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, business or individual that dispenses various services and benefits, such as medical or social services and benefits, for eligible Status Indians as identified in the Indian Act. They can be federal, provincial or territorial governments, or other program and service providers.

To learn more about Indian status, visit What is Indian status.

Which status cards are accepted?

As of January 2017, four types of status cards are still accepted. Find out how to recognize them and what information they contain by consulting Is your status card still valid.

To find out if a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card) is valid (not expired and not reported lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed), you can call 1-877-VALIDE8 (1-877-825-4338). This service is only available for secure status cards.

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.

People who hold a card with this message printed on the back are members of a self-governing First Nation that has negotiated a self-government arrangement, resulting in a change to eligibility for tax exemption for its members.

Find out more about tax exemption for Status Indians.

What is a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document?

A Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) is a document issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) that confirms to service providers that the person is a Status Indian and has access to benefits and services for registered Indians.

The document features:

  • an expiration date (usually one year after date of registration)
  • an INAC letterhead, top-left corner
  • the Canada logo with a red flag, bottom-right corner
  • a raised Indian Registrar's seal, bottom-right corner (above the Canada logo)

INAC encourages persons who receive a TCRD to print this web page and have it ready to share with service providers.

If a TCRD is photocopied or altered in any way, it is not valid.

Service providers should look for the raised Indian Registrar’s seal in the bottom-right corner to ensure the TCRD is valid; and may want to confirm the person’s identity by asking them for another piece of photo identification.

To find out more, contact INAC Public Enquiries.

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