We often get asked whether our notaries can be guarantors for passport applications. Yes, we can - but you probably don't need one!
A guarantor is someone who guarantees something. To answer our own question, a guarantor for a passport application is someone who confirms the identity of the person who is applying for a passport.
Until just a few years ago, a guarantor had to be someone who was in one of the professions or occupations accepted by Passport Canada, like a doctor or lawyer. Passport Canada would be able to verify the identity of the guarantor through membership directories of those professional or occupational groups.
Passport Canada now allows persons who are 18 years older and hold valid Canadian passports to be guarantors. A guarantor has to have known the applicant for two years and be accessible to the passport program to answer verification questions.
Easy, right? Well, mostly.
Sometimes, it's impossible to find a a person who meets the requirements to be a guarantor for a passport application. In these cases, it's still possible to get a passport - but you'll need to complete a form PPTC 132 "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor". The form is not available online (we learned this the hard way), but can be picked up from any passport office. The "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor" form must be sworn to or declared before, and signed by, a notary public or commissioner for taking oaths.
For more information on how to get a Canadian passport, visit the Government of Canada's webpage on passports. Want to know more about our notary services? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.