You may need to file a search of citizenship records request if:
- You need to prove your Canadian citizenship but do not have the necessary documents to get (or replace) a Canadian citizenship certificate. (You need proof of citizenship to apply for a Canadian passport, among other privileges.)
- You need to prove your parent or grandparent was a Canadian citizen.
- You are a permanent resident and you need to demonstrate to your home country that you haven't been naturalized in Canada, but you cannot apply for a PR Card (or your home country will not accept a PR Card as proof of status).
- You are attempting to get a passport from another country and you need to prove that you, your parent or your grandparent was not naturalized in Canada at a given point in time.
You can find the application here.
If you are not a citizen, and would like to be, you can use our handy residence calculator to see if you qualify: