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Introduction

The Social Insurance Number program is delivered by Service Canada. Service Canada brings Government of Canada services and benefits together in a single delivery network. It provides Canadians with one-stop service they can access however they choose–on the Service Canada Web site, by phone at 1 800 O-Canada, or in person at Service Canada Centres across the country.

Eligibility

  • Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada or a temporary resident who wants to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.
  • Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN.
  • Parents and legal guardians can also apply for a SIN for children under the age of majority of their province.

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Instructions

  • Each SIN is issued to one person only. It cannot legally be used by anyone else.
  • You are responsible for protecting your SIN. Store your SIN card in a safe place. Don’t keep it with you.
  • Service Canada strongly encourages individuals to apply in-person. By doing so, if your application is in order, you can obtain your SIN in less than 15 minutes and do not need to part with your original identity documents.

Required Information

  • Applicants Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender/Sex
  • Mother's Name
  • Father's Name
  • Place of Birth
  • Family Name at Birth
  • Other Family Name(s) Previously used
  • Social Insurance Number (if applicable)
  • Status in Canada
  • Mailing Address

Procedure

  • To apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN), please visit a Service Canada Centre with your original primary documents.
  • Special measures are in place to accommodate individuals who cannot apply in-person to a Service Canada Centre. These include submitting applications via Service Canada outreach services or requesting a third party to submit the application in-person on their behalf.
  • Individuals living in remote areas can contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218 to obtain information on how to submit an application by mail.

Applying at a Service Canada Centre

  • Gather the documents you need and take them to your nearest Service Canada Centre. If your application and documents are in order, you will get a Social Insurance Number in one visit and receive your card within 10 business days.

Through the Newborn Registration Service

Available only in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Parents of newborns in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and, Newfoundland and Labrador can now get convenient bundled services from Service Canada and its partners, Service Alberta, the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, the Vital Statistics Registry of Nova Scotia, ServiceOntario, the Prince Edward Island Vital Statistics Program, the Directeur de l’état civil (Services Québec), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Statistics Division.
  • You can use the Newborn Registration Service to complete your child's Birth Registration and apply for your child's Social Insurance Number (SIN) card. For the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, you also have the option to apply for your child's Birth Certificate.

NOTE: You must be the parent of the child and a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident to use this service. If you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, you may still be eligible but you will need to visit a Service Canada Centre to apply for your child's SIN.

Applying From Outside Canada

To apply for or replace your SIN, or to amend your SIN record from outside of Canada:

  1. Download an application form from our Web site, or order the form by phone at 1-800-206-7218 (select Option "3").
  2. Send us your completed application, original documents and payment, if required, to:
Service Canada
Social Insurance Registration Office
PO Box 7000
Bathurst NB E2A 4T1
  • If you send your application by registered mail, we will return your documents and SIN card in the same way. We are not responsible for documents lost in the mail.
  • If your SIN application meets the requirements, you will receive your SIN card by mail within 20 business days from the date we receive the application.

How to apply for someone else (e.g. on behalf of a child or an adult)

  • There are specific situations where you may have to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for someone else. All documents must be original.

INSIDE CANADA
*Parents applying on behalf of a child
Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN. However, parents can also apply on behalf of a child under the age of majority in their province. Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of your child:
At a Service Canada Centre

  • your SIN. If you were not issued a SIN, you must provide your original document(s);
  • the original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying;
  • Legal Guardians will need to provide an original or a certified copy of a document that confirms your legal guardianship, issued by a provincial/territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document);
  • the $10 fee (if required).

*Legal Guardians applying on behalf of a child or an adult Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN. Adults over the age of majority in their province must apply on their own. However, legal guardians can also apply. Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of a child or an incapacitated/intellectually disabled adult in your care:
At a Service Canada Centre

  • your SIN. If you were not issued a SIN, you must provide your original document(s);
  • the original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying;
  • an original or a certified copy of a document that confirms your legal guardianship, issued by a provincial/territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document);
  • the $10 fee (if required).

*Legal Representatives applying on behalf of a child or an adult Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of a child or an adult: At a Service Canada Centre

  • the original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying;
  • Letter of Authorization issued by a provincial/territorial agency, confirming you as the legal representative and the name of the person for whom you are applying (Note: for court appointed lawyers or family members, this letter is not required);
  • valid photo identification confirming your identity;
  • an original document or certified copy of a document that confirms your legal representation, issued by a provincial/territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document);
  • the $10 fee (if required).
  • If your application and documents are in order, you will get the SIN for the person for whom you are applying during your visit and receive the card by mail within 10 business days.

OUTSIDE CANADA
*Parents or Legal Guardians applying on behalf of a child Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN. However, parents can also apply on behalf of a child under the age of majority in their province. Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of your child:
By Mail

  • a fully completed, signed and dated SIN application form;
  • your original document(s);
  • the original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying;
  • Legal Guardians will need to provide an original or a certified copy of a document that confirms your legal guardianship, issued by a provincial/territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document);
  • the $10 fee (if required).

