November 4, 2007 at 10:32 am (Talk of the Town)
If, like me, you’ve had to renew or apply for a new passport recently, you probably know that the regulations about who can sign as your guarantor have changed. It makes so much more sense now.
In the past, you guarantor had to be a professional that met certain qualifications. I’m curious if my old doctor in Toronto would have been able to recognize me outside of the context of her office. Considering the process Canadians need to undergo in order to obtain a passport, short of getting an anal probe, it simply makes sense to allow someone holding a valid passport to verify your identity.
Also, if you need to get a passport photo done, go to a “professional” photo finisher, like Photovision on Main St (I couldn’t find a link). While waiting to submit my application at the federal building, a woman sitting next to me mentioned that it was her third time in, because her photo kept being rejected. The clerk confirmed to me that Photovision in Whitehorse have a lower rejection rate than places in town like Wally World and Shopper’s. They probably charge a higher rate ($20), but it’s worth not having to return because your photograph doesn’t meet the passport office’s specifications.
Oh, and you can’t smile on your photo anymore. So expect to see a mugshot, no matter how hard
to you try to look normal.
Whatever you do, don’t mail it in. Go to Human Resources in the federal building and they’ll check everything first, take payment, and send it off for you.
My biggest challenge was trying to get to the office before they close at the ridiculous early hour of 4pm.