written statement, if traveling by car
    • the validation of the statement is at the Passport Officer's discretion

Nexus Cards

Do I need to update my new passport information for my NEXUS card?

Yes. You need to update your passport information if you are getting a new passport. NEXUS members can access the Global Online Enrollment System to update passport information that is already on file. Find out more at NEXUS Updates to personal information.

Do I need to update my child’s new passport information for their NEXUS card?

Yes. You need to update your child’s passport information if they are getting a new passport. NEXUS members can access the Global Online Enrollment System to update passport information that is already on file. Find out more at NEXUS Updates to personal information..

Date Modified: