Only Canadian citizen can use a Canadian passport for international travels. A Canadian citizen can renew passport typically every five or 10 years. The process of renewing your passport can be done by filling out a simplified form or a full application, depending on the situation.
Knowing how and where to renew your Canadian passport save you a lot of stress when traveling.
You can renew your Canadian passport in person or by mail. Photos for your passport renewal need to be captured and submitted with the application. Canadian passport renewal typically takes 24 hours for urgent requests or up to Twenty (20) business days for regular requests.
How To Apply For Canadian Passport Renewal
To renew your Canadian passport, you can start by downloading the simplified version of the passport renewal form HERE. Fill out the required information online, print out the form, sign it, and take it to the nearest passport office with the necessary documents.
You can also send the completed application form by mail if you are not traveling within the next 20 days.
If you are ineligible to apply for the simplified passport renewal, you can fill out the general application form. The general application form requires you to provide your proof of citizenship or birth certificate and include your existing passport or other supporting travel documents with the application.
Finally, you need a signature from a guarantor on the application form. This person may be a family member or a friend who will certify that your truthful on your application. The guarantor must, however, be a Canadian citizen who has known you for at least 2 years.
Where to Apply for Canadian Passport Renewal
In Canada, renewals can be done in person or at a passport office. If you are currently living in the U.S, you will have to either fly back to Canada to renew your passport in person or mail your application. If passport renewal is needed urgently due to unusual circumstances, contact a Canadian embassy or consular office.
Please, note that a standard five-year passport cost about $120 and a 10-year passport is $160. And if you are applying for renewal from outside Canada, you may likely pay higher. Payments accepted include credit cards, debit cards, money orders, and certified cheques.