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How to renew your Canadian passport in 2021

Need to renew your Canadian passport? Find out the process to renew your passport in 2021 with this guide.

Whether you have plans to visit some family members abroad when it’s safe to travel again or you’re saving for your bucket list destination, it’s essential to have the proper documentation when travelling internationally. If you’re travelling on a Canadian passport, use this guide to figure out when you need to renew, how long it takes to process, and how much it costs. Don’t wait for any surprises at the airport – plan ahead and learn about how you can renew your Canadian passport now.

Renewing your Canadian passport: all the details

How do I renew my
Canadian passport
?
The process of renewing a Canadian passport can be completed by filling out a simplified form or a full application, depending on the situation.
How long does it take to
renew my Canadian passport?
The processing time begins once you submit a complete passport application. When renewing at a passport office, it usually takes
10 business days to get your
renewed passport. If you mail in your application, it should take 20 business days (plus shipping time).
How much does Canadian passport renewal cost?As of 2021, a standard five-year passport is $120 and a 10-year passport is $160.
A children’s passport is $57.
Additional fees for expedited services apply.

*Post updated February 1st 2021 with the latest information on renewing your Canadian passport, according to the Government of Canada website.

When does my passport need to be renewed?

Many countries require your passport to be valid for three to six months after you enter the country, so make sure to always check the expiration date before booking a flight. If it expires in December 2021, that can mean you need a new passport as of June 2021 or September 2021, depending on your destination.

This is especially true if you are planning to enter a country that requires a visa. You will have to renew your Canadian passport before applying for certain visas if your travel document expires in six months or less.

As a form of identification, your Canadian passport is valid until the expiry date, which means it needs to be valid upon your return to your originating country – hence the 3 or 6-month rule.

Please note that due to COVID-19, passport renewal time has been extended. If your Canadian passport expired on or after February 1, 2019, you now have extra time to renew your passport. You can apply to renew it any time within 2 years of its expiry date.

How often do I need to renew my Canadian passport?

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How to renew your Canadian Passport in 2021

When applying for a new passport or a Canadian passport renewal, adults are given the choice of 5 or 10 years. Kids only have a 5-year option; this goes for all Canadian children from newborns to age 16, according to the Government of Canada website. You can’t renew your child’s passport. You must get all the documents ready and apply for a new one.

Depending on your situation, your Canada passport renewal form will be a simplified form or you will need to apply for a new passport. If you have a 10-year passport, then you will have to renew your Canadian passport every 10 years.

Note that Canada does not add pages to your passport, which means that if you have collected your fair share of visa stamps and your passport is full, you’ll have to apply to renew your passport and pay the fees.

We recommend that the most intrepid of travellers apply for a 5-year passport in lieu of a 10-year passport, to avoid running out of pages in your passport. While the new Canadian passports do have 36 pages, you never know where life can take you.

Canadian passport cost

As of 2021, the cost of a standard five-year Canadian passport is $120 and a 10-year passport is $160. A child’s passport (0-15 years of age) is $57. Just remember that you’re stuck with your passport photo for 10 whole years if you opt for a 10-year Canadian passport!

There are additional fees associated with replacing a lost or stolen passport as well as for express or urgent processing. Urgent and express service is available only if you apply in person at a Canada passport office (with some exceptions).

Please note that passport fees are higher if you are located outside of Canada. Payments accepted include debit cards, credit cards, money orders, and certified cheques.

How long does it take to renew your passport?

The Canadian passport processing time begins once you submit a complete passport application.

The renewal time for your Canadian passport depends if you are renewing at a passport office or by mail. When renewing at a passport office, it usually takes 10 business days to get your renewed passport. Renewing in person at Canada Post and Service Canada will take about 20 business days. If you mail in your application, it should take 20 business days. This does not include mailing time.

Note that due to COVID-19 passport services in Canada have been reduced and processing time may take longer. Walk-in services at Service Canada Centres and passport offices are currently unavailable. You will have to send in your passport by mail or request an appointment with Service Canada. You can find out how to apply for passport services depending on your situation here.

As mentioned above, the government has also extended the eligibility period for Canadian passport renewals. You may be able to renew your passport if it expired on or after February 1, 2019. This change lets you wait to renew your passport until you have plans to travel.

What if I am travelling really, really soon?

Some Canadian passport renewal locations have urgent and express service if you need it quickly (for an extra fee). Check before you go to see if this option is available and make sure to bring proof of travel if you need to request urgent service. These additional fees are on top of the regular Canadian passport fees.

Expedited Services$CAD
Urgent pick up (by the end of the next business day)110
Express pick up within 2-9 business days50
Standard pick up on or after 10 business days20

Find out how to apply for urgent passport services here. Proof of need or travel is required if an in-person appointment is provided.

