How to Obtain a US Passport in Canada

How to Obtain a US Passport in Canada
Americans or children of Americans living in Canada are able to access passport services. Online forms enable simpler completion through the use of a passport application wizard with payment calculation. The two main forms are the DS-11 for first time applicants who must apply in person at a consulate and the DS-82 for renewals, which can be completed through the mail.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Applying for or Renewing a US Passport in Canada

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport Forms (Available on Consular website) Previous Passports Valid Documentation (Of Birth, Marriage, Name Change)
  • Passport Forms (Available on Consular website)
  • Previous Passports
  • Valid Documentation (Of Birth, Marriage, Name Change)
Step 1
Visit the passport website of the US Consular Service in Canada.
Step 2
Ensure you have proof of US citizenship. If you need to prove that now, determine the page you will visit by your age. Follow the link to the adult citizenship determination page if you are 18 or over. Follow the link to the report of birth abroad page if you are under 18.
Step 3
On the original passport website, choose which form you will need to fill out. Form DS-11 is for first time applicants or those whose passports were issued over 15 years ago, when you were under 16 or if you need a replacement for a lost, stolen or mutilated passport. Form DS-82 is for applicants who still have their last passport and whose passport was issued less than 15 years ago when they were over 16. Name changes must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. Other forms are available for special incidences such as children's passports, amending your passport and adding pages to your current passport.
Step 4
Click the Passport Application Wizard button or the button under the specific form. Fill out the form online and print it.
Step 5
For a DS-11, apply with your completed form in person at a United States Consulate in Canada. These are spread throughout the country, including in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. For a DS-82, you can send in your printed application by mail.

Tips & Warnings

 
Always double check the requirements as they are subject to change. This information is valid as of February 2010.
 
Always double check the requirements as they are subject to change. This information is valid as of February 2010.
 
Some consulates, such as the Winnipeg consulate, do not handle passport applications. Phone the consulate before visiting to ensure they can accept your application.
 
Some consulates, such as the Winnipeg consulate, do not handle passport applications. Phone the consulate before visiting to ensure they can accept your application.

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