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It was created to provide general passport information only.

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Adult General Passport Application form (PPTC 153)


Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Passport Canada allows people to renew their passport if it has been expired for more than 1 year.

Passport Canada indicates that they aren’t liable for any monetary losses if they can’t deliver the passport in time to you or your child.

Since you’re applying from within the U.S., you must send your application to us by mail. Government of Canada consular offices in the U.S. does not provide regular passport services.

Passport Canada allows passport holders to renew their adult passport within 1 year after the expiry. However, due to delays caused by COVID-19 restrictions, you are now able to renew your adult passport after 1 year expiry if:

  1. You were 16 years of age or older when you applied for your last Canadian passport.
  2. You last passport was valid for either 5 or 10 years.
  3. You passport expired on or after February 1, 2019.
  4. You are not changing your name, date of birth, place of birth or gender on the new passport.
  5. Your current expired passport is not damaged or declared lost or stolen to Passport Canada.

(You may renew your passport 1 year before expiry)

For any other circumstances, please visit Passport Canada’s website to find out your eligibility for renewal. Click here.


Gather all necessary documents and get your passport photo

Include the following documents with your application form. You must submit all documents in either English or French. If a document is in another language, you must provide an official translation.


Urgent requests

In most cases, it takes 20 business days to process a passport application.

If you need a passport urgently or in exceptional circumstances (illness or death in the family), contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad

Additional fees will apply.

Passport photo requirements in the U.S. are different than in Canada

Your photos must follow Canadian photo requirements. We’ll reject and return your application to you if you submit an unacceptable photo.

To avoid any problems, print a copy of the passport photo specifications (PDF, 652.38 KB) to bring with you to the photographer.


How to apply your adult Canadian passport in United States

Since you’re applying from within the U.S., you must send your application to us by mail. Government of Canada consular offices in the U.S. do not provide regular passport services.

General tips and instructions

Passport Canada recommends that you don’t finalize any travel plans until you get your passport.

  1. The passport renewal form is in PDF fillable format. Please try to complete electronically.
  2. The instructions are at the end of the PDF file.
  3. Ensure to sign each page of the passport renewal application form.
  4. If the term “mother’s surname” doesn’t apply to you
    • cross it out on the form and write “parent’s surname at birth”
    • fill in the field with the surname (last name) at birth of 1 parent
    • write your initials in the margin
  5. If your passport has a valid visa in it, please notify on your form if you need the visa and want your original passport back. If you don’t, the visa could be damaged when the previous passport is cancelled.

Find a guarantor and two references

For new passport applications you will need to find a guarantor to sign your application, one of your passport photos and all copies of any supporting identity documents you are submitting with your application.

You will also need two references to include on your application. Your references must have known you for at least two years. You cannot use a family member or your guarantor as a reference.


Submit your application

By mail (only)

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, QC  J8T 8R1


Paying your renewal application fees

The following fees below are for Canadians who submit their passport applications in Canada, in-person or by mail.

  • 5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) – $190
  • 10-year adult passport (age 16 or over) – $260
  • Child passport (0 to 15 years of age) – $100

*there is no tax for passport application

There is no refund for the service fee if you:

  • cancel your application
  • are refused a travel document
  • are issued a passport for a shorter validity period than requested (for example, if you’ve lost your passport multiple times)

Only the consular fee, which applies to all adult applications, is refundable if a passport is not issued.

For more information about Passport Canada service fees (e.g. urgent expedited services fees, replacement, etc,) click here.


Receiving your passport

Passport Canada will return your passport and any original documentation to you. It may arrive in 2 separate packages.

If you’re moving but haven’t received your passport yet

Contact Passport Canada to update your mailing address if you:

  • haven’t received your passport and
  • are moving within 30 days of submitting your application

If you have a community mailbox, make sure you check it before you contact Passport Canada about your application.


NEXUS cardholders

When you get your new passport, make sure your personal information is up to date in the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) System.