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.
The BC Services Card provides access to government services. It replaces the CareCard for access to health care services. The card can be used for access to:
- Medical Services Plan (MSP) benefits
- Services that need a photo ID – like opening a bank account
- Participating government services online
- Your BC Services Card Account
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.