How to Renew Your Passport in Ottawa

A passport represents your nationality when travelling internationally. In Canada, a standard passport for any citizen is valid for 5 years, making it something that everybody has to renew at some point. Although the passport does not guarantee you entry into a country, it does entitle you to return to your own sovereign state.

The following Step by Step Guide details how to renew your passport in and around the Ottawa area.

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    Simplified Renewal Application Process

    If you are eligible, you can expedite your renewal process. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

    - You must have been 16 years of age the last time you renewed your passport;

    - Your name must be the same as it was on page 2 of your previous passport;

    - You must also submit a previous Canadian passport that;

    - was a regular (blue) passport that was valid for 5 years

    - has not been damaged, reported lost or stolen

    - was issued to you in Canada and had a validity period of at most 1 year, or

    - was issued outside of Canada at any time after April 30, 2006

    If you do not meet the eligibility requirements but have a passport for renewal, the paperwork is more detailed and has a longer processing time. Both forms are available in Step 2.

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    Passport Requirements

    In order to successfully renew a passport, you require the following:

    - all pages of the application must have been signed  within the past 12 months;

    - two identical passport photos

    - your old passport (must have been issued within the past 5-6 years)

    - the required fees and all renewal paperwork

    The forms, photo requirements and fee information can be found below.

    Simplified Renewal Application

    Adult Renewal Application

    Child Renewal Application

    Photo Requirements

    Fee Schedule

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    How to Apply

    Using the form above that best applies to you, you must fill it out and provide the other supporting documentation and photos. The application can be done in any one of the following ways:

    In Person

    A list of Ottawa’s passport service locations is available here.

    By Mail (in Canada and U.S.)

    Application renewals should be mailed to the following address:

    Passport Canada Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

    Gatineau QC K1A 0G3 CANADA

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    Application Fees

    The fees charged for application renewals ranges from $87-$92 CAD for adults and less for children depending on the number of pages.

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    Processing Times

    The benefit of applying in person is a much shorter processing time (10 days as compared to 20 for mailed applications). There are also expedited services for those requiring a passport on short notice. Extra changes apply.

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