Recent Changes at Passport Canada

January 3, 2014

In July 2013, a number of changes at Passport Canada took affect.  They are as follows:

10-year validity for adult passports

Applicants age 16 and over now have the choice to apply for a 5-year or 10-year passport. All child passports are issued with a maximum of 5-year validity.

New fees

New fees for passport services came into effect on July 1, 2013.

New application forms

With the introduction of the new fees and the 10-year validity option for adult passports, updated forms have been posted on Passport Canada`s website. Use these most recent forms to ensure your application is processed without unnecessary delays.

Application requirements remain the same.


All passports issued after July 1, 2013, are ePassports. Visit our ePassport section of the Passport Canada website to find out more about this new technology.

Here is some advice to help with your passport application

  • Save time and avoid mistakes. Fill out your application form on your computer and then print it out once completed. The fillable PDF application forms are interactive and can help you avoid errors.
  • Double check. Make sure your application form is complete and you have all of the required documentation – including proof of parentage for child applications. Consult the step-by-step guide to walk you through each step of the passport application process.
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