What do you need when applying for a secure status card?
Find out what documents are required when applying for a secure status card.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) does not charge for the secure status card. However, there are costs related to obtaining supporting documents, including photos. Each person must pay for their own documents, including photos, to support their application.
What documents do you need to submit when applying for an adult secure status card?
If you are 16 or older and are applying for a status card, need to renew your card or have lost your card more than six months ago, you need the following documents to apply for your Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card):
- a completed Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Adult Application for Applicants 16 Years of Age or Older
- two identical Canadian passport-style photos
- one piece of acceptable valid identification
- a guarantor declaration, if applying by mail or if you do not have valid identification that meets the requirements
What documents are required for a child or dependent adult?
If you are applying for a child 15 or younger or a dependent adult, you need the following documents to apply for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status:
- a completed Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Parent or Legal Guardian Application for Applicants 15 Years of Age or Younger or a Dependent Adult
- an original or a photocopy of the long-form birth certificate of the child or dependent adult or other legal document of trusteeship or guardianship
- two identical Canadian passport-style photos of the child or dependent adult
- a guarantor declaration, if you are applying by mail or if you do not have acceptable valid identification that meets requirements
One parent or legal guardian must sign the application form. The parent or legal guardian must:
- present one piece of acceptable valid identification that includes their name, date of birth, photo and signature
- provide a marriage certificate or other name-linking document if their identification has a different last name than the name on the child or dependent adult’s birth certificate or the custody documents
What is considered acceptable valid identification?
Acceptable valid identification must include your:
- date of birth
It must have been issued by a federal, provincial, territorial or state government authority.
Acceptable valid identification includes:
- passport (an international passport is acceptable if it includes your name, date of birth, photo and signature and is accompanied by a professionally translated version if not in French or English)
- driver’s licence
- enhanced driver’s licence
- Canadian military identification card
- government-issued identification card
- government-issued enhanced identification card
- health card
- Canadian citizenship card (issued before February 1, 2012)
- Canada permanent residence card (maple leaf card)
- U.S. permanent residence card (green card)
Original documents or photocopies are accepted. Photocopies must be of the front and back of the documents, signed and dated by a guarantor and accompanied by a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Guarantor Declaration.
If you cannot provide one acceptable valid supporting identity document with the four requirements (name, date of birth, photo and signature), you may provide multiple valid pieces of supporting identification that, when combined, meet all of the requirements.
If you only have one valid piece of supporting identification that meets some of the requirements, you may provide that piece and an original Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Guarantor Declaration.
If you cannot find a guarantor, you may complete and submit the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor. You must complete and sign this form before a commissioner of oaths, a notary public or a lawyer.
To find out more, contact INAC Public Enquiries or your INAC regional office.
How will the original documents submitted be returned?
Original documents sent to INAC in support of a secure status card application will be returned by regular mail. All foreign country original proof of identity documents will be returned using a Canada Post secure envelope.