Skip to main content

Accepted ID

Last updated on January 29, 2024


You need to provide government-issued ID to set up a BC Services Card account.

If you have a BC Service Card:

Or, if you do not have a BC Services Card:


Option 1: Just provide a BC Services Card with a photo

There are 2 types of BC Services Cards that have a photo:

You will not need to provide other ID with this option.

 

Option 2: Provide a BC Services Card without a photo + photo ID

You'll need to provide additional ID if you use a BC Services Card without a photo.

 

If your additional ID does not have the exact name as on your BC Services Card:

Accepted photo ID

The number of IDs you need will depend on what type of ID you have.

Choose just one of these photo IDs:

  • B.C. driver's licence
  • BC Identity Card (BCID)
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status card, issued by the Government of Canada
  • Canadian identity card, issued by Global Affairs Canada

Or, choose two IDs from the following lists:

First, choose one that is issued within Canada:

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian study permit
  • Canadian work permit
  • Canadian visitor record
  • Canadian temporary resident permit
  • Other immigration record issued in Canada

Secondly, choose one of these photo IDs:

  • Passport, issued by a  country other than Canada 
  • Driver's licence, issued in Canada or the U.S.
  • Identity card, issued in Canada or the U.S.
  • Health card with photo, issued in Canada
  • Tla’amin Nation citizenship card
  • Métis (MNBC) ID card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • NEXUS card

 

Option 3: Provide 2 pieces of government-issued ID

If you do not have a BC Services Card, you can now provide 2 pieces of government-issued ID instead. At least one of them must have a photo on it.

It's important to know that:

First, choose one of the following IDs issued in Canada:

  • B.C. driver's licence
  • BC Identity Card (BCID)
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian study permit
  • Canadian work permit
  • Canadian visitor record
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • Canadian temporary resident permit
  • Canadian identity card, issued by Global Affairs Canada
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status card, issued by the Government of Canada
  • Other immigration record issued in Canada

Then, choose another ID from the list above, or one of these IDs:

  • Passport, issued by a country other than Canada 
  • Driver's licence, issued by any location in Canada or the U.S.
  • Identity card, issued by any location in Canada or the U.S.
  • Health card with photo, issued in Canada
  • Tla’amin Nation citizenship card
  • Métis (MNBC) ID card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • NEXUS card

 

ID requitements

Photocopies

ID must be an original, or a true copy of the original, certified by the issuing government agency.

Photocopies are not accepted.

Expired ID

All your ID must be valid and not expired.

ID in English

At this time, we only accept ID in English. In some cases, you can use ID that has been translated.


Don't have the ID listed above?

Let us know what ID you do have. Email us at bcservicescard@gov.bc.ca and describe:

  • What ID you have
  • What website you're trying to access

Was this page helpful?