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Country : Canada

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Voter Identification :
You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election. Here are your ID options when you are voting in person – at an Elections Canada office, at advance polls or on election day

Show one piece of government-issued ID :
It must have your photo, name and current address.
** driver’s licence
** provincial or territorial ID card


Show two pieces of ID :
Show one piece with your name, and one piece with your name and address.
** health card and phone bill
** debit card and bank statement


Take an oath :
Show two pieces with your name, and have someone who knows you attest to your address.
This person must:
** show proof of identity and address
** be registered in the same polling division
** only attest for one person

Pieces with your name :
** health card
** Canadian passport
** birth certificate
** certificate of Canadian citizenship
** citizenship card
** social insurance number card
** Indian status card
** Canadian Forces identity card
** Veterans Affairs health card
** old age security card
** hospital card
** medical clinic card
** label on a prescription container
** identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
** blood donor card
** CNIB card
** credit card
** debit card
** employee card
** student identity card
** public transportation card
** library card
** liquor identity card
** parolee card
** firearms licence
** licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting
** driver’s licence (may be used to prove your name if the address is outdated)
** provincial or territorial ID card (may be used to prove your name if the address is outdated)

Pieces with your name and address :
** utility bill (e.g. electricity; water; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
** bank statement
** credit union statement
** credit card statement
** personal cheque
** government statement of benefits
** government cheque or cheque stub
** pension plan statement
** residential lease or sub-lease
** mortgage contract or statement
** income tax assessment
** property tax assessment or evaluation
** vehicle ownership
** insurance certificate, policy or statement
** correspondence issued by a school, college or university
** letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
** targeted revision form from Elections Canada to residents of long-term care facilities
** letter of confirmation of residence from a First Nations band or reserve or an Inuit local authority
** letter of confirmation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits from one of the following designated establishments :
student residence
seniors’ residence
long-term care facility
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Important information about ID :
** Your voter information card is not a piece of ID.
** We accept pieces of ID in their original format. If your document was issued electronically, like an e-statement or an e-invoice, bring a printout or show it on a mobile device.
** We accept different pieces of ID from the same source. For example, we accept an invoice and a transcript from the same school.
** Your name and address must be printed on the ID. They can’t be added by hand, unless they are added by the issuer of the document, like a residence administrator or a guardian.
** We accept expired ID, as long as it has your name and current address.
** Your ID must be in English or French. In Nunavut, we also accept ID in Inuktitut.
** The pieces of ID listed above are authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer. No other pieces will be accepted.
** The pieces of ID required for a federal election are not the same as for provincial, territorial or municipal elections.

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