How long is a Canadian passport valid?

An adult Canadian passport is valid for 5 or 10 years.  A child passport is valid for 5 years.

When I could renew my Passport?

You may renew your passport if:

  •  Your passport expired in the last year
  •  Your passport is expiring in the next 7 months
  •  Your passport pages are full
  •  To renew your US visa or residency your passport must be renewed

How much does it cost to apply for a passport from the U.S.A?*

  • Adult 5-years passport $190
  • Adult 10-year passport $260
  • Child passport $100

* Prices shown are for application fees only and do not include the cost of services provided by CanadaPassportHelp.ca


As of July 1, 2013 Passport Canada’s new fees came into effect with the introduction of the ePassport. In addition to the fee you paid when you registered online, you must complete the credit card section of the application. This fee includes the cost of your new ePassport, shipping and handling of your new passport with international FedEx, as well as the consular services fee of C$25. Based on the type of passport you need, you must pay the fee listed below.

1. Adult 5-years Passport $190

2. Adult 10-year passport $260

3. Child passport $100

Who can I use as references on my passport application?

Any two persons who are NOT relatives and who 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, you can obtain your passport in 24 hours.

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?

The guarantor is a person other than yourself who confirms your identity and has known you for more than two years. The guarantor must be accessible to Passport Canada for verification. Your guarantor must perform free of charge the following three (3) tasks:

  1.  Complete and sign the “Declaration of Guarantor” section of the passport application form.
  2.  Write, “I certify this to be a true likeness of (your name)” on the back of one of the passport photo and sign it.
  3. Sign and date a copy of each document to support your identity.

Who can act as a Professional US guarantor?

A person who is a citizen of Canada or the USA and who has known you for at least 2 years.The guarantor shall be included in one (1) of the following groups:

  • Dentist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Chiropractor
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Lawyer
  • Judge Or Magistrate
  • Police Officer
  • Notary Public (notarial seal must appear on the application form)
  • Signing officer of a bank or trust company, or of a financial institution that offers the full range of banking services (cash withdrawals, deposits and savings)

Do I need to send in my birth certificate when applying for a passport renewal?

No, for passport renewals you do not need to send your birth certificate.

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 or a Canadian Citizenship card issued by the Federal Government. If you don’t have your birth certificate, we could help you to obtain one.

If you have lost your citizenship card, what do you do?

You must obtain a new one. If you don’t have your Citizenship Card, we could help you to obtain one.

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?

Canadian Consulates in US provide a very limited passport service. If your passport was lost or stolen you can visit the closest consulate where they may issue a temporary one so you can travel back into Canada.

Are Canadian passport photos the same as U.S. passport photos?

No. The photo size, coloring, and image may differ. Canadian Passport pictures must be based on the Canadian bio-metric standards.

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