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How To Renew Your Social Insurance Number

The Social Insurance Number is a nine-digit number used as a means of identification as a temporary resident or worker living in Canada. Without the SIN number, you cannot legally work or benefit from any government’s social program.

If you are a temporary resident or foreign worker in Canada, your Social Insurance Number will begin with the number 9 and indicate an expiration date.

The expiration date on your SIN card or document is the same expiration date on your citizenship and immigration documents that allow you to work in Canada.

To renew your social insurance number when it expires, you must visit a Service Canada Office.

Visit a Service Canada Office

You can search for the closest Service Canada Office using your zip code, city, territory or province. If you live in a location farther than 100 km, then you might be able to mail in your renewal. You can also verify your eligibility status to see if you qualify on the Service Canada SIN card application page by inserting your zip code.

If you cannot visit a Service Canada in person and have no one to represent you, you could also qualify for renewal through the mail. Call 1-800-206-7218 and select option number three to verify whether you met the requirements. Read through this article to know where to process your social insurance number.

Bring Identifying Documents

To renew the expiration date on your SIN card or document, you will have to bring in one primary document. Some of the important documents for temporary residents include:

  • CIC study permit
  • Work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • CIC visitor record
  • Diplomatic identity card and a permission letter of employment from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

If the name or names on your document is different from the name you go by, you will also have to provide one supporting document, such as:

  • Marriage Certificate 
  • Divorce Decree
  • Legal name-change certificate
  • Adoption order certificate
  • Notarial adoption certificate