As an applicant, you must have your application, passport photo, and, if required, copies of documentation proving your identity signed by a qualified guarantor when applying for a Canadian passport. However, if you do not have a Guarantor, you can explore the other available option which is to complete the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132) and get it certified.
What is a Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132)
A Statutory Declaration In lieu of Guarantor is used when a person applying for a Canadian passport declares that the information contained in their application is true before a person authorized by law to administer oath and signed by the same authorized person. This is needed if you, as an applicant, do not have access to a Guarantor. If you have a guarantor, you will not need to fill out a Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor form, and your guarantor should sign your regular passport application.
Canadian Passport Office
It is pertinent to state that you can obtain the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor form from the Canadian Passport office because it is not included in the normal passport application. To learn more about the application process, guarantors and PPTC 132 form visit the Passport office’s website at: http://tiny.cc/canada_passport_office
Who can Administer Statutory Declaration In lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132)?
If you are in Canada, the following persons are authorized to notarize the form:
- a notary public;
- justice of the peace;
- or commissioner for oaths.
The above-mentioned officials may commission the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor, certify the applicant’s passport, and certify any supporting documents.
If, however, you are outside Canada, the underlisted can administer the oath:
- a Canadian or British consular representative;
- or qualified local official.
The notary public executing the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor does not necessarily need to know you, unlike when you have a Guarantor.
Can a Parent or Relatives be a Referee for Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132)?
As an Applicant, you are required to provide information (name, address, and your relationship with the referees) of two referees, different from the references provided on your passport application, who are not your relatives but have known you for at least two (2) years and who can confirm or verify your identity. Hence, your parent or relatives cannot be your referee when completing the Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor (Form PPTC 132) application form.
When applying for a passport, even if you are making a Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor, you must still meet all other conditions. This involves having your photographs validated and providing documentation (which may either be original or certified true copies) to prove your identification. Any of the aforementioned authorized officials in charge of this process will also certify your photograph and, if necessary, your supporting documents. In addition, you are required to declare reasons for your inability to find a guarantor in the presence of the certifying official.
How can All-Canada Notary help you?
All-Canada Notary is a network of Notaries Public and can help you notarize your Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor when you don’t have an eligible guarantor. The interesting part is that All-Canada Notary operates both physical and virtual/online notary services which means you do not need to undergo the rigors of physical notarization.