How to renew your passport as a Canadian at Stanford Submitted by Derek Gurney, March 10, 2006 Warning: Don't wait until the last minute. While the Passport Office claims they aim for a fast turnaround, renewers have reported waiting up to 2 months for their passport. 1. Download application and instructions www.ppt.gc.ca 2. Get photos. Recommended by past renewers: * Keeble & Shuchat, 261 California, (650) 327-8996 3. If you don't have a guarantor, a) Get form PPT 132 from LA consulate (it's not officially available on the web, as of February 2006). Why the LA consulate? The SF consulate does not provide passport services. From www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/can-am/los_angeles/rightnav/staff_directoryen.asp: Management And Consular Services Telephone: (213) 346-2700 Fax: (213) 620-8827 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are desperate, you could look for a scanned version on the web, but beware that there is a chance that your application will be rejected if the passport processing machine cannot read it clearly: www.pptc.gc.ca/faq/index_e.asp#401 b) Get your documents notarized. Website for a list of notaries on or near campus (SUnet ID required): www.stanford.edu/group/save/notary/list.fft Recommended by previous renewers: * Anca Ruhlen * JoAnn Correia (listed under Cowell Student Health Service) * Stanford Federal Credit Union (only $5 for members) 4. Fill out entire application (note that the guarantor must fill out section 2 of the application, as well as sign the back of your picture and the photocopy of your identification document (e.g. photocopy of your driver’s license)). 5. Send all documentation to address provided on form (in Gatineau, QC). Be sure to include: - application form - Birth Certificate (or other proof of citizenship) - previous passport pictures photocopy of identification (driver’s license). payment option (on application) 6. Wait. Hopefully not too long. We’ve heard as fast as 2 weeks is possible, but so is 2 months. Plan accordingly. NOTE: they are extremely picky about the pictures. Be sure that there are no shadows whatsoever on your pictures, this includes one side of the face being slightly darker than the other. If you have any doubts, get the picture taken again. If you are very specific as to what is needed, the guys at Keeble and Shuchat will accomodate.