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:
- are from one of the communities evacuated
- don't have your Certificate of Indian Status (status card) or Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card)
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
Learn more about Indian status and the Indian Register.
Find out how to apply for a status card and about processing time.
Find out if you are eligible to register and how to apply.
Find out what you need to know about status cards and the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.
Find out what you need to know about the Temporary confirmation of Registration Document.
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 about crossing the Canada-U.S. border as a Status Indian and which status cards can be used.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how First Nations can manage their band moneys and ISC’s role in managing Indian moneys held in trust for First Nations.