Frequently asked questions

Question

Can I get an ePassport even though I already have a valid passport?

Answer

In most cases, your passport must have less than 12 months validity remaining before you can submit a new application. However, you are allowed to submit a new application if you wish to replace your non-electronic passport with an ePassport, even if your current passport has more than 12 months remaining. You will be required to pay the full fee. You must also provide a written explanation as to why you are applying at this time (for example, to obtain a new ePassport).

Please note that there is no requirement to replace your valid non-electronic passport with an ePassport. Canadian passports that do not contain an electronic chip are highly secure and will still be valid until they expire.

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