Applying for a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card) or Certificate of Indian Status (status card) involves several steps. This guide provides a detailed overview of the process, including how to apply, renew, or replace a status card.
Step 1: Get the Application Form
- Online: Access the Status card application form online. Use the form finder tool for assistance.
- By Mail: Request the form by calling Public enquiries.
- In Person: Obtain the form at a regional office, a First Nations office, or from a trusted source.
Step 2: Find a Guarantor
A guarantor is needed if:
- Applying by mail and not eligible for simplified renewal.
- Providing identification that doesn’t meet all requirements for valid acceptable identification.
- Submitting an application in person on behalf of someone else.
- Learn who can act as a guarantor.
Step 3: Fill Out the Application Form
- Detailed instructions for adults (16 or older) and for children (15 or younger) or dependent adults are available online: Status card.
Step 4: Review the Application
Before submitting, ensure:
- All relevant sections of the form are filled out.
- The form is signed and dated.
- All necessary documents are included.
- Acceptable photos are submitted.
- A guarantor declaration is included, if necessary.
- For a child or dependent adult, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form.
Step 5: Submit the Application
Submit all necessary documents and photos with the complete application form to avoid delays. Applications can be submitted in person at regional offices, First Nations offices, or trusted sources, or by mail to the National SCIS Processing Unit in Gatineau, QC.
- For Adults (16 or Older): Submit a complete application form, acceptable photos, valid identification, a guarantor declaration, and any name-linking documents if there has been a name change.
- For Children (15 or Younger) or Dependent Adults: Submit a complete application form, photos, identification of the applying parent or guardian, legal documents for custody or guardianship, a guarantor declaration, and name-linking documents if there has been a name change.
Renewing a Secure Status Card
- The secure status card is valid for 10 years for adults and dependent adults, and 5 years for children.
- Simplified renewal is available under certain conditions.
- The renewal process is similar to the initial application if not eligible for simplified renewal.
Changing Personal Information on a Secure Status Card
- Fill out the same form as for the initial application and indicate the changes.
- Submit name-linking documents for name changes and valid identification.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Status Cards
- Report the incident by calling Public enquiries.
- The replacement process is the same as the initial application.
Protecting Against Identity Theft
- The secure status card has several security features to protect against identity theft.
Applying for Someone Else
- A third-party application requires a complete application form, acceptable photos, copies of valid identification, a guarantor declaration, consent from the applicant, and identification of the third party.
Applying for a status card requires careful attention to detail and adherence to the specified process. Ensure all documents and photos are submitted correctly to avoid delays in processing.