Renew your secure status card
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When to renew
The secure status card is valid for:
- 10 years for adults and dependent adults (16 or older)
- 5 years for children (15 or younger)
You may be eligible for a simplified renewal if you're an already registered adult and meet all these 4 conditions:
- You were 16 or older when you last applied for a secure status card.
- The following personal information has not changed since your last secure status card was issued: your family name, given names, date of birth, First Nation affiliation and registration number.
- Your last secure status card was not revoked or reported lost, stolen or damaged.
- You're applying no more than 1 year before and no later than the renewal date on the front of your secure status card.
If you're eligible for a simplified renewal, you:
- can use the shorter, simplified application form
- don't have to find a guarantor if applying by mail
If you're not eligible for a simplified renewal
If you're not eligible for a simplified renewal or applying for a child or dependent adult, the renewal process is the same as when first applying for a secure status card. Fill out the same application form and check "Renewal" under "Reason for application".
You can renew your current secure status card up to 1 year before the "Renew before" date on your card.
If you're applying after the "Renew before" date on your secure status card, fill out the same application form as when first applying for a secure status card and check "Renewal" under "Reason for application".
To find out more about which form to use to renew your secure status card: Get help finding the right form.
We don't reassess your entitlement to registration when you apply for or renew your card
Your entitlement to registration under the Indian Act doesn't expire, but your card does. You need to renew it to make sure your photo reflects your current appearance, which will prevent challenges when accessing rights, benefits, programs and services.
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