New Changes to Canadian Passport Applications

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CIC announced new changes to  Canadian Passport Applications. These changes will take effect on October 20, 2014.

ID Requirements for Adult Applicants

General Adult Applicants (Applicants age 16 and over) will need to provide the proof of identity document issued by a federal or provincial/territorial government authority, or local equivalent abroad, and must contain all of the following elements:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Photo
  • Signature

If an applicant couldn’t provide a single piece of identification that meets all the requirements, then they will be able to provide multiple pieces of ID documents that will fulfill the requirements together. However, all pieces of identification must be linked by at least one common element.

Assume A Relationship Surname on Your New Canadian  Passport

For applicants that are applying for a new passport using an assumed relationship surname that is different from the name by birth or on the citizenship certificate, the applicant will need to submit at least one of the following documents showing the relationship surname that are requesting, issued by a federal or provincial/territorial government authority, or local equivalent abroad, along with the birth or citizenship certificate:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Common-law Relationship Certificate
  • Court Order issued by a court of law in or outside Canada
  • Certificate to dissolve a registered common-law relationship
  • Resumption of Surname Certificate

Legal Name Changes

Applicant applying for a new passport with a legal name change, will need to first modify the proof of Canadian Citizenship to reflect the new legal name.

Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices

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