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Quebec Permanent Code

The Quebec Permanent Code is a government ID number created by the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie, i.e. MELS). It is a unique identifying code assigned by the MELS to all students who attend an educational institution in Quebec regardless of where they come from and regardless of their residency status.

The Permanent Code form requires your handwritten signature. Once you have completed sections 2 to 8 and dated & signed the form, please send it as per the instructions on the "How to submit" tab.

Your Permanent Code will be created/validated by the Ministry of Education within the first six to eight weeks of your first registered semester at McGill. Once available, you can view it in Minerva at:

Student Menu->Student Accounts Menu->View your Tuition and Legal Status
Personal Menu ->Name Change Form.

Note that a permanent code does not imply Quebec residency. If you already have a perm code and were considered a Quebec resident in the past, you may still need to prove your residency again.