Secured Certificate of Indian Status
(New Status Card)

Why do First Nations need a new card?

The Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) includes several security improvements to help protect First Nations individuals from identity theft while providing them with access to benefits and services. The existing Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) is either a paper-laminate or plastic card with very few of the security features now normally expected of a government issued identity document that provides access to benefits and services. This makes the card open to tampering and counterfeiting.

A project was initiated to address the need for increased security features on Status cards to reduce the risks of identity theft and forgery. This also helps to ensure the ongoing integrity of programs and services.


How is the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) secure?

The new SCIS features several security improvements such as:

  • Laser engraving which burns information directly into the card;
  • Touch data that uses raised letters and numbers on the card surface;
  • atterns of extremely fine lines that cannot easily be scanned or copied;
  • An ultra-violet image and printing that is visible using specialized equipment; and
  • A window, appearing as a clear area in the card that allows a secondary photo image of the cardholder to be visible from both sides.

To Register individuals 16 years of age and older, you will need to:


To Register Individuals 15 years of age and under or Dependent Adult, you will need to:

  • Completed INAC FORM 83-131E 
  • Original long form birth certificate (with both parents named); AND
  • Completed INAC FORM 83-111E (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.
How can I apply?
You can apply for an in-Canada SCIS by completing the SCIS application form, providing all documentation and mailing* it to:
SCIS Processing Unit         
10 Wellington Street           
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H4
You can apply by visiting the Vancouver office:
Suite 600
1138 Melville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6E 4S3
*Do not tamper with the application, documents with information whited out or scribbled out will be rejected)

Important Tips for your Application

  1. Do Not scribble or white out any information. If you make an error, print a new form and start over
  2. If you are mailing in your application, have the Guarantor sign the back of your passport photos and copies of your identification with a statement saying "this is a true likeness of_______"
  3. Do not go outside of the box when signing the application

The application process takes approximately up to 16 weeks