How to Get Your Social Insurance Number

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a special identification number issued by Service Canada to Canadian citizens and residents. A SIN is a vital part of everyday living in Canada, especially since most services require a SIN. For example, to apply for a Canadian passport, or to apply for employment in Canada, a SIN is required. Canadian Law dictates that anyone applying for a SIN must demonstrate that they are a legal Canadian resident/citizen.

  1. Getting a Canadian Social Insurance Number

    • 1

      Visit the homepage of Service Canada to download the Social Insurance Number application form. You will find a link to the download page in the resources section of this article. Service Canada receives and processes requests for Social Insurance Numbers (SINs).

    • 2

      Download, print and complete the application form. Be sure that all the information you provide on the form is true and accurate.

    • 3

      Mail the completed form along with the appropriate identity document(s) to the address listed on the form.

    • 4

      Wait to receive your SIN card in the mail no later than 20 business days from the receipt date of your request. Your SIN card will contain your SIN on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of mailing your application form, you have the option of applying in person at the nearest Service Canada Centre. See the resources section of this article to use the "Find a Service Canada Centre Near You" tool.
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