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What documents should I send with my application for a citizenship certificate (also known as proof of citizenship)?

When you apply for a citizenship certificate, you must include supporting documents. See Documents You Must Send With Your Application for the complete list.

If you are applying for a citizenship certificate for the first time, you must send original documents or certified photocopies. If you are applying for a replacement certificate, you can send photocopies of your documents.

If you are a Canadian citizen because you were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent, you will have to provide:

  • A birth certificate that was issued by the government in the country where you were born and that lists your parents’ names;
  • Evidence that one parent was a Canadian citizen at the time of your birth.

If you were born in Canada, the birth certificate issued by the province or territory where you were born is your proof of Canadian citizenship.

Birth certificates issued by the Government of Quebec before January 1, 1994, are no longer accepted when you apply for a citizenship certificate. For more information, contact the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec.

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