Find out more about Indian status and status card applications, the Indian Register, band membership, estates, moneys and treaty annuity payments.
COVID-19: Office closures
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Indigenous Services Canada offices for Indian status and secure status card applications will be closed until further notice.
- 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.
- Indian status does not expire. Your registration number confirms your status and can be used to access some services and programs.
- During this time, service providers should accept status cards or Temporary Confirmation of Registration Documents (TCRDs), with identification, even if the renewal or expiry date has passed, until offices re-open.
Visit Coronavirus and Indigenous communities to find out how to apply for COVID-19-related benefits.
Registered persons who have been evacuated and don't have a status card
Please contact Public enquiries if you:
- are from one of the communities evacuated
- don't have a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card) or a Certificate of Indian Status (status card)
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 to Status Indians who are members of a Treaty First Nation.
Find out how First Nations can manage their band moneys and about ISC’s responsibility to manage Indian moneys held in trust for First Nations.
Find out about crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian and which status cards can be used.
Services to help you manage the affairs of a minor, a dependent-adult relative, or a deceased relative, who is a First Nations member, who usually lives 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, divide, merge or create 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.