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Indian Status
SECURECERTIFICATEOF
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SecureCertificateof Indian Status
An Individual recognized by the federal government as being registered under the
IndianAct is referred toas aRegistered Indianor Status Indianand iseligible for a status
card, regardless of age. Obtaining Indian Status and having an Indian Status Card
ensures that you are able to receive the range of programs and services specifically
offeredby federalandprovincialgovernments to those individualsconsideredRegistered
or Status Indians. A Status Card is an identity document deliveredby Aboriginal Affairs
andNorthernDevelopment Canada (AANDC).
TheCertificateof IndianStatus (CIS) is undergoing anupgrade to improve security features,
protect against identity theft and tomeet the changing requirements at theborder with the
United States. The new Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) includes several security
improvements andwill be valid for 10 years for adults and valid for 5 years for childrenunder
15 years old.
You are not yet required to change your old Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) into the
new Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS). However, in the future it will become
mandatory toobtainaSCIS inorder to receivebenefits and cross into theUnitedStates.
PersonswithStatus are stronglyencouraged tomakeanappointment to secure thenew
SCIS card.
Apply:
• Inpersonby appointment
•Bymail (in- Canada format only)
Cost:
•AANDCdoes not chargeFirst Nations individuals for the SCISCard
Format:
AANDChas two formats of theSCIS card in circulation:
• In-Canada Format is for accessing services andbenefits inCanada.
•Border-CrossingFormat
oProvides the same access to services as the in-Canada format
oAcceptabledocument topresent when visiting theUnited States via landports
of entry (vehicle/land, ferry, and lake crossings)
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