Are you a service provider?

Find out what you need to know about status cards and the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.

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What is a service provider?

A service provider is an organization or business that provides various services and benefits, such as health or social services and benefits, to persons registered as Indians under the Indian Act. The services and benefits provided can be from federal, provincial or territorial government programs or from any other program that delivers services.

To find out more about Indian status, visit What is Indian status.

Which status cards are accepted?

As of February 2019, all versions of the Secure Certificate of Indian Status and Certificate of Indian Status are accepted until their renewal date.

To find out which status cards are currently accepted, visit Is your status card still valid.

You can also find out if a secure status card is valid by calling 1-877-VALIDE8 (1-877-825-4338). This service is only available for the Secure Certificate of Indian Status.

What other documents are accepted?

As a service provider, you may also accept an original Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) as proof of Indian status. A photocopy of a TCRD or a TCRD that has been altered in any way is not valid.

To ensure the TCRD is valid, check for the expiry date and the raised seal of the Indian Registrar in the bottom-right corner.

To find out more about the TCRD, visit About the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document.

Is the cardholder exempt from taxation?

If "Cardholder is not eligible for sales/transaction tax exemption" appears on the back of the secure status card, the cardholder is not exempt from taxation.

Cardholders with this message printed on the back of their status cards are members of a First Nation that has negotiated a self-government agreement, resulting in a change to eligibility for tax exemption for its members.

To find out more about tax exemption for Status Indians, visit Information on the tax exemption under section 87 of the Indian Act.

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