Proving your identity is required for many day-to-day activities like completing an application, cashing a cheque or renting a hotel room. B.C. residents should have government-issued ID and know how to keep their personal identity safe.
It's best to present government-issued ID to businesses and service providers that are required to check ID. This will make it easier for you to access services and privileges that require identification.
ID in B.C. is getting an upgrade. The new BC Services Card will provide secure access to provincial government services. New cards are now being issued with the goal of eventually replacing all existing CareCards.
Birth certificates are a foundation identity document for British Columbians and we should all be vigilant about protecting ourselves against identity fraud and identity theft.
Governments and organizations sometimes require that documents for use in foreign countries be authenticated in order to be accepted. Authentication, for purposes in British Columbia, means the signature of the B.C. official who signed the document has been authenticated (sometimes called legalized) by the Government of British Columbia.