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Guarantors and References for Passport and Travel Document Applications

The use of guarantors and references is a security measure that helps confirm the identity of the person applying for a passport or travel document. We might communicate with them during the processing of a passport application.

 

Guarantor:

All non-simplified passport applications require a guarantor who has known the applicant personally for at least two years.

If the passport application is for a child, the guarantor must have known the parent (applicant) for at least two years.

Who may act as your guarantor:

1/ An individual with a valid Canadian passport:

Any individual holding a full validity five- or ten-year Canadian passport that is valid or has been expired for less than one year on the day the applicant submits the application.

This individual must have known the applicant for at least two years. If the passport application is for a child, the guarantor must have personally known the applicant (parent or legal guardian) submitting the application on behalf of the child.

A Canadian citizen 18 years of age or older.

The guarantor must have been 16 years of age at the time he or she applied for his or her current passport.

The guarantor must provide the requested information contained in his or her passport.

The guarantor must be available to speak with the Passport Programme if need be.

Members of the applicant’s family or people residing at the same address as the applicant may act as guarantor, providing they meet the above-mentioned criteria.

N.B.  If you are the parent or legal guardian of the child on behalf of whom you are applying for a passport, you may not be the guarantor. However, the other parent or legal guardian may act as the guarantor, providing he or she meets all other eligibility criteria.

Important!  Any person listed as a reference on the form entitled ‘Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor’ may not also be listed as a reference on the passport application.

2/ Any individual who is a practising member of one of the following professions and who has known you for at least two years:Guarantors who are members of one of the following professional groups must be practising at the time they complete the passport application.

  • Medical Doctor
  • Dean/Head of a university
  • Dentist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Notary
  • Pharmacist
  • Police Officer
  • Veterinarian
  • Signing officer of a bank or a financial institution that offers a complete range of banking services (savings, deposits, withdrawals).

N.B. The guarantor is not required to be a Canadian citizen. However, he or she must be employed in his or her profession in France or in the Principality of Monaco. It is preferable to provide a guarantor the Passport Programme can contact easily, if required, during the processing of the application.

Important! Any person listed as a reference on the form entitled ‘Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor’ may not also be listed as a reference on the passport application.

The guarantor must fulfill the following tasks free of charge:

  • Complete and sign the ‘Declaration of Guarantor’ section in your application form.
  • Write on the back of ONE of the two photos, ‘I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant’s name)’ and sign.
  • If required, sign and date each photocopy of documents provided in order to confirm your identity.

A guarantor’s passport is not considered valid if:

  • it is damaged or inaccessible;
  • it was suspended or revoked;
  • it was declared lost or stolen;
  • it was found and returned to the Passport Programme;
  • it was destroyed by the Passport Programme; or
  • the Passport Programme requested that it be returned.

If you do not have a guarantor because you have not resided in France for more than two years:

  • You must complete the form PPTC 132 – Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor. This form will be provided to you upon request at one of our consular offices.
  • You must complete the form PPTC 132 – Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor in the presence of an official who is authorized by law to administer an oath and have it signed by this official.

 References:In addition to a guarantor, you must provide two references in your passport application form.References:

  • must have known you for at least two years;
  • may not be your guarantor;
  • may not be family members;
  • must be at least 18 years of age;
  • must accept to have their name and contact information included in your application.

Family members include:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner. Common law refers to two individuals, of opposite or of the same sex, who have been living together in a relationship resembling a marriage for at least one year, but who are not legally married. Following a divorce or the dissolution of a common-law relationship, the former spouse or partner may act as a reference.
  • Your father or mother (this includes step-parents and foster parents), or his or her spouse or common-law partner.
  • The father or the mother of your spouse or common-law partner.
  • Your child (biological child, adopted child, step-child or foster child) or his or her spouse or common-law partner.
  • Your son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
  • Your brother or sister (including step-siblings and half-siblings), or his or her spouse or common-law partner.
  • Brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  • Grandfather or grandmother (including your spouse’s grandparents or foster grandparents) or their spouse or common-law partner.

N.B. References are not required to reside in France or in Canada, nor are they required to be Canadian citizens. However, it is preferable to provide references who may be contacted easily by our offices during the processing of your passport.

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Date Modified:
2016-10-26