Documents to support identity

As of October 20, 2014, there will be new requirements for what you can show as proof of identity when applying for a passport, and what to provide when assuming a new surname or when legally changing your name on your passport. Find out how these requirements affect your adult passport application.

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Canadian in Canada

Adults must submit at least one (1) document to support your identity with a passport application. For a child, only the proof of Canadian citizenship is required.

The adult's identity document must:

  • be in the same name as will appear in the passport;
  • include your signature;
  • be issued by a federal, provincial/territorial/state or municipal authority; and
  • be valid.

For example:

  • Provincial or territorial driver's licence
  • Provincial or territorial non-driver's licence
  • Other federal, provincial, territorial or municipal identification card
  • Military identification
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Federal, provincial, territorial or municipal employee identification card
  • Canadian passportFootnote 2

Further documentation may be required.


  • You may submit original documents. They will be returned to you.

  • If you are submitting photocopies, you must copy both sides of the document and have your guarantor sign and date the photocopies (both sides) to indicate the originals have been seen. If you are submitting photocopies (both sides) but are using form PPTC 132, "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor" (available from any Passport Canada office or by telephone), or are using form PPTC 326, "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor for a Travel Document", the official who signs the "Declaration" must also sign and date the photocopies of your identification to indicate the originals have been seen.

  • An official translation in English or French must be provided with any documents that are written in another language.

  • If you have no documents to support your identity:

Failure to provide the proper documentation will result in the application being rejected.


Footnote 1

Canadians in the following regions must use the same forms and follow the same rules as Canadians in the United States: Bermuda, American Samoa, the Midway Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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Footnote 2

A previous Canadian passport may be used as supporting identification as long as all the following conditions are met:

  • the passport is either still valid, or is being submitted up to one year after its expiry date;
  • the passport is submitted with the application form. You must submit the original passport if it is still valid. If it is expired (for no more than one year), we will accept the original passport or a photocopy that is certified by the guarantor; and
  • the name indicated in the passport is the same as the one on the application form.

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