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Identification requirements

BCCNP requires all applicants to submit TWO documents to verify their identity.​​

Please do not send the following identification documents due to the sensitive nature of the information they contain: 

  • Social insurance number (SIN)
  • Credit cards
  • Bank cards​​

 Accepted forms of identification

Primary identification
  • ​Driver's Licence or learner's licence (must have photo)
  • BC Services Card (must have photo)
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Passport/NEXUS/Global Entry Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Record of Landing/Canadian Immigration Identification Record
  • BCID
Secondary identification
  • ​Foreign government issued birth certificate (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Change of name certificate
  • Canadian or U.S. driver's licence
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Canadian Firearms Licence (PAL)
  • BC Care Card
  • BC Services Card (with or without photo)
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status

Identification documents must: 

  • Be valid and unexpired
  • Be notarized and verified in their original form
  • Include at least one primary identification 
  • Include all current and former names
  • Include at least one government issued and photo ID
  • Include your name, date of birth, signature

 Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to submit ID documents?

​We need to confirm your identity and ensure our public registry/online nurse verification includes accurate information for the public and employers. In addition to the BCCNP Bylaw requirements to verify your identity, Federal RCMP policy​ requires that we verify your identity prior to submitting your consent for a criminal record check in order to complete the required criminal record check.

Who can notarize my ID documents?

​Notary public members of the BC Notaries Society​ have the legal authority in BC to verify your identity and certify true copies of the documents. 

The notary public or lawyer must not be related to you and their seal or stamp must be visible on the notarized copy of your ID documents.
Documents notarized outside of Canada must be prepared by an official who has the legal authority in that jurisdiction to certify true copies of identity documents, and who is not related to you.

Why do my ID documents need to be notarized?

Visiting a notary public or lawyer with your identity documents enables BCCNP to:

Verify your identity
Prevent misidentification, and 
Manage access and protect the integrity and security of college records, information systems and online services.

Submission of notarized documents is also one of the requirements for registration outlined in BCCNP’s bylaws.
What if my ID documents include discrepancies in my name(s)?

​If there is a discrepancy in your name between the two pieces of ID submitted, you must submit additional documents to explain any inconsistencies (e.g. a marriage certificate, change of name affidavit, or divorce decree). These supporting documents also must be notarized.​

What if my ID documents were issued in another language?

​For ID documents issued in languages other than English, a certified translation must be completed before you submit them to BCCNP. Please complete the following steps: 

  1. Get your document(s) notarized as certified true copies
  2. Get a certified translation of your document(s). The translated document(s) must include the translator’s official stamp and/or identification number, address and telephone number, along with the date of the translation. 
  3. Submit the translated document(s) AND a copy of the document in the original language to BCCNP. 

How do I submit my ID requirements?

​You can submit the notarized copies of your identification documents in one of two ways:

  1. Upload the documents on your online application, OR
  2. Submit the documents at a later date by email to