Application forms for Indian status and status cards

Find the forms you need to submit when applying for registration under the Indian Act and a status card.

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Indian status

Adults (16 or older)

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For applicants 16 or older, you must submit:

To find out more about how to apply for registration under the Indian Act, visit How to apply for Indian status or contact Public enquiries.

It can take 6 months to 2 years to process a complete registration application, depending on the complexity of the file.

Children (15 or younger) or dependent adults

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For children (15 or younger) or dependent adults, you must submit:

To find out more about how to apply for registration under the Indian Act, visit How to apply for Indian status or contact Public enquiries.

It can take 6 months to 2 years to process a complete registration application, depending on the complexity of the file.

Unknown or unstated parentage

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If you are asserting unknown or unstated parentage, you can submit:

Status card

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If you are applying for your first secure status card or to renew, replace or update your secure status card, you must submit:

 Some First Nations still issue Certificates of Indian Status (status cards). If your First Nation does, submit your application for a status card to your First Nation office's Indian Registration Administrator using:

To find out more about secure status cards, visit Get, renew or replace a status card or contact Public enquiries.

It usually takes 8 to 12 weeks to process a complete application for a secure status card. You must be registered under the Indian Act to apply for a secure status card.

Guarantor information

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If you need a guarantor, you must submit:

  • Guarantor Declaration: Registration and Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)

If you can't find a guarantor, you must submit:

  • Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor: Registration and Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)
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