Documentation Required

*IMPORTANT*

New Students who are picking up a TCard in-person: Proof of Legal Status in Canada (e.g. Canadian, Permanent Resident, International) is required, once you are on campus, to begin studying at the University of Toronto. Refer to Step 2, below. 

Identity only documentation (Step 1) is acceptable for new students attending a remote TCard appointment, when a UTORid will be issued, and, for staff and faculty.

All documentation presented must be unexpired and original (digital or photocopies are not accepted). 

Step 1: Documents Required to Validate Your Identity

This section applies to:

  • New Students who are studying remotely and are attending a remote TCard appointment in order to obtain a UTORid. Visit the home page for information on the steps to booking an appointment.
  • Current students who are attending an in-office appointment to obtain a replacement TCard.
  • All Staff and Faculty

Note for New Students who are picking up a TCard in-person: Proof of Legal Status in Canada (e.g. Canadian, Permanent Resident, International) is required, once you are on campus, to begin studying at the University of Toronto. Refer to Step 2, below. 

If you meet the above criteria (in This section applies to), we accept any of the following identity documents, so long as they are (i) unexpired and original (digital or photocopies are not accepted) and (ii) contain a photo that is no more than 5 years old:

  • Passport
  • Canadian Driver’s License
  • Provincial Photo Card
  • Nexus card (Belonging to a Canadian Citizen)
  • Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada
  • Permanent Resident (PR) Card issued by the Government of Canada
  • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card

Note for International students: An unexpired passport with a photo not older than 5 years, is required. We cannot accept any other local/regional government identification. 

Students who cannot present valid identity documentation may be directed to their registrar’s office before a UTORid or TCard is be issued. Staff and Faculty may be directed to a manager or business officer. 

Additional Notes on Required Identity Documentation:

  1. If you do not have the required documents, you will not be issued a UTORid or TCard.
  2. Valid government-issued photo identification must be Canadian, otherwise, a passport is required.
  3. The name on the document must be the same as the name in the University’s records systems. If there has been a name change, a marriage certificate or other documentation supporting the name change, must be provided to your registrar (+ valid photo identification), in advance of visiting the TCard office or via virtual appointment.

Step 2: Documents Required to Confirm Legal Status in Canada (Canadian, Permanent Resident, International)

This section applies to:

  • New Students who are on campus and picking up a TCard.

Proof of Legal Status in Canada (e.g. Canadian, Permanent Resident, International) is required, once you are on campus, to begin studying at the University of Toronto. (International students at U of T this fall do not need to provide proof of legal status in Canada in order to begin studying online from their home.)

Until you are physically (back) on campus, please refer to Step 1 above or the home page for information about obtaining your UTORid.

Students whose Legal Status documentation does not match their status in the University’s records system (ACORN) may be directed to their registrar’s office to correct the discrepancy before a TCard is be issued.

Canadian

If you are a Canadian, you will need to provide the documentation to verify your identity (Step 1) and confirm your legal status (Step 2), which you can do through one of the following options:

  • Option A:
      • Valid Canadian passport.
  • Option B:
      • Your Canadian birth certificate**
        PLUS
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification (listed in Step 1).
  • Option C:
      • Your Canadian citizenship certificate or card.
        PLUS
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification (listed in Step 1), or, valid international passport.

Individuals recognized by the federal government as being registered under the Indian Act:

  • Either the existing Canadian Certificate of Indian Status or the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status card (SCIS) can be provided. The existing cards will still be valid until the expiry date has lapsed.
  • Band cards are not accepted as proof of Indian Status.

**Long form birth certificates are acceptable (i) if at least one parent is a Canadian citizen, and (ii) this parent was not a diplomat, an officer or an employee of any other international organization with diplomatic privileges and immunities, at the time of your birth.

Permanent Resident

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide the documentation to verify your identity (Step 1) and confirm your legal status (Step 2), which you can do through one of the following options:

  • Option A:
      • Valid Permanent Resident Card.
  • Option B:
      • Record of landing (IMM 1000)
        AND
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification* (listed in Step 1)
  • Option C:
      • Confirmation of permanent residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
        AND
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification* (listed in Step 1)

International

Proof of Legal Status in Canada (e.g. Canadian, Permanent Resident, International) is required, once you are on campus, to begin studying at the University of Toronto. (International students at U of T this fall do not need to provide proof of legal status in Canada in order to begin studying online from their home.)

Until you are physically (back) on campus, please refer to Step 1 above or the home page for information about obtaining your UTORid.

Once you are on campus, international students will be required to present the following documentation in order to receive a TCard: 

If you are an international student, you will need to provide documentation confirming you have immigration permission to remain in Canada for the length of your studies, to obtain a TCard:

  • International students studying at U of T for over 6 months:
      • You must show your Passport (non-Canadian), and valid study permit.
  • International students studying at UofT for under 6 months:
      • You must present your passport, along with your admission letter.
      • A study permit is not required.

For help with immigration documents or questions, contact:

Students who cannot present valid identity documentation may be directed to their registrar’s office before a UTORid or TCard is be issued.

Documentation Required to Get a Replacement TCard

If you are replacing your TCard, you will be required to present valid/not expired documentation to confirm your identity, as listed in Step 1 above.