Personal Identification - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Personal Identification

In June 2009, a Government of Alberta (GOA) cross-government committee, was formed to help homeless Albertans acquire identification (ID) and to increase access to vital GOA assistance programs and services. Two significant barriers that homeless people face when trying to obtain ID are having an address and verification of identity. To address this, the committee developed two new processes to help homeless Albertans obtain government-issued ID cards:

  • The Address Authorization process authorizes the use of a shelter or drop-in’s address for a homeless person applying for an Alberta Identification Card.
  • The Identity Certification process certifies the applicant’s identity. It allows a homeless or recently housed person to work with a service provider to verify their identity and obtain acceptable supporting documents in order to apply for an Alberta Identification Card.

Without official ID, a homeless person cannot access certain community services and programs. This barrier can create a domino effect that makes it more difficult to obtain a permanent home.

Address Authorization and Identity Certification

  • Between October and December 2010, training to deliver ID services to the homeless was provided to government-funded shelters, drop-in centres, and homeless-serving agencies in the seven communities that Human Services works with to deliver Alberta’s 10-year plan to end homelessness (Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo).
  • All 227 registry agent offices in Alberta now accept applications using the new processes.

View the list of homeless serving agencies that currently offer this new service

For further information please contact us by phone or by email.


Modified: 2016-09-22
PID: 14632