TCard Required Documentation

Step 1: Documents Required to Validate Your Identity

To activate your UTORid, as well as to provide you with a physical TCard, we accept any of the following identity documents, so long as they are (i) valid (i.e. original and not expired) and (ii) contain a photo that is no more than five 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

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.

Once the university buildings re-opens, newly admitted students will be required to visit the TCard Office in person to obtain their TCard and provide documentation again to confirm legal status in Canada.

Step 2: Documents Required to Confirm Legal Status in Canada

Proof of Legal Status in Canada (e.g. Canadian, Permanent Resident, International) is required to begin studying at the University of Toronto. 

Students whose Legal Status documentation does not match their status in the University’s records system (ACORN) will be directed to their registrar’s office to correct the discrepancy before a TCard can 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.
  • Option C:
      • Your Canadian citizenship certificate or card.
        PLUS
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification, 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*
  • Option C:
      • Confirmation of permanent residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
        AND
      • One (1) piece of valid Canadian government-issued photo identification*

International

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 six months:if your study permit expires before September 30, 2020 you will need to show proof that you have applied for a new permit.

Confirmation of Study Permit Submission. You do not have a valid study permit but you have already submitted an application online and received an acknowledgment letter.

Confirmation of Study Permit Submission. You do not have a valid study permit but you have already submitted an application online and have a screenshot of your online account.

 

  • International students studying at UofT for under six 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:

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.