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I want to replace my citizenship certificate. Do I have to return my current certificate?

Yes. You can only own 1 valid citizenship certificate. This is a citizenship regulation.

When you apply for a certificate, you must return

  • all original
    • citizenship certificates
    • citizenship cards
    • naturalization certificates
  • any pink transmission copies you have

If you don’t return them, it will delay the processing of your application.

To find out how and when to return your current certificate, check your instruction guide:

If you find an old certificate after you get a new one, send it to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


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