Physicians were once inundated with requests to act as a Guarantor for a patient applying for a passport. As a result of changes that took effect in 2007, this pressure has been alleviated by limiting when a Guarantor is required and by substantially broadening the scope of who can act as a Guarantor.
Now, Canadians are typically no longer required to have a “Declaration of Guarantor” to renew their passport.
Where a Guarantor is needed, such as for first time applicants, they do not have to be a member of a certain profession. Rather, most adult Canadians who hold a valid passport are eligible to act as a Guarantor for first time applicants.
These changes make it easier for patients to find Guarantors and easier for you to get on with the business of practicing medicine. For more information on passports, check Passport Canada’s website.
If you do choose to act as a Guarantor, you are prohibited from receiving compensation for doing so. If payment is accepted, the application becomes invalid and the applicant can be ordered to submit a new form signed by a different Guarantor.
Remember – if you volunteer to act as a Guarantor, the law prohibits you from charging any fee whatsoever.
Updated: June 2015