Check processing times for passport services

Find out how long it takes for the Passport Program to process your passport application. Processing times begin once we have received a complete application. They are based on how you applied and whether you requested express or urgent service.

Processing times do not include mailing time.

Passport applications submitted in Canada

Application submitted:

  • In person at a passport office: 10 business days
  • In person at a Service Canada or Canada Post receiving agent: 20 business days
  • By mail: 20 business days

Travel document applications submitted in Canada

Processing time for travel documents: 20 business days

Urgent and express service submitted at a passport office

Urgent and express services are not available at all locations. Check the service location map to find out which passport offices offer express and urgent service. For urgent or express service, you must apply in person and proof of upcoming travel may be required for express service. Additional fees also apply.

  • Urgent pick-up: By the end of the next business day
  • Express pick-up: 2 to 9 business days

Applications submitted in the United States

Unless you come to Canada and submit your application at a passport office or receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post) service location, you can only submit a passport application from the United States by mail.

Processing time for mailed applications from the United States: 20 business days

If you need a passport urgently or in exceptional circumstances (illness, death), contact the nearest Government of Canada consular office. Additional fees apply.

Applications submitted outside Canada and the United States

Unless you come to Canada and submit your application at a passport office, you must submit your application to the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

Processing time for applications submitted outside Canada: 20 business days

If you need a passport urgently or in exceptional circumstances (illness, death), contact the nearest Government of Canada consular office. Additional fees apply.

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