About the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document

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What is a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document?

Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document
Description of the Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document
  1. the INAC letterhead, top left corner
  2. an expiry date (one year after issue date)
  3. the raised seal of the Indian Registrar, bottom right
  4. the Canada logo with a red flag, bottom right corner

A Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) is an official document issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) that confirms registration as a Status Indian under the Indian Act and eligibility to benefits, programs and services available to Status Indians. Status Indians may request a TCRD in situations where temporary proof of Indian status is required, for example:

The document features:

  1. the INAC letterhead
  2. an expiry date (one year after issue date)
  3. the raised seal of the Indian Registrar
  4. the Canada logo with a red flag

How to request a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document?

You can request a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) by calling Public Enquiries. Your TCRD will be sent to you by mail.

To request a TCRD, you must already have Indian status and be able to confirm your identity. If the request is made on behalf of a child or dependent adult, you must also provide the most recent legal documents proving custody or guardianship, if applicable.

For how long is a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document valid?

A Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) is valid for 1 year for adults, children and dependent adults. INAC recommends applying for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status, or secure status card, valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children and dependent adults.

A secure status card is a more recognized and accepted form of identification to confirm Indian status. To find out how to apply for a secure status card, visit Are you applying for a status card.

What benefits and services are available with a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document?

A Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) allows access to benefits, programs and services available to Status Indians.

Will service providers accept a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document?

You must present your original Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) to service providers. A photocopy of a TCRD or a TCRD that has been altered in any way is not valid. INAC recommends that you print this web page and have it ready to share with service providers. You may be asked for a piece of acceptable valid identification to confirm your identity.

If you are a service provider, check for the expiry date and the raised seal of the Indian Registrar to ensure the TCRD is valid.

What can you do if your Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed?

If your Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD) has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can request a new one. The replacement steps are the same as when first requesting a TCRD.

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