Replace your Citizenship Card
|Regular Processing||Urgent Processing||Top Priority Processing|
|6 months||4 – 6 weeks||15 business days|
If you were born outside Canada, you must have documentation to prove that you are a Canadian citizen.
You may need to show proof that you are a Canadian citizen to:
- Apply for a Canadian passport
- Work in an are requiring security clearance such as an airport
- Prove the Canadian citizenship of your child born outside Canada
The current processing time for citizenship card or certificate replacement is around 6 months.
If you need your proof of Canadian citizenship immediately, then you may qualify for urgent processing.
Reasons for urgent replacement of your citizenship card or certificate may include:
- Requirement to travel outside Canada immediately
- Requirement to replace identification immediately
- Requirement to prove Canadian citizenship for work or school
Replace or Renew a Canadian Citizenship Card
Canadian citizenship cards and certificates issued after 1977 never expire. However, they may no longer be accepted if they are in bad condition or are illegible.
If the photo, borders, or writing on the document is damaged, then you will need to replace the document.
You can also replace a citizenship card or certificate which has been lost or stolen.
What are the Requirements to Replace or Renew a Canadian Citizenship Card or Certificate?
- One valid photo ID
- One additional ID
- 2 Canadian passport photos taken in the last 6 months
If you do not hold any valid Canadian or US ID, there is an alternative method of obtaining a Canadian citizenship certificate. Contact us for details.
Get proof of Canadian citizenship for a Child Born Outside Canada
|6 – 12 months|
If a child was born outside Canada and at least one of their parents was a Canadian citizen at the time of their birth, then they have inherited Canadian citizenship. This also applies for adopted children.
A child born outside Canada must have proof of Canadian citizenship if they want to:
- Live in Canada
- Work in Canada
- Go to school in Canada
- Visit Canada if they are from a country whose citizens require a visa
Any child born or adopted outside Canada to a Canadian parent may submit an application for proof of Canadian citizenship regardless of their age at the time of application. There are different application processes for these situations, so contact us to determine what your next steps will be.