Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, health centers and satellite offices will be closed Monday Jan. 18, 2021. W.W. Hastings Hospital emergency services, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Cherokee Nation EMS will still be operational.

Tribal Registration

918-458-6980
registration@cherokee.org
17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah, OK 74464

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions frequently posed to the Cherokee Nation Registration Office:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send photocopies of documentation (e.g. birth and/or death certificates) with my application by mail?

No. You must send the ORIGINAL documentation (originals will be mailed back to you). You may bring in originals and a copy will be made for files (we do not keep the originals).

Do Indian Health Service or tribal hospitals register new births with the Registration office?

It is the parent's responsibility to apply for their children's CDIBs and Citizenship cards once they receive their birth certificate. We strongly recommend you do this at the time of birth.

Can I get a CDIB card through Cherokee Nation for another tribe?

You cannot apply for a CDIB card for another tribe through the Cherokee Nation.

How long does the process take for new applications for Cherokee Nation citizenship?

Processing time varies.

How long does it take to get replacement cards processed?

10 to 15 days.

How long does it take to process an amendment to a CDIB?

Processing time varies.

How can I get a Cherokee Nation photo ID card?

You may visit the main Tribal Registration office in Tahlequah Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Please bring your paper blue card and CDIB with you, along with another form of photo ID. Children under 18 without a photo ID can receive a CN Photo ID with parental consent. You can also receive a photo ID from Registration during some community and at-large events if staff is available. Please check with your local Tribal Council member or at-large community group leadership for upcoming events.