What is considered acceptable valid identification?
Find out what documents are accepted as valid identification when applying for Indian status or a secure status card.
What is considered an acceptable valid identity document?
The identity document must have been issued by a federal, provincial, territorial or state government authority and must be valid (not expired).
To be considered acceptable, the valid identity document must include your:
- date of birth
Which forms of valid identification are acceptable?
Acceptable valid identification includes:
- passport (an international passport is acceptable if it includes the name, date of birth, photo and signature of the applicant and is accompanied by a professionally translated version if not in French or English)
- driver's license
- enhanced driver's license
- Canadian military identification card
- government-issued identification card
- government-issued enhanced identification card
- health card
- Canadian citizenship card (issued before February 1, 2012)
- Canadian permanent resident card
- U.S. permanent resident card (green card)
Original documents or photocopies are accepted. Photocopies must be of the front and back of the document, signed and dated by a guarantor and accompanied by a guarantor declaration (PDF print only, 137 Kb, 2 pages; PDF fillable/saveable, 92 Kb, 2 pages).
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) makes every possible effort to return original documents within one month after receiving an application.
How to apply if you do not have acceptable valid identification?
If you can't provide one acceptable valid identity document with the four requirements (name, date of birth, photo and signature), you may provide multiple valid identity documents that, when combined, meet all of the requirements.
If you only have one valid identity document that meets some of the requirements, you may provide that document and an original guarantor declaration (PDF print only, 137 Kb, 2 pages; PDF fillable/saveable, 92 Kb, 2 pages).
If you can't find a guarantor, you must complete and submit a statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor (PDF print only, 172 Kb, 2 pages; PDF fillable/saveable, 102 Kb, 2 pages. 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.