kkb-cresentshapeFirst issued in 1956, the Certificate of Indian Status, more commonly referred to as a Status card, is an identity document issued for administrative reasons by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to confirm that the cardholder is registered as a Status Indian under the Indian Act

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How to Spply or Replace Your Status Card

How to Apply for a Secure Certificate of Indian Stauts

Registered Indians 16 years of age and older:

  • Completed application form: a SCIS Adult Application For Applicants Sixteen (16) Years of Age or Older (83-130)
  • Original birth certificate (long or short form); AND
  • Two passport style photographs; AND
  • valid identification; AND
  • Guarantor declaration (if applying by mail); AND
  • If you have taken your spouses last name – you will need:
    • Copy of marriage certificate(s) (if you have valid ID in your married name, other than a CIS); OR
    • Original government issued marriage certificate(s) (if you do not have valid ID in your married name); OR
    • Legal change of name document

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:

  • Completed application form: a SCIS Parent or Legal Guardian Application for Applicants Fifteen (15) Years of Age or Younger or a Dependent Adult (83-131)
  • Original long form birth certificate (with both parents named); AND
  • Guarantor declaration (if applying by mail); AND
  • Two passport style photographs; AND

Parents and Guardians must provide the following:

For an in-Canada SCIS:

  • One parent or legal guardian is required to accompany the child or dependent adult and sign the application form; AND
  • Marriage certificate or other name-linking documents (only if your ID has a different last name than the name on the child’s birth certificate or custody documents); AND
  • Legal guardians are also required to provide documentation of trusteeship / guardianship; AND
  • The parent or legal guardian must present one piece of valid identification.

For a border-crossing SCIS:

In addition to the above requirements:

  • Both parents or legal guardians are required to accompany the child or dependent adult and sign the application form (if applicable); OR
  • One parent can accompany the child / dependent adult, however either a completed guarantor form OR the original documentation of the other parent or legal guardian must be presented; AND
  • In the case of separation or divorce, complete copies of all legal documentation regarding the child’s custody, access or mobility are required.

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.

Call Stella Gerow to book an appointment to replace a lost, stolen or “expired” status card.

1-877-635-6177 ext. 105 or 250-635-6177 ext. 105

Application forms will be added soon.