Indian status

Apply for Indian status and a status card. Learn more about the Indian Register and band membership.

COVID-19-related office closure

All Indigenous Services Canada offices for Indian status and secure status card applications will be closed until further notice due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to apply for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status by mail, visit Are you applying for a status card.

Registered members of First Nations who have been evacuated and don't have a status card

Please call 1-800-567-9604 (TTY: 1-800-553-0554) if you:

Indigenous Services Canada is offering affected persons a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document to confirm that they are registered as an Indian under the Indian Act and have access to the benefits and services available for registered Indians.

Callers will be asked a series of questions to validate their identity and once confirmed, a letter will be sent within 5 to 7 days.

Services and information

What is Indian status?

Learn more about Indian status and the Indian Register.

Are you applying for a status card?

Find out how to apply for a status card and about processing time.

Are you eligible for Indian status?

Find out if you are eligible to register and how to apply.

Are you a service provider?

Find out what you need to know about status cards and the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.

About the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document

Find out what you need to know about the Temporary confirmation of Registration Document.

How to update the Indian Register?

Find out how to report an event or amend an entry.

Are you an Indian Registration Administrator?

Find out how to maintain the Indian Register.

About band membership and how to transfer to or create a band

Find out about band membership and how to transfer to, divide, merge or create a band.

Are you crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian?

Find out about crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian and which status cards can be used.

Matrimonial real property on reserve

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.

Estate services for First Nations people

Services to help families manage the legal and financial affairs of First Nations people who usually live on reserve and have died, or who are minors or dependent adults.

Treaty annuity payments

These are paid annually to Status Indians who are entitled to treaty annuities through membership in bands that have signed historic treaties with the Crown.

Indian moneys

Find out how First Nations can manage their band moneys and ISC’s role in managing Indian moneys held in trust for First Nations.

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