Apply Without a Photo ID

How to Apply for a Citizenship Certificate without Photo ID

You need to prove your identity in order to replace your citizenship card or citizenship certificate, or to fix a mistake on it. It is not possible to apply for a new citizenship certificate without a photo ID. The good news is that only one of the pieces of identification that you submit with your citizenship certificate application must have a photo.


How to Get a Photo ID When You Have None

Most applicants for a new citizenship certificate use a driver’s license as one of their IDs. A health card is another popular choice.

If you do not have a valid driver’s license, you should renew it. If you do not drive, or something else is preventing you from getting a driver’s license, use one of the IDs listed below:


Health Card

If you do not drive but you have an old health card without a photo, we recommend updating your heath card to one with a photo and using that ID, if you live in one of the provinces which offers health cards with photos.

If you live in a province that does not yet issue health cards with photos, you will have to get a Provincial Photo ID Card (see below).

If you do not have a health card right now, you should apply for one. As a legal resident of your province, you are entitled to provincial health insurance and, therefore, entitled to a health card.


Provincial Photo ID Card

If you do not have a photo health card and cannot get one for some reason, you should apply for a Provincial Photo Identification Card. Here is the list of the provincial government sites for their photo cards and the forms (if available).

Province/TerritoryWebsite with requirementsLink to Application
AlbertaService AlbertaMust go in person
British Columbia go in person
Manitoba go in person
New Brunswickhttp://www2.gnb.caMust go in person
Newfoundland and Labrador go in person
Northwest Territories in person if you have an office in your community, or request a visit
Nova Scotia go in person
Nunavut form
Ontario go in person
Prince Edward Island form
QuebecQuebec does not have a provincial photo ID cardN/A
Saskatchewan go in person
Yukon go in person

Each province has slightly different requirements for the photo ID application. You will have to prove your identity and you will have to prove your residence.


University or College Photo ID Card

If you attend a Canadian university or college you may be able to use your student photo ID card as proof of identity. The card must have your photo on it and the school must be an accredited university or college. High school IDs and IDs from non-accredited post secondary schools are not acceptable.


Identification without a Photo that Can Be Used for Citizenship Certificate Application

You only need to submit one photo ID to replace your citizenship certificate, whether it be a health card, a provincial photo card, or your school ID.

The important thing about the non-photo ID is that it has to be verifiable, just like the photo ID. If the document or ID is issued by the federal or provincial government, IRCC can confirm your identity.


Notice of Assessment

The best piece of identification without a photo that you can use for your citizenship certificate is your Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency. It’s issued to you once you’ve submitted your taxes. You should submit your most recent Notice of Assessment.

If you do not have a Notice of Assessment, you can get one from CRA’s My Account online. Learn how to get your Notice of Assessment online (scroll down to the second part of the article).


Verification of Status (VOS)

If you cannot submit your Notice of Assessment, you may be able to use a Verification of Status, which is basically a replacement landing paper. However, this takes just as long to apply for as the citizenship certificate, so you’re much better off using a Notice of Assessment, which you can print off at home any time.


Record of Landing / Confirmation of Permanent Residence

You should only use your Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) to prove your identity for a citizenship certificate if the paper was stamped when you became a citizen, indicating you are not longer a permanent resident.

If the Record of Landing or COPR was not stamped, DO NOT SUBMIT A COPY. IRCC will need to stamp the original document. In our experience, this causes needless delays to your application. It’s much better to submit the VOS instead.


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