Application Information

A new process for applying is being developed which will be implemented in a phased approach across Canada, and once available you will need to present these identity documents along with your application.

Registered Indians 16 years of age and older:

Note: Original Baptismal Certificates are acceptable instead of a birth certificate (for applicants 65 years of age or older) however individuals are only eligible to receive an in-Canada SCIS card.

Valid identification includes:

If you have the following ID you only need to present one:

  • Canadian or United States Passport
  • SCIS 
  • Enhanced Driver's Licence
  • Enhanced Identification Card
  • NEXUS or FAST card

If you do not have the above ID you have to present two of the following:

  • Driver's licence (provincial, territorial or state)
  • CIS
  • Other government-issued ID (federal, provincial, territorial or state)
  • Your Indian Registry Administrator has a form you can complete if you only have 1 piece of ID  (however you can only apply for an in-Canada SCIS)

The valid identification presented must include a name, photograph and the signature of the applicant, though not necessarily on the same document.

Please note, failure to complete all the sections of the form and submit all necessary documentation will result in your application being refused and returned to you. A complete application package allows for improved service through more efficient and timely processing of applications.

Registered Indians 15 years of age and under or Dependent Adults:

Parents and Guardians must provide the following:

For an in-Canada SCIS:

For a border-crossing SCIS:

In addition to the above requirements:

Valid identification includes:

  • Canadian or United States Passport
  • Current status card or SCIS 
  • Enhanced Driver's Licence
  • Enhanced Identification Card
  • NEXUS or FAST card
  • Driver's Licence (provincial, territorial or state)
  • Other federal, provincial, territorial or state government-issued ID

The valid identification of parents / legal guardians must include a name, photograph and a signature, though not necessarily on the same document.

Please note, failure to complete all the sections of the form and submit all necessary documentation will result in your application being refused and returned to you. A complete application package allows for improved service through more efficient and timely processing of applications.

Return of Original Documents:

Original documents sent to AANDC in support of registration and SCIS applications will be returned to applicants using Canada Post regular mail. Please note that all foreign country original proof of identity documents will be returned using a Canada Post secure envelope.

Service Standard for Processing SCIS Applications:

The Department is currently processing complete applications for SCIS issuance within the service standard of 16 weeks.

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