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Guarantor Requirements

Duties of a guarantor

Your guarantor must perform the following tasks free of charge:

  1. Complete and sign the "Declaration of Guarantor" section of your application form.
  2. Write, "I certify this to be a true likeness of (name of applicant or child)" on the back of one of the passport photos and sign.
  3. If applicable, sign and date a copy of each document to support your identity.

The applicant must not assist the guarantor in performing his or her duties. If your guarantor requires assistance, contact Passport Canada.

Eligible guarantors

A guarantor is a person other than yourself who confirms your identity. The guarantor must have known you personally for at least two (2) years. In the case of a child, the guarantor must have known the applicant (parent or legal guardian) personally for at least two (2) years and have knowledge of the child. The guarantor must also be accessible to Passport Canada for verification.

Please refer below to either option A or B for the eligible guarantor.

Option A

If you choose a Canadian passport holder as a guarantor, your guarantor must:

  1. Hold a 5-year or 10-year Canadian passport that is valid or has been expired for no more than one year, on the day you submit your application;
  2. Be a Canadian citizen 18 years of age or older;
  3. Have been 16 years of age or older when he or she applied for his or her own passport;
  4. Provide the requested information contained in his or her passport.

A guarantor's passport is not considered valid if:

  • It is damaged or inaccessible;
  • It has been suspended or revoked;
  • It has been reported lost or stolen;
  • It has been found and returned to Passport Canada;
  • It has been destroyed by Passport Canada; or
  • Passport Canada has requested that it be returned.

Option B

If you choose an occupation-based guarantor, the individual must currently be registered/licensed with the appropriate local authority to practice their profession, and must also currently work and/or reside within the area of accreditation served by the Canadian government office abroad where the application is submitted.

The occupation-based guarantor must practice one of the following occupations:

  • Dentist
  • Medical doctor
  • Judge/Magistrate
  • Justice of Peace
  • Notary public
  • Police officer
  • Practising lawyer
  • Registered Pharmacist (Pharmacy & Poisons Board of Hong Kong)
  • Signing officer of a bank
  • Veterinary surgeon (Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong)

Retired guarantors are not eligible unless the guarantor's name still appears on the listing provided to Passport Canada by the relevant association.

Family members

A family member or any individual residing at your address may be your guarantor provided he or she meets the specified requirements. If you are the parent or legal guardian applying for a passport for your child, you cannot act as guarantor. However, if he or she meets the eligibility criteria above, the other parent can act as the guarantor.

Declaration in lieu of guarantor

If you have not known an eligible guarantor for at least two years, complete form PPTC 132 "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor" available from our office (in person).

This form cannot be downloaded from the internet and must be submitted in original format.

The "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor" form must be sworn to or declared before, and signed by, a person authorized by law to administer an oath or a solemn declaration. If completed outside Canada, a qualified official includes a Canadian or British diplomatic or consular representative, or a qualified local official.

The statutory declaration may be notarized in our office for an additional fee.

Please note that this may delay the processing time of the passport.

Important: A person listed as a reference on the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor cannot be the same reference listed on the passport application.

  • Dentist (Eng) / Dentiste (Fr)

  • Medical doctor (Eng) / Médecin (Fr)


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