*Legal Representatives applying on behalf of a child or an adult Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of a child or an adult:
By Mail

  • a fully completed, signed and dated SIN application form;
  • original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying;
  • Letter of Authorization issued by a provincial/territorial agency, confirming you as the legal representative and the name of the person for whom you are applying (Note: for court appointed lawyers or family members, this letter is not required);
  • valid photo identification confirming your identity;
  • an original document or certified copy of a document that confirms your legal representation issued by a provincial/territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document);
  • the $10 fee (if required).

Send your completed application and original document(s) to:

Service Canada
Social Insurance Registration Office
PO Box 7000
Bathurst NB E2A 4T1
  • If you send your application by registered mail, we will return your documents and SIN card in the same manner. We are not responsible for documents lost in the mail.
  • If the SIN application and document(s) are in order, you will receive the SIN card for the person for whom you are applying by mail within 20 business days from the date the application is received

Note: Only personal cheques, bank drafts or money orders in Canadian funds (made to the Receiver General for Canada) are acceptable. Do not send cash in the mail.

Application Form for Social Insurance Number:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eforms/forms/nas-2120-%2809-12%29e.pdf

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Required Documents

Primary Documents

  • A primary document is an official document that proves your identity and status in Canada. We need to see an original of your primary document. If the name on this document is different from the name you currently use, you will also need to provide a supporting document.

You must provide one of the following primary documents when you apply:

  • Canadian Citizen
    • Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate issued by the vital statistics agency in the province or territory where you were born.
    • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
    • Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad issued prior to 1977 by CIC.
  • Registered Indians
    • if you were born in Canada, you must provide your original birth certificate (see section on Canadian Citizens) and a Certificate of Indian Status issued by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).
    • if you were born outside Canada, you must provide your original foreign birth certificate and a Certificate of Indian Status issued by AANDC.
  • Permanent Residents
    • Permanent Resident Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This is the only acceptable document if your claim was processed in Canada.
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND visa counterfoil affixed to a foreign passport or a travel document
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND foreign passport for visa exempt countries
    • Record of Landing issued before June 28, 2002.
    • Verification of landing. This document is provided when an original of the Record of Landing or the Confirmation of Permanent Residence is not available (i.e. lost, misplaced, etc.).
    • Status Verification, also known as "Verification of Status", is considered an acceptable document to support the client's status in Canada when applying for a replacement SIN card or updating the SIN record.
  • Temporary Residents
    • Work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
    • Study permit issued by CIC and a contract of employment from the learning institution or employer on campus where you obtained authorization to study by CIC (this contract must show the start and end date of employment and these dates must fall within the study permit dates).
    • Visitor record issued by CIC, indicating you are authorized to work in Canada.
    • Diplomatic identity card and a note of permission of employment issued by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (FAITC).

Supporting Documents

A supporting document is a legal document indicating the name you currently use. It is required if the name on your primary document is different. Your supporting document must be an original, written in English or French.

In addition to your primary document, you will need to provide one of the following supporting documents when you apply, if required:

A supporting document is a legal document indicating the name you currently use. It is required if the name on your primary document is different. Your supporting document must be an original, written in English or French.

In addition to your primary document, you will need to provide one of the following supporting documents when you apply, if required:

  • Certificate of marriage, record of solemnization of marriage or marriage statement (or a similarly titled document, depending on the issuing authority) to support your family name after marriage. (Note: This does not apply to Quebec residents, regardless of where they were married after April 1, 1981).
  • Divorce Decree, certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute issued in accordance with the Supreme Court of Canada for the dissolution of a marriage to support the family name requested on the SIN card when it does not appear on the primary document.
  • Legal change-of-name certificate or court order document issued in accordance with provincial name change legislation.
  • Adoption order certified by a Canadian Court (applies to adoptions in Canada only).
  • Notarial certificate, also called notarial adoption certificate, issued by the country of origin of a child adopted abroad and used by the adoptive parents to have the SIN card issued in the adopted child’s Canadian name.
  • Request to Amend Record of Landing issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and used to amend a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document

Fees

There is no fee to:

  • apply for a Social Insurance Number - including your first SIN card
  • amend the name(s) on your card when the changes are due to a legal name change, for example, marriage, divorce or adoption
  • change the expiry date on a temporary SIN card
  • amend information on your record

A $10 fee is charged to:

  • replace a SIN card

Validity

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time

10 business days.

Office Locations & Contacts

  • To find a Service Canada Office, go to this link:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/sc-srch.cgi?app=hme&ln=eng

  • Social Insurance Number Inquiry:

Service Canada
Social Insurance Registration Office
P.O. Box 7000
Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada E2A 4T1
Toll-free: 1-800 O Canada (1-800-622-6232)

  • If you're outside Canada, you can call:

506-548-7961 (long-distance charges apply)
and you can go to this link for more toll-free numbers:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/common/contactus/phone.shtml

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