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Proof of Canadian Citizenship

If you were born in Canada, you must provide an original of either:

  • a Canadian birth certificate (issued in Canada by the province or territory of your birth),

    or
  • a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship 

If you were born outside of Canada, you must provide one of the four Canadian citizenship documents below:

  • Certificate of Canadian citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization in Canada
  • Certificate of Retention of Canadian citizenship
  • Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad 

Please note that notarized copies are not accepted. Your proof of Canadian citizenship document will be returned to you along with the new passport. Additional information may be requested to confirm citizenship.

Birth Certificate for children under 16 years of age

To avoid processing, delays  or the possible rejection of your application, we strongly recommend that you provide a birth certificate showing the names of both parents.

Changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act

The Government of Canada has made significant changes to the Citizenship Act. For more information on who may be affected by the changes, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) website.

Certificate of Birth in Canada

Birth certificates are available from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the province or territory of your birth. For more information on how to obtain a birth certificate, contact your Canadian Vital Statistics Office.

Since November 26, 2001, only the following identity documents are accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship for Canadians born in the Province of Quebec

Since February 2009, Manitoba Division Registrar Certificates no longer constitute an acceptable proof of Canadian citizenship for passport issuance purposes. Only the following identity documents are accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship for Canadians born in the Province of Manitoba

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Date Modified:
2011-11-30