Passports in general

Passport validity

How long is a passport valid for?

The validity period for passports varies depending on the age of the passport holder including, but not limited to the following scenarios:

  • Adult (16 years of age or over): 5 or 10 years, depending on the chosen validity period
  • Children (0 to 15 years of age): 5 years
I have a valid passport. When can I apply for a new passport?

If you want to renew your passport using the simplified renewal process, it must have less than 12 months' validity remaining.

Exception: If your passport is full or you wish to replace your non-electronic passport with an ePassport, you can submit a simplified renewal application even if your current passport has more than 12 months remaining. Please include a letter explaining your reasons with the application.

If you have changed your name, you should apply for a new passport in the same name as your other identification, using the adult general application form.

The unused validity period on your old passport is not transferred to your new passport.

Changing personal information

My name has changed. What should I do?

If you have changed your name on your other identification documents, we recommend you apply for a new passport in the same name, even if your current passport is still valid. Otherwise, you could encounter problems and delays at border crossings.

For any name change, you must apply for a new passport by submitting a complete adult general passport application (you cannot use the renewal process). You must pay the full fee when you apply for a passport in your new name.

All travel arrangements should be made in the name reflected on your passport. Check with the authorities in the destination country to find out if any other documentation will be required.

How do I change the address on my passport?

To change your address, cross out the old address on page 4 and write the new one in the space above the old address. Do not use correction fluid. If there is not enough room on the page, write the new information on a separate piece of paper and tuck it into the passport. A change of address does not invalidate a passport.

My appearance has changed. What should I do?

If your appearance has changed substantially, we recommend you obtain a new passport, even if your passport is still valid. The photo should accurately identify you when you present your passport to border officials. This prevents you from experiencing difficulties when travelling outside of Canada.

To change your passport photo, you must apply for a new passport and pay the applicable fees.

There is a mistake in the spelling of my name on page 2. What do I do?

If your name is spelled incorrectly on your passport, you should contact us immediately.

How do I change the emergency contact information on my passport?

To change your emergency contact information, cross out the old contact on page 4 of the passport and write the new one in the space provided. Do not use correction fluid. If there is not enough room on the page, write the new information on a separate piece of paper and tuck it in the passport.

Lost, Stolen or damaged passport

My passport was lost/stolen/damaged. What should I do?

You must inform us immediately of any lost or stolen travel document.

In Canada, call us at 1-800-567-6868 to report the circumstances of the loss or theft.

Outside Canada, report the loss or theft to the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.

Learn more about lost, stolen, found, damaged or inaccessible passports.

Passport of a deceased person

What should I do with the passport of a deceased person?

If the passport is valid, it should be returned by mail to Canada’s Passport Program for cancellation at the following address:

Passport Program
Gatineau QC  K1A 0G3
Canada

Please include a copy of the death certificate and a letter indicating if the cancelled passport should be securely destroyed or returned to you.

An expired passport does not need to be returned. However, if a family wishes to have an expired passport securely destroyed by the Passport Program, please send a note requesting its destruction with a copy of the death certificate to the above address.

Passport standards and specifications

Can I add more pages to my passport?

No, it is not possible to add pages to your Canadian passport. If your valid passport is filled with visas or entry-exit stamps, you must apply for a new passport.

Who develops standards and specifications about passports?

There is an international organization called the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), that develops standards and specifications about passports and other issues concerning the safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation around the world. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations, and was created in 1947.

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