What is considered valid acceptable identification
Documents accepted as valid identification when applying for registration under the Indian Act or a secure status card.
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What is valid acceptable identification
The identification needs to be issued by a federal, provincial, territorial or state government authority and valid, that is, not expired.
To be considered acceptable, the valid identification needs to include your:
- date of birth
Which forms of valid identification are acceptable
Valid acceptable identification includes:
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card)
- the secure status card is acceptable if you were an adult (16 or older) when you last applied for it or are using it to apply on behalf of a child (15 or younger) or dependent adult
- Certificate of Indian Status (status card)
- the status card is acceptable if you are using it to apply on behalf of a child (15 or younger) or dependent adult
- an international passport is acceptable if it includes your name, date of birth, photo and signature and, if not in English or French, is accompanied by a professionally translated version
- driver's license
- Canadian military identification card
- government-issued identification card
- health card, if it shows your name, date of birth, photo and signature
- provincial, territorial or federal Correctional Services identification, with or without a signature
- Canadian citizenship card issued before February 1, 2012
- Canadian permanent resident card with signature, issued before February 4, 2012
- U.S. permanent resident card
If applying in person, you need to present original valid acceptable identification.
If you need a guarantor, you need to submit copies of the front and back of valid acceptable identification, each copy signed and dated by your guarantor.
How to apply if you don't have valid acceptable identification
If you don't have a valid acceptable piece of identification with your name, date of birth, photo and signature, you can submit multiple valid pieces of identification that, when combined, meet all of those requirements.
If you only have one piece of valid identification that meets some of the requirements, you can submit that piece of identification with a guarantor declaration.
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