If the process of getting a passport is intimidating for you, an information passport clinic may help set things straight.
Anthony Rota, the Nipissing Timiskaming MP, will be holding passport clinics on October 10th in Temiskaming Shores and then one in North Bay on Wednesday, October 11th at the Northgate Shopping Centre at the community kiosk near the parking garage entrance.
“Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer any passport-related questions and review your application,” Rota stated in the clinic release.
“We will also courier them to the Passport Program on constituents’ behalf. (Typically, processing takes 20 business days, which doesn’t include time in the mail.).”
To save time, organize ask you please bring your completed application, passport photos, and all supporting documents to the clinic.
If this is your first adult passport, if your passport has been expired for more than a year or if you are changing your name, complete the general passport application. For supporting documentation, you’ll need the following documentation:
- Birth certificate, or Canadian citizenship card or certificate (original only);
- A Declaration of Guarantor (Section 2 of the application). A guarantor is a Canadian citizen, 18 or older, who holds a valid Canadian passport and has known you for at least two years. It can be a relative.
- A photocopy of your driver’s licence or other government-issued photo ID that is signed and dated by your guarantor;
- Two identical passport photos. One must be date-stamped by the photographer to show they were taken within the past six months. The stamped photo must be signed by your guarantor;
- Names and contact information of two “references” (cannot be a relative or your guarantor). Your references must be at least 18 years old and have known you for a minimum of two years
- For a change of name, a copy of a legal document that supports the change (e.g. marriage certificate, adoption order) and your current passport, if still valid.
- Simplified renewal application:
If your passport will expire within a year (i.e. early renewal) or has been expired for less than a year, fill out a simplified renewal. For supporting documentation, you’ll need:
- Two identical passport photos (taken within the past six months);
- Your current passport;
- Names and contact information of two “references” (cannot be a relative). Your references must be at least 18 years old and have known you for a minimum of two years.
Child passport application:
If your child is under 16 years old, use a child passport application. You’ll need:
- For first-time applicants, an original copy of the child’s long-form birth certificate, or Canadian Citizenship card or certificate;
- For subsequent applications, a birth certificate (short form or long form), or Canadian Citizenship card or certificate;
- Current passport, if still valid.
- A Declaration of Guarantor (Section 6 of the application). A guarantor is a Canadian citizen, 18 or older, who holds a valid Canadian passport and knows the parent or legal guardian who is applying on the child’s behalf. Note, a parent who is not the applicant and meets the requirements can act as a guarantor.
- Two identical passport photos taken within the past six months. One must be date-stamped by the photographer and signed by the guarantor.
Passport Program processing fees:
- Adult 5-year: $120
- Adult 10-year: $160
- Child (0-15) 5-year: $57
- Credit card (fill in the “Credit Card Information” section of the application), or certified cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.
- No personal cheques, cash or debit.
There are private businesses available on site which will be offering passport photos. Fees apply. You are not required to use their services.