If you apply for a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship for the first time

Application Form

The application for a Citizenship Certificate (including the Document Checklist) can be downloaded here. You need to provide a fully completed, signed and dated form and the following original documents (or certified copies):

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents submitted as part of the application in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator.

For a child under 18 years of age:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate – original or certified copy
  • Proof of citizenship (Birth Certificate or Citizenship Certificate from Canada) for at least one of the parents
  • Two (2) identical photos, not signed, as per the Citizenship Photograph Specifications page (pictures from automats are not accepted)
  • Marriage Certificate. If the parents are not married, you need to provide an identification document of the other parent
  • Stamped (registered mail) envelope with your mailing address

For an adult of 18 years of age or more:

  • Birth Certificate – original or certified copy
  • Proof of citizenship (Birth Certificate or Citizenship Certificate from Canada) for at least one of the parents
  • Two (2) pieces of identification, one of which must have your photo on it. If there is information on both sides of your identification documents, provide a photocopy of both sides
  • Two (2) identical photos, not signed, as per the Citizenship Photograph Specifications page (pictures from automats are not accepted)
  • Stamped (registered mail) envelope with your mailing address.

If you apply for a Replacement Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

The application for a Citizenship Certificate Replacement (including the Document Checklist) can be downloaded here. You need to provide a fully completed, signed and dated form and the following documents:

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents submitted as part of the application in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator.

Please include:

  • All original citizenship/naturalization certificate(s) and any pink transmission copies (exception of registration of birth abroad certificates)
  • Two (2) citizenship identical photos taken within the last 6 months and in accordance with the Citizenship Photograph Specifications page
  • Two (2) pieces of personal identification, such as a passport, a driver’s licence or a health insurance card, one of which must have your photo on it
  • Supporting documents in case of name or date of birth change
  • Stamped (registered mail) envelope with your mailing address if there are original documents to send back
  • A copy of your registration of birth abroad certificate (applies only if you are born abroad and in possession of a registration of birth abroad issued by Canadian authorities)

Payment

Payments can be made using the online payment service. Fees will be indicated during the online payment process. Be sure to send your payment confirmation with your application. The fee to apply for proof of citizenship is CAD 75.

Processing Time

The issuance of a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship may take up to 12 months. We will contact you upon receipt of the requested Citizenship Certificate(s). Failure to provide a fully completed application form including payment confirmation or the necessary documents may result in the return of your application. We encourage you to provide an email address (Section 7 of the application), if additional information is required. All original documents will be returned to you as soon as your application has been reviewed at the Embassy before being transmitted to Canada.