Applications to obtain new or replacement passports can either be downloaded and printed from the internet, picked up from our offices, or may be mailed to you.
Canadians living abroad who meet specific eligibility criteria may apply for a new Canadian passport through the simplified renewal application process. Download the Adult Simplified Renewal Abroad Passport Application (PDF*, 372 KB). The fees and processing times are the same as for a regular passport application.
The normal processing time for new passports is 20 working days after submission of a fully completed application with supporting documentation
Canadian passports are issued for a maximum period of five or ten years (for an adult 16 years of age or over) and five years (for a child under 16 years of age). There are no extensions beyond the five or 10 year validity.
When your current passport has expired, is within 12 months of expiring, or if all visa pages are full, you should apply for a new passport as some countries require 6 months validity on your current passport before permitting you to enter. If you do not have upcoming plans for travel, you may submit an application for a new Canadian passport at any time allowing 20 working days for processing.
Please submit the following to obtain a new passport:
Applications may be submitted:
Upon completion, your passport will be returned to you via registered mail unless you include with your application an alternate method of return for your documents (self-addressed platinum express post envelope or pre-paid courier satchel).
If you do not have your proof of Canadian citizenship or if you have lost your proof of Canadian citizenship, you should have the document replaced as soon as possible and, if possible, defer your immediate travel plans. After you have submitted for a replacement of your proof of Canadian citizenship, if your travel plans cannot be deferred, you may submit a fully completed passport application along with all other supporting documentation as well as your proof of need for travel. Our passport officers will assess your case and determine the necessity of issuing a limited validity passport to meet your travel needs. Limited validity passports issued after February 1st, 2009, cannot be extended. Please provide your proof of travel, itinerary and/or airline ticket, as supporting documentation to assess your case.
Prior to enactment of the existing Citizenship Act, which became effective on February 15, 1977, it was possible to lose Canadian citizenship if you acquired citizenship of another country either by birth or through naturalization. At that time, there was no recognition of "dual citizenship." Therefore, you are required to answer this question in order to provide information on your current citizenship status.
For example: If you were born in Australia in 1965 and you became a Canadian citizen in 1979, your answer to this question would be "Yes" and you would place a check mark in the box next to "By Birth." Your answer is "Yes" because at the time of your birth, you were not a Canadian citizen and you did not become a Canadian citizen until 1979. Therefore, you must have been a citizen of another country before February 15, 1977. The effective date of acquiring that citizenship would be "By Birth" (your birth date).