Gambling Workers Registration

All gambling industry workers in British Columbia must be registered to ensure that high standards of honesty and integrity are met.

Learn more:

Overview

Who Needs to be Registered? All gambling industry workers in B.C. must be registered with the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch including, but not limited to:
  • Casino, bingo, and community gambling centre workers (dealers, cashiers, food and beverage workers, janitors, and more)
  • Gambling event licence ticket raffle or bingo workers
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) contractors
  • Horse racing workers (owners, jockeys, trainers, grooms, exercise persons, veterinarians, pari-mutuel staff, teletheatre staff) see Horse Racing - Apply for Registration & Licence

The registration process and requirements are different for people and companies who provide gambling services or are involved in lottery retail sales. Find out more at Gambling Services Providers or Lottery Retailers.

Registration Period Three (3) years
Application Submit by mail
Processing Fee $45.00 (non-refundable)

 

How to Apply

Click below to see information about each step of the gambling worker registration process. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the steps or if you want to print this page.

You must provide a letter of intent to hire by an existing gambling services provider.

As part of the registration process, you are required to submit to a background check, which includes but is not limited to a criminal record check (including young offenders records) and a credit check.

As a gambling worker B.C. you must comply with terms and conditions and rules and policies outlined in the application form and related documents. Information about sanctions and penalties is available in Administrative Sanctions for Registered Gambling Workers (PDF).

The registration process and requirements are different for people and companies who provide gambling services or are involved in lottery retail sales or horse racing. Find out more at Gambling Services Providers or Lottery Retailers or Horse Racing - Apply for Registration & Licence. If you aren't sure which type of registration applies to you, contact us. See Questions & Contact Information.

Download and print the appropriate form below. Complete the form and mail or courier it, along with supporting documents, and the application fee, to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. Addresses can be found on the application form or at Questions & Contact Information.

New applicants:

Renewal applicants:

If you have questions about your application you can phone or send an email.

Email: Gaming.Branch@gov.bc.ca
Phone (Victoria): 250 356-0663
Toll-free within B.C.: 1 800 663-7867 ask to be transferred to the number above

 

Applications that are denied may be eligible for written reply.

 

Identification Requirements

To be eligible for Gambling Worker Registration applicants must at the time of application provide copies of two valid pieces of identification (ID). 
One must be a government-issued ID that includes your full legal name, date of birth, signature and photo from the list of primary ID. The second may be selected from either the primary or secondary ID list. 

Please note:
•    Expired IDs will not be accepted.
•    Both IDs must have the same name. 
•    The new combined BC Driver’s Licence and Services Card is considered one piece of identification.

Type of Identification Note(s)
Driver's Licence.
  • Both sides of ID.
Combination BC Driver's Licence and Services card.
  • Both sides of ID.
BC identification card (BCID).
  • Older BCID cards without an expiry date are not accepted as primary ID. 
BC Services card (photo).
  • Both sides of ID. 
Passport.  
Canadian Citizenship card.
  • The commemorative sheet that comes with a citizenship card is not accepted as primary ID.
Canada Identity card.
  • Issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to foreign representatives accredited to Canada.
Canadian Permanent Resident card.
  • Both sides of ID. 
Secure Certificate of Indian Status card. 
  • Only cards with new design are acceptable (issued after Dec 15, 2009).
Type of identification Note(s)
Any of the accepted Primary ID noted above.  
Bank or Credit Card.
  • Your name must be imprinted on the card.
BC Security Workers Licence (card).

 

BC Services Card (without photo).  
Birth Certificate from Foreign Country
  • A baptismal certificate is not acceptable. 
Canadian Birth Certificate.

Most Canadian birth certificates are accepted as secondary ID.  Some examples of documents that are not accepted include:

  • baptismal certificates
  • certificates of live birth
  • commemorative birth certificates
  • Canadian Registration of Birth Abroad Certificate
  • Quebec birth certificates issued before 1994
  • Manitoba birth certificates issued by a "division registrar"
  • Ontario Long Form Birth Certificates (also called Registration of birth certificate).
Canadian Firearms License (Possession and Acquisition Licence, PAL).

