Acceptable Identification

The following is a list of identification that will be accepted to open a bank account.

You will need to provide two pieces of valid, original and not substantially defaced identification from among those set out in Identification 1 or Identification 2, at least one of which must be from Identification 1. If you cannot provide at least one piece of photo identification from Identification 1, your account may be set up with a limited Access to Deposited Funds Limit and CIBC Overdraft Protection Service will not be available to you.

Identification 1:

  • A driver's licence issued in Canada, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law. In Quebec, this can only be used if you volunteer it when asked for identification. In British Columbia, a BC Services Card may indicate it is a Services Card and a driver's license; either a standalone BC Service Card or a combined BC Driver's License and Services Card can be accepted
  • A Canadian passport
  • A Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or a Certification of Naturalization, in the form of a paper document or card but not a commemorative issue
  • A Permanent Resident card or Citizenship and Immigration Canada Form IMM 1000, IMM 1442, IMM 5292 or IM5688
  • A birth certificate issued in Canada
  • A Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada. While this card is not a mandatory piece of identification, the law requires CIBC to ask for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) when you open an account that earns interest
  • An Old Age Security card issued prior to January 2008 by the Government of Canada that bears the individual's name and Social Insurance Number. In Quebec, this can only be used if you volunteer it when asked for identification
  • A Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada
  • A provincial or territorial health insurance card, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law. This identification is not valid for Ontario, Manitoba or Prince Edward Island. In Quebec, this can only be used if you volunteer it when asked for identification. In British Columbia, a BC Services Card may indicate it is a Services Card and a driver's license; either a standalone BC Service Card or a combined BC Driver's License and Services Card can be accepted.
  • An Ontario Photo Card issued by the Government of Ontario to residents 16 years of age and older – Ontario residents cannot have both a driver's licence and a photo card; either an Ontario Photo Card or Canadian Driver's licence can be accepted
  • A document or card, bearing the individual's photograph and signature, issued by any of the following authorities or their successors:
    • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
    • Alberta Registries
    • Saskatchewan Government Insurance
    • Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
    • Department of Transportation and Public Works of the Province of Prince Edward Island
    • Service New Brunswick
    • Department of Government Services and Lands of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Department of Transportation of the Northwest Territories
    • Department of Community Government and Transportation of the Territory of Nunavut
  • Correctional Service Canada identification card with the individual's name and photograph
  • Government of Canada employee identity card with the individual's name and photograph
  • Liquor Control Board Age of Majority (BYID) card
  • A Canadian Firearms licence
  • Canadian Forces identification card
  • MPIC card issued by the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation
  • NEXUS or CANPASS Air membership card issued by Canada Border Services Agency
  • United Kingdom passport
  • United States passport
  • United States Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Municipal, provincial or federal police force identification

Identification 2

  • An employee identity card, issued by an employer that is well known in the community, bearing the individual's photograph
  • A bank or automated banking machine or client card, issued by a well-known and reputable Canadian financial institution in the name of, or bearing the name of, the individual and bearing the individual's signature
  • A credit card, issued by a well-known and reputable Canadian financial institution in the name of, or bearing the name of, the individual and bearing the individual's signature
  • A Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) client card bearing the individual's photograph and signature
  • Provincial hunting or fishing licence (Outdoors card)
  • Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Retention of Canadian Citizenship
  • Credit card issued by a well-known and reputable retail store in the individual's name or showing their name embossed on the card with the individual's signature
  • Foreign passport (United Kingdom and United States passports are acceptable as ID1 or ID2)
  • Senior citizen's privilege card issued by a well-known and reputable retail store, with the individual's name
  • United Kingdom driver's licence
  • United States driver's licence
  • Canadian student card with individual's photograph
  • Canadian library card
  • Veterans Affairs Canada Health Card
  • Membership card issued by a well-known and reputable business (e.g., health club, Costco) with the individual's name and photo (for Personal customers only)

Alternatively, you may present one piece of identification from among those set out in Identification 1, if your identity can be confirmed by a client in good standing with CIBC, or an individual in good standing in the community in which the branch is located. The individual in good standing in the community will be required to present two pieces of identification in accordance with the first paragraph.