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Ontario Photo Card Available at Toronto-Area ServiceOntario Centres

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Ontario Photo Card Available at Toronto-Area ServiceOntario Centres

McGuinty Government Making It Easier To Access Government Services

Ontario is making it easier for Toronto-area residents without a driver's licence to get official, government-issued photo identification.

The Ontario Photo Card is now available at 23 Toronto-area ServiceOntario centres and at 62 other centres across Ontario. It will be offered at all of the province's nearly 300 ServiceOntario centres by the end of the year.

The Ontario Photo Card makes it easier for Ontarians without a driver's licence to travel, open a bank account and perform any other activities that require official photo ID. Almost 40,000 people have applied for the Ontario Photo Card since July 2011.

Offering the Ontario Photo Card at all ServiceOntario centres is part of the McGuinty government's plan to put families first by making government services faster, friendlier and easier to access.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Photo Card costs $35 and is valid for five years.
  • Approximately 1.5 million Ontarians aged 16 years and over do not have a valid driver's licence.
  • The Ontario Photo Card boasts the same security features as the driver's licence to help prevent fraud and identity theft.

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“ServiceOntario is offering government services to all Ontarians in a way that fits customers' lives - how, when and where they need them. The Ontario Photo Card is another way to reach out to more people to ensure they receive essential government services.”

Harinder S. Takhar

Minister of Government Services

“Our government is making it easier for Ontarians to get an Ontario Photo Card. This government-issued, secure card will make life easier for eligible residents who choose not to drive but who are still seeking a recognizable form of ID.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

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