ID options

You must use government-issued ID to set up the BC Services Card app

The ID types accepted and the number of IDs you need depend on what type of BC Services Card you have.

Use a Photo BC Services Card

When you use a Photo BC Services Card, no additional ID is needed.

Use a combined BC Driver's Licence and Services Card

When you use a combined BC Driver's Licence and Services Card, no additional ID is needed.

Use a Non-Photo BC Services Card

When you use a Non-Photo BC Services Card, additional ID with a photo is needed. 

If possible, choose additional ID with the exact name as on your BC Services Card. If your name is different, you can’t verify your identity by video. You will have to verify your identity at a Service BC location and bring with you:

  • Your BC Services Card
  • Your additional ID
  • Documentation that shows why the names are different – such as a marriage certificate

Additional ID options

Use just one of these government-issued IDs with a photo

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identity Card (BCID)
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status card – issued by Government of Canada
  • Canadian identity card – issued by Global Affairs Canada

Or, if you don't have an ID listed above, you need two IDs

  1. Government-issued ID (issued within Canada)
  2. ID with a photo

First, choose a government-issued ID (issued within Canada)

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian study permit
  • Canadian work permit
  • Canadian visitor record
  • Canadian temporary resident permit
  • Canadian immigration record

Second, choose an ID with a photo

  • Driver's licence – issued by any location in Canada or U.S.
  • Identity card – issued by any location in Canada or U.S.
  • Health card (with photo) – Canadian
  • NEXUS card
  • Passport – issued by country other than Canada 
  • Passport card


Don't have the ID listed above?

Let us know what ID you do have. Email the BC Services Card Help Desk describing:


ID requirements


ID must be an original, or a true copy of the original, certified by the issuing government agency. Photocopies are not accepted.

Expired ID

All ID must be valid and not expired.

ID in English

At this time, all ID must be in English. In some cases, you can use ID that has been translated.