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Feds simplify renewal process

GATINEAU, Que. -- Passport Canada has streamlined the passport renewal process in an effort to reduce wait times of...


GATINEAU, Que. — Passport Canada has streamlined the passport renewal process in an effort to reduce wait times of applications.

The Simplified Passport Renewal Process went into affect on Aug. 15 and will no longer require qualified applicants to submit documentary evidence of citizenship, supplementary identification or a guarantor declaration.

The new process will be available to Canadians who: currently hold a Canadian passport issued after January 31, 2002; were 16 years of age and over when they applied for their last passport; reside in Canada and were residing in Canada when they applied for their previous passport.

Since Jan. 23, Canadians travelling to the US by air are required to carry a valid passport, and the requirement is expected to be implemented at land and sea crossings in the summer of 2008.


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