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The citizenship certificate is official proof of your Canadian citizenship. Canadians born in Canada or abroad to Canadian parents can apply to prove their Canadian citizenship

Remember: this is not a passport or a second ID card.

How to get proof of Citizenship are discussed below

What is a citizenship certificate?

The citizenship certificate is an official document issued by the Government of Canada that proves your status as a Canadian citizen.

Each certificate has a unique number and specifies some necessary information, such as:

  • Your name,
  • Your date of birth,
  • Your sex.
  • Your photo does not appear on the citizenship certificate. 

Who can apply for a citizenship certificate:

  • All Canadians 18 years of age or older can apply for a citizenship certificate. A parent can apply for a citizenship certificate for their minor child. 
  • If you are not sure if you are a Canadian citizen, you can apply for a citizenship certificate to verify your status. The government can confirm whether you are a Canadian citizen or not. 
  • Obtain a certificate of Canadian citizenship
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To obtain your citizenship certificate, you must:

  • Complete the application package,
  • You must fill out the form specifying the surname, first names, address, date of birth, city of birth of you and your parents, and the method of obtaining your nationality (by attribution, acquisition, or naturalization).

You must provide the following documents:

  • a family record book, a complete copy of your birth certificate, a full copy of your husband’s birth certificate, other documents justifying your situation

Pay the fees

  • Apply by mail to the Case Processing Center 
  • Change or replace your citizenship certificate
  • You can apply to change your citizenship certificate. You can do this if it contains an error or if you change your name or gender. You can also replace your certificate if it is damaged or stolen. 
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You must:

  • Return all citizenship certificates you have in your possession.
  • Complete the application package.
  • Provide legal documents that prove your name or sex change.
  • Pay the fees,
  • Apply by mail to the Case Processing Center
  • Automatic citizenship certificate for new citizens
  • Canadians who obtain citizenship as a result of the naturalization process automatically receive a citizenship certificate at their citizenship ceremony.
  • Canadians born in Canada or abroad to Canadian parents do not automatically receive a citizenship certificate but can apply for it.

Processing time and cost:

Generally, the process takes six months. But in urgent cases, if you can make them believe that you need it sooner, this can happen. You will get it early.

This whole process will cost 75$.

Reminder: A citizenship certificate is not a passport, and you can not travel with it

Canadian citizens need a Canadian passport to return to Canada after a trip abroad.

If you return to Canada with a foreign passport and your Canadian citizenship certificate, 

A border services officer may refuse your entry to Canada if you have doubts about the validity of your certificate.

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