A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document for Canadians who travel abroad. Issued to Canadian citizens only, a Canadian passport reflects the identity of the applicant as determined by documentary evidence of citizenship and documents to support identity.
The Application Process
Canadians 16 years of age or over must submit the Adult General Passport Appliction to obtain a passport. Children under 16 years of age must submit the Child General Passport Application and have an individual passport.
You can apply to obtain a Canadian passport either in person or by mail.
Application forms are available at:
- a Passport Canada service location;
- a participating Canada Post office; and
- a participating Service Canada Centre.
Service locations are listed on the website at www.passportcanada.gc.ca.
Canadians living in the USA who require a passport must contact the nearest Canadian government office. Canadian government offices in the USA are listed on the website at www.passportcanada.gc.ca.
To apply by mail, the application form must be completed and sent to the following address:
By Mail By Courier
Passport Canada Passport Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada 22 de VarennesBuilding, 22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, QC Gatineau, QC
K1A 0G3 J8T 8R1
What Other Documents are Required
The applicant must submit the following documents together with the completed and signed application form:
- two (2) identical passport photos taken within the last 12 months;
- proof of Canadian citizenship (no copies or certified copies);
- documents to support identity;
- any Canadian passport or travel document issued to the applicant within the last five (5) years; and
- an application form and one of the photos certified by a guarantor.
Other Important Information
Each applicant must have an eligible passport guarantor. A guarantor is a person other than yourself who can confirm your identity. The applicant must know the guarantor for at least two (2) years.
More information regarding the eligibility of a guarantor can be found on the websitewww.passportcanada.gc.ca.
Fees and the Processing Times
For Canadians living in Canada the application fee is $87 Canadian dollars. For Canadians living in the USAthe application fee is $97 Canadian dollars.
Every person requesting a passport must pay the fee. This fee is non-refundable.
The current processing times are from 10 to 20 business days.
Refusal or Revocation of Passport
Passport Canada may refuse to issue a passport to, and may revoke the passport of a person who disobeys the Canadian Passport Order. The grounds for refusal are:
- providing false information in the passport application process;
- being charged with a commission of serious offence;
- being convicted of a passport offence under the Criminal Code or the equivalent abroad;
- using the passport to commit a serious offence in Canada or abroad;
- permitting another person to use the passport; or
- obtaining the passport by means of false or misleading information.
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