Find out more about Indian status and status card applications, the Indian Register, band membership, estates, band moneys and treaty annuity payments.
Status card validity during COVID-19 pandemic
- Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has extended the validity date of status cards until further notice.
- Service providers should accept status cards or Temporary Confirmation of Registration Documents (TCRDs), with identification, even if the renewal or expiry date has passed.
- Indian status does not expire. Your registration number confirms your status and can be used to access some services and programs.
Service hours update
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person services for Indian status and secure status card applications at some of our offices may be closed depending on the public health guidance in your province or territory.
- To find out if the office near you is open, contact your closest regional office.
- To apply by mail, visit Are you applying for Indian status or How to apply for a status card. Processing times, including return of original documents, are delayed.
- To find out how to apply for COVID-19-related benefits, visit Coronavirus and Indigenous communities.
Registered persons who have been evacuated and don't have a status card
Contact Public enquiries to obtain proof of registration. You will be asked a series of questions to validate your identity and, once confirmed, proof of registration will be sent to you.
Services and information
Find out if you are eligible to register and how to apply.
Find out how to apply for a status card and about processing time.
Find out more about Indian status and the Indian Register.
Find out about treaty annuity payments paid annually to First Nations peoples entitled to receive annuities as a result of their bands signing certain historic treaties with the Crown.
Find out how First Nations can manage their band moneys and about ISC's responsibility to manage moneys held in trust for First Nations.
Find out which status cards can be used to cross the Canada-U.S. border if you are registered under the Indian Act.
Find out what services are available to help manage the affairs of a minor, a dependent adult or a deceased family member or friend who usually lives or lived on a reserve.
Find out how to report an event or amend an entry.
Find out how to maintain the Indian Register.
Find out about band membership and how to transfer to, create, divide or merge a band.
Find out what you need to know about status cards and the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.
Find out what rights and protections are available after the end of a marriage, common-law relationship or death of a spouse or common-law partner.
Find out what you need to know about the Temporary confirmation of Registration Document.
Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship: Engagement
Find out how the Government of Canada is consulting on Indian registration, band membership and First Nations citizenship.