How long is a Canadian passport valid?
Your Canadian passport is valid for 5 years. However, you must ensure it is valid for at least 6 months past your dates of travel. If your passport is expiring in less than 6 months, you should renew it before leaving Canada.
How much does it cost to apply for a passport in Canada?*
Adult passport $87
Child passport (3-15 years old) $37
Child passport(3 years and under) $22
Passport for a Canadian living in the U.S. $97
* Prices shown are for application fees only and do not include the cost of services provided by CanadaPassporthelp.ca
Who can I use as references on my passport application?
Any two persons who are NOT relatives and have known you for at least 2 years.
How long will it take to get my passport after I apply?
Processing times vary depending on the volume of applications. The average time for a mailed-in application is 4 weeks. If the application is submitted in person at the passport office, it may take around 2 weeks.
Do I need to send in my birth certificate when applying for a passport renewal?
No, you do not. However you must send in your current passport.
Who can act as my guarantor?
A person who currently holds a valid Canadian passport and who has known you for at least 2 years.
What is a guarantor?
A guarantor is someone who has known you for at least two years, holds a valid Canadian Passport and must be 16 years of age when their passport was issued.
What if I do not have a birth certificate?
To be eligible for a Canadian Passport you must have proof of Canadian Citizenship. This includes a birth certificate issued by a province and Citizenship card.
If you have lost your citizenship card, what do you do?
You must obtain a new one by contacting www.cic.gc.ca
How long is a passport valid for?
A Canadian Passport is valid for five years.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, if you are traveling by air or by car to the U.S. or internationally you must have a passport. If it is within Canada is it recommended.
Can I apply for a passport at a consulate or embassy?
If your passport was lost or stolen you can visit the closest consulate where they may issue a temporary one so may travel back into Canada.
Are Canadian passport photos the same as U.S. passport photos?
No. The photo size, coloring, and image may differ.