Documents to support identity
Starting October 20, 2014, the name that appears in the passport will be the same name that is on the proof of Canadian citizenship. There are some exceptions.
There are no exceptions for child applications. For all children under 16, passports will be issued in the same name that is on the proof of Canadian citizenship.
Also, there will be new requirements for supporting identity documents and for legal name changes. Find out how these requirements affect your adult passport application.
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- 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.
- 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 passport was issued when you were 16 years of age or older. Otherwise, it must be accompanied by another valid identification document (ID) issued by a federal or provincial/territorial government authority (or equivalent abroad), and contain a signature if the previous passport does not contain a signature.
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