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Canadian ePassport, 10-year validity, new fees

Jul 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Passport

Canadian ePassport, 10-year validity, new fees

This year, changes are coming to the passport program that will benefit Canadians and help keep Canada at the forefront of international travel document security.

As of July 1, 2013:

  1. Canada’s new 36-page ePassport becomes available through all service channels.
  2. A new fee structure takes effect.
  3. Applicants age 16 and over can apply for a 10-year passport (a 5-year passport will also be offered, and all children’s passports will be issued with a maximum of 5-year validity).

Here is some advice to help with your passport application

  • Apply during quieter periods. Early in the morning on a Wednesday or Thursday tends to be less busy in the Passport Canada offices.
  • Save time and avoid mistakes. Complete your application form on your computer and then print it out once completed. The fillable PDF application forms are interactive and can help you avoid errors. Doing this may also save you time in the passport office as the barcode can be quickly scanned with the information you have entered.
  • Double check. Make sure your application form is complete and you have all of the required documentation – including proof of parentage for child applications.

No changes to application requirements

Application requirements will not change with the new ePassport; however, the application forms will be modified to reflect the new fee structure and give adult applicants the choice between a 5-year or a 10-year passport. These new forms will be posted online on July 1, 2013. Canadians have told us they are looking forward to the new 10-year passport, so we may encounter higher application volumes in July.

The fees to apply for a passport in Canada

The fees to apply for a passport in Canada:

  • Adult (16 or over): 5-year passport C$120
  • Adult (16 or over): 10-year passport C$160
  • Child (0 to 15): C$57

Additional fees apply for urgent, express and pick-up services.

If you apply from and/or have the passport delivered outside of Canada, you must pay the abroad fees.

Accepted methods of payment

In person

  • Credit card or prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Debit card (Interac)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the “Receiver General for Canada”. The exact fee must be specified

By mail

  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Prepaid card embossed only (raised letters or numbers) (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • Certified cheque or money order (postal or bank) made payable to the “Receiver General for Canada”. The exact fee must be specified

Information

  • You must pay the appropriate fee with your application or it will not be processed
  • Passport Canada does not accept cash or personal cheques
  • Debit cards (Interac, Visa Debit or Virtual debit) are not accepted for applications submitted by mail or by a third party
  • You are not eligible for a refund of the service fee if you cancel your application, are refused a travel document, are issued a passport for a lower validity than requested (for example, in cases where an individual has had multiple losses). Only the consular fee (C$25), which applies to all adult applications, is refundable. (A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.)
  • Administrative fees and applicable interest will be applied to all dishonoured payments
  • Fees are subject to change
References:
http://www.passport.gc.ca/info/section6.aspx?lang=eng
http://www.passport.gc.ca/articles/20130510.aspx?lang=eng
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