 

 

Canadian Forces Identification.  
Canadian Record of Landing.  
Employee ID card with photo.
  • Canadian Employers only.
Foreign Affairs Canada or Consular Identification.  
Health Card issued by a Canadian province or territory.

 

Certificate of Indian Status Card.  
Nexus Card.  
Police Identification Card.  
School ID Card (Student card).
  • Canadian schools only.
  • Must be valid.
Social Insurance Card.
  • Your name must be imprinted on the card.
  • Signature must appear on the card.

Immigration Documents:

Student, work, visitor, or temporary-resident permit.

  • Must be valid.

 

 

Non-Resident Criminal Record Requirements

Applicants for gambling (gaming) registration in the Province of British Columbia that reside outside of Canada at the time of application must provide the following documentation with their Gambling Worker application. All Police Certificates, United States local and state criminal record documents and FBI Identification records checks must not be older than three (3) months from the date of application for GPEB registration.

 

United States (US) Residents

Gambling Worker applicants that reside in the United States must provide an authenticated local police check document (Police Certificate) which includes a local and state criminal record search for the area they currently reside in.

United States residents must also provide an authenticated FBI identification records check (Identity History Summary).  Applicants should refer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ("FBI") website for instructions on how to submit the request.

Note: United States applicants should contact their local State Identification Bureau (or state police), who may be able to coordinate all of the required criminal record searches. 

 

Foreign Residents (other than US or Canada)

Gambling Worker applicants that reside in a country other than Canada or the United States must provide a national police certificate from the country they currently reside in.

Note: Obtaining a police certificate varies from country to country. Please go to https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/medical-police/police-certificates/how.html and select the country you reside in to determine how to obtain a police certificate.

Translation Required: If police certificate is in a language other than English, the applicant must provide GPEB with a copy of the original document as well as an English version translated by a certified translator and an affidavit from the person who completed the translation.

 

 

Conditions of Registration (Gaming Worker)

Failure to comply with any of the following conditions may be grounds for the General Manager (GPEB) or delegated authorities to cancel registration. Registration may not be transferred to any other person. 

Section 35 Gaming Control Regulation - It is a condition of the registration of a gaming worker that: 

(a)    he or she must submit to and co-operate in background investigations, including interviews at the request of the general manager, conducted under the Act, 

(b)    he or she must obey the standard operating procedures and rules of play that are
        (i) established by the general manager or the lottery corporation, and 
        (ii) relevant to the type of gaming pertinent to the registration, 

(b.1) he or she must immediately report to the general manager 
        (i) the loss of his or her official identification card, 
        (ii ) a change of his or her name, and 
        (iii) any criminal charges or criminal investigation involving the gaming worker, or any civil litigation in which there are allegations of fraud, theft, deceit or misrepresentation involving the gaming worker. 

(b.2) he or she remains employed as a gaming worker, 

(c)    if his or her duties pertain to security or surveillance at a gaming facility, produce for inspection his or her official identification at the request of an inspector, an investigator of the branch, an onsite gaming official of the lottery corporation or a police officer, and 

(d)     if his or her duties do not pertain to security or surveillance at a gaming facility, wear or display official identification in a manner clearly visible to the public, while on duty at a gaming facility. 
 

Resources

Additional information, documents, and forms related to gambling worker registration are available in this section. Click below to see more information about these resources. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the information or if you want to print this page.

Information about gambling worker registration terms and conditions is available in the application forms below:

New applicants:

Renewal applicants:

Use this form to request a replacement gambling worker ID card if yours is lost, stolen, or damaged, or if you have changed your name. The fee for a replacement ID card is $25.

Gambling registration applications that are denied may be eligible for written reply.