What are the eligibility requirements to renew a Canadian passport?

It is easy to renew your passport with the adult simplified renewal passport application. In order to qualify, there are a few criteria you need to meet. Your passport must:

  • not be damaged
  • not have been reported lost or stolen
  • have been issued with a 5-year or 10-year validity
  • 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)
  • have expired on or after February 1, 2019

For the adult simplified passport renewal, you need to complete the simplified version of the Canadian passport application form, which can be downloaded via the Government of Canada’s website. Fill out the information online, print out the form, sign it, and bring it to your nearest passport location or mail it in with the necessary documents. You will also need your most recent passport, the processing fee, and two recent identical photos (more details on this below).
Please note that because walk-in services at passport offices are currently unavailable due to COVID-19, you will have to mail in your passport application.

What if I do not qualify for adult simplified renewal?

If you are not eligible for the simplified passport renewal, you need to fill out the general application form. In addition to the general Canadian passport form, you are required to provide your birth certificate or proof of citizenship and include your existing passport or related travel documents with the application.

The general adult form requires a signature from a guarantor. This is a friend or family member who will certify that you are being truthful on your application. A guarantor for your passport application must be a Canadian citizen who has known you for at least two years. If you do not have a guarantor, you need to obtain a Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor form from your local passport office (cannot be downloaded online).

Where to apply for a Canadian passport renewal

an opened canadian passport with lots of stamps on the two pages, resting on a straw hat
How to Renew Your Canadian Passport

In Canada, renewals can typically be done in person at an authorized receiving agent or a passport office. Authorized receiving agents are Canada Post or Service Canada locations. Applications can also be submitted by mail.

Reminder: Walk-in services at passport offices are currently unavailable due to COVID-19. Check here to see if you should mail in your passport or request an in-person appointment (this will depend on your situation).

Can I renew my passport outside of Canada?

If you are currently in the United States:

Government of Canada consular offices in the United States do not provide passport services, so you must send in your application by mail or come back to Canada to apply. If you need a passport urgently or in exceptional circumstances such as illness and death, you can contact the nearest Government of Canada passport issuing office abroad. Additional fees will apply.

If you are outside Canada and the United States:

If you are renewing your passport from outside Canada and the United States, you need to complete the simplified version of the Canadian passport application form which can be downloaded via the Government of Canada’s website. Fill out the information online, print out the form, sign it, and bring it to the nearest Canadian Consular Office. You will also need your most recent passport, the processing fee, and two recent identical photos.

Canadian passport fees outside of Canada

Type of passportApplying from the United States ($ CAD)Applying from outside Canada & the United States ($ CAD)
5-year adult passport (age 16 and over)190190
10-year adult passport (age 16 and over)260260
Child passport (0-15 years of age)100100
Canadian passport fees from abroad

Canadian passport photo requirements

The Canadian passport office is strict about photo requirements. It’s always preferable to go to a shop that specializes in passport photos when renewing your passport.

You will need two identical photos for your passport application. Each passport photo must be taken by a commercial photographer or at a retail location, such as Shoppers Drug Mart (or Pharmaprix if you’re in Quebec), which offers passport photo services.

Passport photos should show your face and shoulders. Eyes must be open, and the expression must be neutral. The back of one of the photos must have the date it was taken as well as the contact info of the photographer or the commercial photographer or studio. The photos need to be recent, and taken within at least six months of submitting your application.

Frequently asked questions: Canadian passport

Can you renew your Canadian passport online?

No, application forms to renew your Canadian passport are online but you must bring them to your nearest passport office or send it in via mail.

How soon can you renew a Canadian passport?

As long as you meet the eligibility requirements you can apply to renew your passport anytime before it expires. As many countries require your passport to be valid for 3-6 months after you enter, it’s a good idea to renew your passport at least 6 months before it expires.

How long after your passport expires can you renew it?

If your passport expired on or after February 1, 2019, you now have extra time to renew it. You can apply to renew it any time within 2 years of its expiry date. If your passport expired before January 31st, 2019 you must apply for a new one.

Got your new passport? Time to put it to good use!

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Canada has a strong passport, but there are still visas required for certain countries, so make sure to always check the entry requirements prior to booking a flight.

And if you’re making plans to get back out there, you can find whose borders are open with our interactive global map, and sign up to receive email updates when your top destinations reopen.

As travel rules are constantly changing due to COVID-19, always check the latest government restrictions before planning any type of travel.

*This post was last updated on February 1st 2021 with the latest information on renewing your Canadian passport, according to the Government of Canada website.

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