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Guarantors and References for Canadian Passport Applications

Guarantors for Canadian Passport Applications

All Canadian passport applications must be signed by a guarantor. The guarantor must also write a declaration "I certify this to be a true likeness of (name)" and sign the back of one of the passport photos, and sign and date any photocopies of supporting documents.

Guarantors for Canadians Living in Canada and the United States

Your Canadian passport guarantor must be someone who has known you personally for at least two years and can verify your identity and that your statements are accurate.

Your guarantor must be a Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older and must hold a valid five-year Canadian passport or a Canadian passport that has been expired for less than one year at the time you submit your passport application. The guarantor can be a member of your own family. The guarantor must be accessible to Passport Canada for verification purposes, and Passport Canada reserves the right to request a different guarantor.

Guarantors for Canadians Living Abroad

Your Canadian passport guarantor must be someone who has known you personally for at least two years and can verify your identity and that your statements are accurate.

Your guarantor must live within the jurisdiction of the passport-issuing office and must be accessible for the passport office to contact. Your guarantor must also be a member of one of the professions listed on the passport application form for Canadians living abroad (a doctor or practising lawyer for example).

References for Canadian Passport Applications

You must also provide the names, addresses and phone numbers of two references who are neither your guarantor nor a relative. References must be people who have known you for at least two years. Your references may be contacted by Passport Canada to confirm your identity.

See Also:
International Travel for Canadians

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