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I want to replace or update my citizenship certificate. What do I do with my current certificate?

You can only have 1 valid citizenship certificate. Your next steps depend on the type of certificate you have.

If you have an electronic certificate (e-certificate)

When you submit your application to replace or update your certificate

  • delete or destroy all printed and digital copies of your e-certificate
  • do not download another copy of your e-certificate until we make a decision on your application

If you have a paper citizenship certificate or citizenship card

When you apply for a certificate, you must return

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

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

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

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