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It was created to provide general passport information only.

Some organizations may ask you for a certified true copy of your Canadian passport or other travel document.

A certified true copy is a reproduction of part of your travel document that’s been

  • validated by an officer against the electronic passport record
  • certified as a true and authentic copy of the original
  • dated
  • sealed by the Passport Program

Certified true copies don’t include any pages from your passport or other travel document with visas or stamps.

Signed vs unsigned copies

Some organizations need certified true copies of your signed passport or other travel document. If you aren’t sure what copies are required, contact the organization and ask them.

If you ask for certified true copies when you apply for a passport or other travel document, you’ll get copies of your unsigned document.

If you need copies of your signed passport or other travel document, you should

  • wait until you get it
  • sign it when you get it
  • then apply for a certified true copy with the signed document

For more information, you can contact Passport program.

How to get certified true copies of your passport or other travel document

In Canada

In Canada: If you’re applying in person and need the copy in 10 to 20 business days or more

1. Download and Complete the form

2. Decide how you want to submit your application

By appointment

You can book your appointment online (opens in a new tab)

Some locations are seeing high demand for appointments. Appointment availability may vary.

Without an appointment (walk-in)

You can also get walk-in services at a Service Canada Centre or a passport office (opens in a new tab)

If the location is busy, we may prioritize people who need a passport within 48 hours.

3. Go to the Service Canada Centre and pay the fee

  • Bring your completed form and the passport to be certified.
    • Make sure you sign your passport.
  • Pay the fee (opens in a new tab)  at your appointment using any of the following:
    • credit card or prepaid card (Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®)
    • debit card
    • certified cheque or money order (postal or bank)
      • in Canadian funds
      • with the exact amount
      • made payable to the Receiver General for Canada
        • We don’t accept cash or personal cheques.

For any urgent requests, please visit Canada.ca for more details. Link: Get certified true copies of a passport or other travel document – Canada.ca

 

In the United States

You must mail your application and your passport to our office in Canada.

1. Download and Complete the form

2. Mail us your application and payment

Mailing address (non-courier)

Government of Canada
Passport Program
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0G3

Courier address

Government of Canada
Passport Program
22 De Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec  J8T 8R1

Passport Canada will mail the certified copy and your passport to your address in the United States by courier. The 2 documents may arrive in 2 separate packages.

 

Outside of Canada our USA

1. Download and Complete the form

2. Learn how to submit your application and pay your fees

You need to apply in person.

First, pay the fee (opens in a new tab) 

After you pay, submit your payment receipt with your passport and completed form to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

Make sure you sign your passport before you submit it.

3. Get your certified true copy

The office you applied at will let you know when your copy is ready, and when and how you can pick it up.