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Question

Can I get an ePassport even though I already have a valid passport?

Answer

Yes, you are allowed to submit a simplified renewal application if you wish to replace your non-electronic passport with an ePassport, even if your current passport has more than 12 months remaining. You must pay the full fee and must meet the other requirements for simplified renewal. You must also provide a written explanation as to why you are applying at this time (to obtain a new ePassport).

Please note that there is no requirement to replace your valid non-electronic passport with an ePassport. Canadian passports that do not contain an electronic chip are highly secure and will still be valid until they expire.