Find out about guarantors, their role and responsibilities, which situations require a guarantor and who can act as a guarantor.
What is a guarantor?
A guarantor is a person who can confirm your identity when you are applying for Indian status or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card) as an adult or as the parent or legal guardian of a child or dependent adult.
Which situations require a guarantor?
A guarantor is needed when you are:
- applying by mail
- providing valid identification that does not meet all of the requirements (name, date of birth, photo and signature)
- submitting an application in person on behalf of an adult or on behalf of a parent or legal guardian applying for a child or dependent adult
Who can act as guarantor?
The guarantor must:
- be 18 years of age or older
- reside in Canada or the United States
- be capable of being reached by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for the purpose of verifying information
- have known you personally for at least two years, that is, be able to confirm your name, approximate age, place of birth, physical description and some personal history, for example, your place of residence
- be a person with a valid Secure Certificate of Indian Status who was 16 or older when they applied for their card or be a person working in an eligible occupation
A family member or a person living at the same address as you may act as guarantor if they meet the above conditions.
A parent or legal guardian applying for Indian status or a secure status card on behalf of a child or dependent adult cannot act as the guarantor for the child or dependent adult.
|Elected or appointed official||
Police (RCMP, provincial, territorial, municipal or First Nations)
|Minister of religion||
|Senior university, college or administrative position
Trade schools and other schools under federal and provincial or territorial government administration
|Professional engineer (P.Eng.) (ing., in Quebec)||
|INAC appointed position||
Accepted for regular members and their dependents only:
If the applicant is known for less than two years, any other commissioned officer of the Regular Forces with access to service records may act as a guarantor. In this case, the guarantor must specify that you are known from documents or records of service.
What is required of a guarantor?
Guarantors must perform the following tasks, as needed:
- complete and sign a guarantor declaration (PDF print only, 137 Kb, 2 pages; PDF fillable/saveable, 2 pages, 85 Kb)
- clearly write "This is a true likeness of (name of adult applicant or name of child or dependent adult)" on the back of one of the two passport-style photos and sign and date it
- sign and date the photocopies of the front and back of each piece of acceptable valid identification
- perform their duties by themselves
- complete their duties free of charge
If your guarantor needs help, please contact INAC Public Enquiries.
If you can't find a guarantor
If you can't find a guarantor, you must complete and submit a statuary declaration in lieu of guarantor (PDF, print only, 172 Kb, 2 pages; PDF, fillable/saveable, 102 Kb, 2 pages) and provide two references that are not related to you. The statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor must be completed before a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer.