Notice – The Simplified Renewal Application Process—a simple and effective option for eligible Canadians

With the spring season upon us, Passport Canada takes this opportunity to remind Canadians to apply for a passport as early as possible prior to any travel outside of Canada.

If you are eligible to use the Simplified Renewal Process, you need only provide a completed Simplified Renewal Passport Application (PPTC 054, PDF, 449 KB) accompanied by your most recent passport, the required fee and two recent photos*.

When you use the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you do not have to resubmit proof of Canadian citizenship, supplementary identification or guarantor information.

To be eligible for Simplified Renewal:

  • you must have been at least 16 years of age at the time of your previous application;
  • your name on the application form is exactly as it appears on page 2 of the submitted passport;
  • you submit a previous Canadian passport that:
    • was/is valid for 5 or 10 years;
    • is not damaged;
    • was never reported lost or stolen; and
    • Either was issued to you in Canada (see issuing authority on page 2 of the passport) and is valid or expired for no more than one year;
    • Or, was issued to you outside of Canada (see issuing authority on page 2 of the passport) after April 30, 2006.

With the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you can apply in person in Canada at any Passport Canada service location or by mail in Canada or from the United States.

The processing times are the same for all types of applications.

*The new photos do not need to be signed by anyone. However, the name and address of the photographer or studio, as well as the date the photos were taken, must be provided on the back of one photo.

Simplified Renewal Passport Application (PDF, 484 KB).