Monday, December 1, 2008

How to Renew Your Canadian Passport

Many of us like to travel but if you are like me you might not like the paperwork involved in getting your passport renew. Here’s a list to keep you on track to get you on the road faster.

Print out the forms at You may qualify for the simplified form.
Fill out the forms.
Get new passport photos taken.
Write the declaration, “I certify this to be a true likeness of (your name)” on the back of one of the photos.
Select someone to be your guarantor. The rules have changed, now anyone who has known you for 2 or more years can act as guarantor.
Have them sign and date the declaration on the back of one photo, fill out part 2 on the form, and sign your proof of identity photocopies.
Photocopy BOTH SIDES proof of ID and have guarantor sign copies. You can alternatively send in the original.
Get the money you will need.
Mail form or visit Canada Post location, Passport Canada office, or Service Canada office. Visiting a passport office is the quickest way to get it renewed.

You will need:
o 3 page application form
o 2 identical passport photos
o Signature of guarantor- signature on application, on proof of ID, and on photo
o 2 References who have known you for 2 or more years
o Original proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate
o Photocopy (front and back) or original document to support identity such as a driver’s license or health care card
o Any Canadian passport or travel document issued to you within the past 5 years
o $87 fee-cash, debit, credit card, certified cheque, money order

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