Want to renew your passport or request one for the first time? All you need to do is review the following information.

The New ePassport

As of July 1st, 2013, all passports issued by Passport Canada contain an electronic chip embedded in the back cover, and they are valid for 5 to 10 years. Keep in mind that passports issued prior to that date remain valid until they expire.

Besides a digital signature that is unique to Canada, the e-chip stores some of your personal information, which is the same information displayed on page 2 of the passport: your name, your sex, your date of birth, your digital photo, and the passport number and expiry date. You may see the information stored on your e-chip by visiting the nearest Passport Canada service location. Click here for the list.

Simplified Renewal Application

Your passport is expired or it will expire shortly? If you were at least 16 years of age the last time you applied for a passport, you can follow the steps of the simplified renewal process. You may choose between a 5- or 10-year passport, to which fees apply.

To apply, you must fill out the Adult Simplified Renewal Passport Application, Form PPTC 054, and meet Passport Canada’s requirements. You may then include the required documents with your application and mail your application to the address listed or go to the nearest Passport Canada service location

Adult General Passport Application (16 years of age and older)

If you do not meet the requirements of the simplified passport renewal, you must fill out the Adult General Passport Application, Form PPTC 153  If you use this form, you must have a guarantor.

To complete your application, fill out form PPTC 153  and include the required documents. Then, simply mail your application to the address indicated on the form, or go to the nearest Passport Canada service location

You have the choice of applying for a 5-year or 10-year passport.

Child Passport Application (under 16 years of age)

You want to apply for a passport for your child or a child for whom you are the legal guardian? Fill out the Child General Passport Application Form  and include the required documents.  Each parent or legal guardian must sign the required documents. Then, simply mail your application to the address indicated on the form, or go to the nearest Passport Canada service location

Alert! If the application is made in person, one of the parents, legal guardians orauthorized third parties  must be present to apply in a child’s name.

Keep in mind that this passport is only valid for 5 years.

Helpful Hints

  • Be careful with your passport! If you fold it, you could damage the e-chip embedded in the back cover.
  • Make sure that your photos meet Passport Canada’s requirements.
  • If you require your passport within a very tight deadline, you may go to a Passport Canada office and request urgent pick-up service. Processing time is 24 hours for urgent applications and additional fees apply. For urgent service requests, you must apply in person and provide proof of travel.
  • Take note that regular, express and urgent pick-up services ARE NOT available at the Passport Canada office in Pointe-Claire.

For more information, please refer to Passport Canada’s website