Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues the Permanent Resident card and it acts as a valid identity document for persons traveling abroad and returning to Canada by car, boat, airline or any other means of commercial transportation. Hence, it is always advised to renew your Permanent Residence Card on time to avail its full advantage. Usual validity of the PR card is five years.
All new Permanent Residents receive their first PR card as a part of the Canada Immigration Process, since 2002. Hence, only timely renewals are required to be applied for with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), thus, such applications for PR renewal should be submitted prior to the expiry date.