This list is applicable to ID requirements for opening an account and cashing a Government of Canada cheque under the Access to Basic Banking Regulations.
- Driver's license issued in Canada1 - permanent Drivers licence only; temporary licences not acceptable
- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization - not a commemorative issue
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Citizen and Immigration Canada Form IMM 1000 or IMM 1442
- Old Age Security card - issued by Government of Canada
- Passport - Canadian
- Permanent resident card2
- Provincial Health Care card3 - issued by Provincial Government
- Provincially issued identification document or card4 - Bearing photo and signature, issued by any of the following authorities only:
a) Insurance Corp. of BC
b) Alberta Registries
c) Saskatchewan Govt. Insurance
d) Dept. of Service Nova Scotia
e) Dept. of Transport. Prov. of PEI
f) Service New Brunswick
g) Dept. of Govt. Service NFLD/Lab.
h) Dept. of Transport. NWT
i) Dept. of Comm. Govt/Trans Nunavut
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) card5 - card must be presented to qualify as ID
- Bank debit/ABM card - name and signature must be on card
- CNIB identification card - bearing photo and signature
- Credit Card6 - issued in Canada bearing name and signature
- Employee identity card - bearing photo, issued by an employer that is well known in the community
- Passport – Foreign (if all the information is understandable - i.e. properly translated if in foreign language)
1 For drivers licenses issued for the first time in Ontario, the licenses will reflect an expiration date that corresponds with the date the picture was initially taken, not the driver's birthdate as most provinces use to determine the expiration date. In addition, if there are two drivers with the same name and same birthdate in Ontario, twelve months will be added to the month of the second driver's birthdate e.g. John Smith DOB 30/11/1951 will be printed as 30/23/1951.
2 Citizen & Immigration Canada Form IMM5292 is also acceptable as it is issued temporarily until the permanent resident card is produced and issued.
3 As permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law. Ontario, PEI and Manitoba prohibit the use of health insurance cards as ID. Quebec Health Insurance card can only be used for ID if the cardholder offers it i.e. the bank cannot request it.
4 BC ID cards without an expiry date will not be recognized as valid identification. BC ID cards with an expiry date must not be expired in order to be accepted as valid identification.
5 SIN letter is not acceptable as ID, only a SIN card.
6 Accepted: MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, or well-known company credit card.
Note: All ID presented must be original and valid (i.e. not expired).