The Canadian citizenship replacement card application form is the same to the one you needed to use to get your original citizenship certificate. Apart from some minor differences related to the supporting documents and to the fields and boxes that need to be checked when completing the Application for a Citizenship Certificate, the application procedure is almost the same.
The vital difference in the application procedure refers to handling lost or stolen certificates. When replacing a lost or a stolen citizenship certificate, you need to file a police report before you submit the application to the relevant processing office to avoid having your proof of citizenship counterfeited or your identity misused. Make sure to keep a copy of the filed police report and attach it to the citizenship replacement card application.
Since 2012, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada no longer issues citizenship cards. Instead, all applicants will get citizenship certificates.
Completing the Canadian Citizenship Replacement Card Application Form
Regardless of the reason for replacing your Canadian citizenship card, you must complete the Application for a Citizenship Certificate in full. It is crucial that you do not leave any boxes or fields unchecked, as the application will be refused or returned to you. Giving false information is a serious violation.
When a question does not apply to you, mark it with “N/A” (not applicable). When you need more space to provide a full answer to a specific question, attach an additional sheet of paper to the application and note the number of the question. You can also print out a copy of the application page with the relevant question and attach it to the main document.
How to Fill Out Each Section in the Application for Citizenship Certificate Replacement
When you are completing the Canadian citizenship replacement card application form keep in mind that you need to:
- State the preferred language (English or French).
- Indicate that you are replacing an old certificate, the reason for replacement and, in case of a lost or a stolen certificate, enclose a copy of the police report.
- Provide proof of your name change (in case you have changed your name in the meantime).
- Write “N/A” for change of date of birth, unless you are fixing your birth date as well as replacing your card.
- If you have more than one citizenship, write down the name of the other country or countries you are a citizen of.
- Write “N/A” for the questions about your parents and grandparents, unless you were not born or naturalized in Canada.
- Attach copies of the supporting documents and proof of fee payment
- Attach a copy of the old certificate (when applicable).
- Sign and date the application form.
Make sure that the application is not outdated or post-dated. Mail the Canadian citizenship replacement card application form to:
Case Processing Centre – Sydney
Proof of Citizenship
P.O. Box 10000
Sydney, NS, Canada
If you decide to use a representative during the replacement process, you must also include form IMM 5476 – Use of a Representative in support to the application. Current approximate processing times for citizenship card replacement are 5 (five) months. If you are applying from abroad, the process may take longer.