Securing the BC Services Card app
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Why you have to secure the app
Your privacy and security are important.
Securing the app prevents others from opening and using the app. For example, if your phone is lost, stolen or shared with others.
It prevents others from:
- Using the app to access various services as you - such as health, tax or student loan information
- Seeing your information that's displayed in the app
- Making changes to your account
The BC Services Card app is different from other apps provided by the B.C. government - such as the BC Wallet app and the Health Gateway app. They have their own security options.
Ways to secure the app
There are two options to secure the app. Both are never shared with us and never leave your device.
Option 1: Use the same security as your device
You can use the way you unlock your device. For example:
- A passcode, Touch ID or Face ID on an iPhone or iPad
- A password, pattern or fingerprint on an Android device
This is good for people who always use a device passcode and always keep their device secure. If you sometimes turn off the passcode, we recommend you use a PIN instead.
If you use this option, then anyone that can unlock this device can:
- See your identity information
- Access your data
- Access government services as you
- See your account information
Option 2: Use a PIN
You can choose a PIN that is only used to open this app. Your PIN must be 6 digits long.
This is good for people who do not secure their device with a passcode or sometimes turn it off. Make sure you remember your PIN.
Securing a new device
When you get a new device, you need to set up the BC Services Card app again.
For each device, you can choose which way you want to secure the app. If you use a PIN, you can choose the same or a different PIN.
The PIN you choose is never shared with us. It never leaves the device. Sorry, if you forget your PIN we cannot help you get or reset it.
If you cannot remember your PIN, you need to reset the app and set it up again.
How to change your PIN
Using the latest version of the BC Services Card app:
- Open the app
- Go to Settings
- Tap on App security
- Tap on Change PIN
App reset when device passcode turned off
If you turn off the passcode on your device, even temporarily, the app can no longer access the secure data for the BC Services Card app. You will need to set up the app again.
If you sometimes turn off the passcode, we recommend you use a PIN instead.
The app will not reset if you:
- Change your passcode
- Add or remove fingerprints
- Turn on or off your Face ID
The BC Services Card login process meets strict privacy and security standards.
While you may use your account to access different websites and services, your privacy is still protected.
- A health care provider will not be able to see your driving record
- A police officer or ICBC employee will not have access to your health records
Need more help?
You can find more help in the user guides. If you're not able to find what you're looking for and want to talk to someone, call the BC Services Card Help Desk.
BC Services Card Help Desk
Open Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays)