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Declaration of Guarantor
A guarantor is a person other than the applicant who can confirm their identity and may be called upon to confirm personal information. A guarantor can be
a relative or someone living at the applicant’s address, as long as they meet all the requirements listed below.
The guarantor must:
• be able to communicate in English or French;
• be a Canadian citizen 18 years of age or over;
• hold a 5-year or a 10-year Canadian passport that is valid or has expired within twelve (12) months of the date the Passport Program receives this
• have been 16 years of age or over when the application was submitted for the passport identified in section 2 on this application form;
• have known you (the applicant) personally for at least two (2) years. To know you personally to confirm aspects of your personal attributes;
• know you well enough to be confident that the statements you have made on the application form are true;
• provide the requested information contained in the passport issued in his or her name by completing by hand the declaration of guarantor section of the
• be accessible to the Passport Program for verification
A Canadian passport holder guarantor does not need to reside in the same country as the applicant.
The guarantor must perform the following three (3) tasks free of charge:
1. Complete and sign the section Declaration of Guarantor (section 2). Ensure you have completed and signed all three (3) pages of the application
before submitting it to your guarantor.
2. Write "I certify this to be a true likeness of (your name)" on the back of one (1) of your photos and sign it.
3. If applicable, sign and date a copy of each document to support your identity (see section L).
The Passport Program reserves the right to request a new guarantor.
Important: The applicant cannot help the guarantor in performing their duties. If the guarantor needs help they can contact the Passport Program (see
If you have not known an eligible guarantor for at least two (2) years, complete form PPTC 132, Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor, available at
any passport office in Canada or any Government of Canada office in the USA. The form must be completed at your expense before a person who is
authorized by law to administer an oath or solemn affirmation. This may delay the processing time of the passport requested.
Previous Canadian Travel Document
Enclose any Canadian travel document (passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document) that is not expired and that is issued to you in your
current name or any other name. If the previous travel document will not expire for more than twelve (12) months from the date the application is
submitted, provide a written explanation as to why you are applying at this time. Should the Passport Program not be satisfied that you have an acceptable
reason for applying early, your application for a new passport may be refused.
Documents to Support Identity
• You need to provide at least one (1) document to support your identity. The identification document (ID) must be valid and be issued by a federal,
provincial/territorial government authority (or local equivalent abroad). The ID must include your name, date of birth, signature and photo. One or more
document(s), when combined, may be used to fulfill these criteria.
• A Canadian passport that is expired for less than one (1) year may be used to support your identity. However, you must submit an additional piece of valid
federal, provincial or territorial identification, with your passport, if:
• the passport was issued to you before you turned 16 years of age; or
• the passport was issued to you with a period of validity of less than five (5) years.
• If you are submitting copies of your ID, each side must be copied and then signed and dated by your guarantor. All original documents that you submit will
be returned to you.
• If you submit copies of your documents and are using form PPTC 132, Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor, the same official who signs the
declaration must also sign and date the copies of both sides of the identity document(s) to indicate that the official has seen the original(s).
Proof of Canadian Citizenship
Important: A Canadian provincial or territorial birth certificate does not constitute an acceptable proof of Canadian Citizenship if, at the time of your birth in
Canada, one or both of your parents was or were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency and neither parent was a
citizen or permanent resident. See subsection 3(2) of the Citizenship Act for more information. You may request a formal assessment by submitting an
application for a citizenship certificate to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more details, visit the IRCC website at
The original proof of Canadian citizenship you submit with your application will be returned to you. Additional information may be requested to confirm your
Canadian provincial or territorial certificate of birth
Only official birth documents issued by the vital statistics office in your province or territory of birth in Canada are accepted. Certain exceptions may apply.
Certain Canadian provinces and territories have other documents that may also be accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship. Visit Canada.ca/passport
for more information.
Note: For Canadians born in the province of Quebec, only a birth certificate or a copy of an act of birth issued after January 1, 1994, by the Directeur de
l'état civil of Québec or a certificate of Canadian citizenship are accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
Certificate of Canadian citizenship
Commemorative certificates of citizenship are not accepted as proof of citizenship. If you require a certificate of Canadian citizenship visit the IRCC
website at Canada.ca/citizenship.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Website: Canada.ca/citizenship Toll-free in Canada: 1-888-242-2100
TTY in Canada (for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing)
1-888-576-8502, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
PPTC 153 (06-2019)