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What to bring to the hospital

Bring two pieces of personal ID with you to the hospital. Avoid bringing any valuables.

​What ID should I bring?

You need to present two pieces of personal ID, one with a photograph.  In addition to two pieces of personal ID, bring along any other health insurance ID card (e.g., extended health) that you have. If your hospital admission is due to a work-related injury or illness, bring your WorkSafeBC claim number.

Primary ID: Shows your legal name and date of birth

  • BC drivers license
  • BC identification card
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Permanent resident card
  • *Canadian record of landing/Canadian immigration identification record
  • *Study, work visitor, or temporary resident permit (formerly Minister’s Permit)
  • *Identity card (Department of Foreign Affairs issued)
  • *Passport

*These items are mandatory if you are not a Canadian citizen.

Secondary ID: Shows name, signature and/or photo

  • BC CareCard
  • Passport
  • School ID card (student card)
  • Bank card (only if patient's name is printed on card)
  • Credit card (only if patient's name is printed on card)
  • Foreign birth certificate (baptismal certificate not acceptable)
  • Canadian or U.S. drivers license
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Canadian Forces identification
  • Police identification
  • Foreign Affairs Canada or consular identification
  • Vehicle registration (only if patient's name is shown)
  • Employee picture ID card
  • Firearms acquisition certificate
  • Social insurance card (new style without signature strip not acceptable)
  • Native status card
  • Parole certificate ID
  • Correctional service conditional release card

What not to bring to the hospital

  • All jewellery or body piercing items (These items cannot be worn in the operating room because they increase your risk of infection, injury to the body, and loss or damage to your belongings).
  •  Personal items such as valuables, credit cards and cell phones.
  • Cash in excess of $20.00.
  • Large electrical appliances e.g. portable stereos, fans. 
  • Wear no make-up, false eyelashes, hairpins, deodorant or talcum powder. It is okay to wear face cream, acrylic nails, and nail polish although it is best to avoid dark coloured or metallic polish. If you are having surgery to an arm or leg, nail polish must be removed from that limb before coming to hospital). 
  • Do not wear perfume, aftershave or other scented products.
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