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Biometric Passports (ePassports)

Check if you have all necessary documents to apply for passport.

Summary of the rules governing the procedure for ePassport:

 

Rule of thumb: is your passport or občanský průkaz (the Czech nationa ID) valid? If neither you first need to obtain a proof of your Czech citizenship called Osvědčení o státním občanství ČR.

 

Applicants must apply in person (no applications by post or powers of attorney). There are no exceptions to this rule.

Applicants in Canada can apply only at the Embassy in Ottawa or at Consulate General in Toronto. Honorary Consulates are no longer passport authorities and will not accept applications for ePassports.

It is no longer possible to apply for the Certificate of Czech Citizenship and a passport simultaneously. Passport application will be accepted only upon submitting an already issued and valid proof of citizenship.

The period of validity of ePassports is 10 years for persons older than 15 years, and 5 years for minors of under 15 years of age.

Legal guardians (in most cases parents) of minors of under 15 years of age must apply on behalf of these minors. Minors between 15 and 18 years of age must submit a written consent of a legal guardian with an authenticated signature. The authentication of this signature is not required when the legal guardian comes in person and approves of the application by signing the application form.

Requirements:

When applying for a new passport, applicants must:

  1. make an appointment at  toronto.appointment(at)mzv.cz
  2. appear in person
  3. pay the consular fee
  4. demonstrate the following information by submitting recommended documents:
  • proof of identity (valid passport, valid "občanský průkaz" etc.);
  • proof of Czech citizenship (valid passport, valid "občanský průkaz", Certificate of Czech Citizenship not older than 12 months);
  • proof of first and last name (valid passport, "občanský průkaz" or any document issued by the registry office);
  • a (Canadian) passport size photo i.e. 50 x 70 mm.  Applicant must provide a picture meeting the following standards;
  • previously issued Czech or Czechoslovak passport;
  • in case of dual citizenship proof of the date when you became a Canadian citizen (e.g. Certificate of Canadian citizenship); -
  • official document containing the birth number of the applicant (valid passport, valid "občanský průkaz", birth certificate etc.);
  • document confirming new information if reason for application is a change of applicant 's personal information (for example a marriage license);
  • minors under the age of 18 must provide their birth certificates or/and other proof of the direct relationship to their legal guardians/parents.

Please note:

The new photo requirements are based on the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations, whose aim is to standardize passport photos and improve the verification of passport holders' identities.  A rather strict set of rules can sometimes result in a need to repeat the application procedure due to the fact that submitted photographs do not meet the prescribed requirements. In these cases, a new photograph must be submitted.

Processing time:

In average the delivery of new travel documents takes between four to six weeks, as passports are printed in the Czech Republic and subsequently sent via diplomatic mail. However, the legal issuance period is 4 months and we cannot guarantee that the passport will be issued and delivered to Canada sooner than that.

Application fee