How Do I Renew My Canadian Passport?

Your Canadian passport is the passport issued to citizens of Canada by the Passport Program of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that enables the bearer to exit and re-enter Canada freely.

With your Canadian passport you can travel to and from other countries in accordance with visa requirements and when in need or danger while in foreign countries, your Canadian passport will help you secure help or protection from Canadian consular officials.

The Canadian passports are normally valid for 5 to 10 years for persons 16 years and older and 5 years for children under 16 years of age. On expiration, you are required to apply for a renewal of your Canadian passport else you will not be allowed to leave or re-enter Canada.

Whether you are in Canada or abroad when your passport expired, you can be able to renew your Canadian passport following the steps explained in this article.


Before you apply to renew your Canadian passport, you must meet the following eligibility requirements.

1. Find Out If You Can Renew Your Canadian passports

You must be a Canadian citizen to apply for a new Canadian passport.

To renew your Canadian passport, your current passport must:

  • not be damaged
  • never have been reported lost or stolen
  • have been issued with a 5-year or 10-year validity
  • be valid or has been expired for no more than 1 year on the day we receive your application
  • have been issued when you were at least 16 years of age
  • have the same name, date of birth and place of birth you want on your new passport
  • have the same gender identifier you want on your new passport (either printed on your current passport or the observation sticker)You may apply for a passport for a child (under the age of 16) if you are:
  • one of the child’s parents and providing proof of parentage or
  • the child’s legal guardian and providing proof of legal guardianship or
  • the custodial parent in the case of separation or divorce and providing related legal documents.You can now apply for the renewal of your Canadian passport if you met the eligibility requirements above.

Simply follow the steps illustrated below to apply for the renewal of your Canadian passport now.

2. Complete the Application Form

Download a copy of the adult passport application form from IRCC website. Ensure to check the related box in section 2 of your passport application form if your old passport contains a visa you will like to keep.

If you are applying to renew a child’s passport, there are different application process you must follow.

You can’t renew your child’s passport, you must apply for a new one and you should make sure all required documents are ready before applying.


You can only apply for a child’s passport if you are;

  • 1 of the child’s parents
  • the parent who has custody of the child if the parents are separated or divorced
  • all documents (including any divorce judgment) that refer to the custody of, mobility of, or access to the child
  • the child’s legal guardian, with the correct documentation
  • all legal documents proving the applicant’s legal guardianship of the child must be submitted. Each legal parent or guardian should sign the application form. We may contact the other legal guardian or parent.
  • The forms you must complete may differ depending on where you’re applying from.

3. Get Your Passport Photo

Ensure to include 2 identical passport photos and your old/expired passport in your application package.

4. References

Your reference must include 2 people who have known you for at least 2 years.

Note: Most family members are not allowed to be references when renewing your passport.

5. Pay Your Fees

Your age and where you are applying from will determine the application fee you are to pay. You can pay for your application by credit card, debit card, or with a certified cheque or money order. Receiving agents can accept cash payments in exact change.

You can also submit your application in person at a passport office or receiving agent (Service Canada or Canada Post) or submit it by mail.

6 Pick up Your Passport

You can pick your new passport at a given pickup date when you submitted your application or you can have someone receive it on your behalf but such a person must present a letter signed by you giving them permission to do so and present valid identification for themselves.

If you applied by mail, your new passport and other documents will be mailed to you at the address you provided on your application.


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