Permanent Resident Card

The Permanent Resident (PR) Card program issues PR Cards to permanent residents of Canada, who must present theirs when travelling by any commercial carrier (airplane, boat, ferry, bus, train, taxi or limousine) as proof of their status in Canada.

Delivered by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Application Information

  • Permanent residents who obtained permanent resident status in Canada before June 28, 2002 must apply for a PR Card.
  • Since June 28, 2002, permanent residents arriving in Canada receive their first Permanent Resident Card automatically as part of the Permanent resident application process and the cost of the card is included in their permanent resident application fees.
  • Application for a Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).

Completed PR card application forms must be submitted by mail to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia with the following documentation:

  • proof of identity, such as a passport or an identity document issued by the applicant's country of citizenship.
  • proof of residence in Canada.
  • two recent photographs – these must meet specifications.  PR Card photos are not the same as passport photos.

Financial Information

  • There is a fee of $50 to apply for a PR Card in Canada.

Dates and Deadlines

  • The processing times for permanent resident cards is posted on the CIC website.

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

Related Information

  • PR Cards are not automatically issued to replace records of landing.