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New Photo ID Card Now Available

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New Photo ID Card Now Available

McGuinty Government Making Life Easier For Ontario Families

Ministry of Transportation

Starting today, Ontarians can apply for Ontario's new photo identification card.

This new government-issued ID is now available at 21 ServiceOntario locations across the province, and will be available at all locations by 2012.

This secure card will make it easier for people aged 16 years and over who do not have a driver's licence to open a bank account, make travel arrangements or perform other activities that require official ID.

This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to make it easier for families to access government services, while creating jobs and economic opportunities in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • To apply for a photo card you need to be an Ontario resident, and provide original identity documents with your legal name, date of birth and signature.
  • The photo card will cost $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.
  • Ontario joins eight other provinces that offer a government-issued photo ID card.
  • The Ontario photo card mirrors the same security features as the driver's licence to help prevent fraud and identity theft.

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“The McGuinty government is proud to make available our new secure government-issued photo identification card to help make life easier for people who don't have a driver's licence.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

“Ontario's new photo card will help people get things done day-to-day. It's the latest way that ServiceOntario is improving its suite of accessible and convenient services.”

Harinder S. Takhar

Minister of Government Services

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