Passport Applications

An authorized Guarantor must sign the Canadian passport application, passport picture, and copies of identification papers if required.

You may get a Statutory Declaration in Lieu of a Guarantor from a public notary if you don’t have a suitable guarantor. A guarantor must sign your passport application if you need one and meet certain criteria. 


The Canadian government stipulates the following qualifications for a Guarantor:

If you are applying for a passport in Canada or the United States, your guarantor must meet the following requirements: 

a) they must have a Canadian passport that is valid for at least five (5) years, or has expired no more than one (1) year, on the day you submit your application; and 

b) they must have known you personally for at least two (2) years, in the case of an adult, or the parent or legal guardian of a minor, in the case of a child.

If you’re applying for a passport from a country other than Canada or the United States, your guarantor must meet the following requirements in addition to those already mentioned: 

a) they must have known you personally for at least two (2) years, or in the case of a child, they must have known the parent or legal guardian personally for at least two (2) years and have knowledge of the child; 

b) they must reside within the jurisdiction of the passport issuing office and be accessible for verification.


To apply for a passport, you need to provide proof of your citizenship, submit pictures that meet certain requirements, and may even have to provide a government-issued identification.

For passport applications, you usually need to provide your proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate). Other documents would include a photo ID (such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID).

The processing time for a passport application may vary, but it typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive a new passport. If you need it sooner, expedited services are available for an additional fee.

The cost of your passport varies depending on the type of passport you need, how many pages you need it to be, and the processing option that you choose. It also varies depending on the country you are applying for the passport.

The passport renewing process varies from country to country, as they have their own laws and regulations regarding applications and renewal forms. The requirements may be different, such as submitting passport-sized pictures, handing in attested documents or requiring signatures in person.

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