Personal ID
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Bring two pieces of personal ID with you to register

If you are coming to hospital for a scheduled or planned appointment, you will need to visit our patient registration services. You need to present two pieces of personal ID, one with a photograph. In addition to two pieces of personal ID, bring along any other health insurance ID card (e.g. extended health) that you have. If your hospital admission is due to a work-related injury or illness, bring your WorkSafeBC claim number.

Primary ID – shows your legal name and date of birth

  • BC drivers license
  • BC identification card
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Permanent resident card
  • *Canadian record of landing/Canadian immigration identification record
  • *Study, work visitor, or temporary resident permit (formerly Minister’s Permit)
  • *Identity card (Department of Foreign Affairs issued)
  • *Passport

* These items are mandatory if you are not a Canadian citizen.

Secondary ID – shows name, signature and/or photo

  • BC CareCard
  • Passport
  • School ID card (student card)
  • Bank card (only if patient’s name is printed on card)
  • Credit card (only if patient’s name is printed on card)
  • Foreign birth certificate (baptismal certificate not acceptable)
  • Canadian or U.S. drivers license
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Canadian Forces identification
  • Police identification
  • Foreign Affairs Canada or consular identification
  • Vehicle registration (only if patient’s name is shown)
  • Employee picture ID card
  • Firearms acquisition certificate
  • Social insurance card (new style without signature strip not acceptable)
  • Native status card
  • Parole certificate ID
  • Correctional service conditional release card


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