New Ontario Government Photo I.D. Card (For Those Without a Driver’s Licence)

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This is a great idea by the Ontario Provincial government and will be welcomed by at least 1.5 million Ontarians who find numerous transactions frustrating as a result of not possessing a valid Ontario driver’s licence.

Ontario is introducing a new photo identification card that will make it easier for people who do not have a driver’s licence to travel, open a bank account, and perform any other activities that require official ID.

More About the New Photo I.D.:

  • 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

The new, secure card will be recognized as government-issued identification for Ontarians 16 and over who do not drive.

Ontarians will be able to apply for the photo card at about 20 selected ServiceOntario centres across the province by the end of July, and at all 300 locations by 2012.

Ontarians with disabilities, seniors and other advocacy groups provided input on the design and availability of the card.

Ontario Photo Card Making Life Easier

Sample Ontario Photo Card

Ontario is introducing a new photo card that will provide government-issued identification to more than 1.5 million Ontarians who do not drive. The Ontario photo card will make it easier for non-drivers to perform everyday transactions such as cashing a cheque or returning merchandise to a store. The voluntary card will be available this summer to individuals 16 years of age and over who do not hold a driver’s licence.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What are the benefits of the Ontario photo card?
  • Who is eligible for an Ontario photo card?
  • How will I be able to get my Ontario photo card?
  • What kind of identification documentation will I need to apply for a photo card?
  • How much will the Ontario photo card cost?
  • For what period of time will an Ontario photo card be valid?
  • Will the Ontario photo card be recognized by businesses and other government agencies as proof of identification?
  • What will the Ontario photo card look like?
  • How will the Ontario photo card ensure my privacy is protected?
  • Can the photo card be used like the Enhanced Driver’s Licence by Canadian citizens to enter the U.S. by land or water?
  • Can you hold both a driver’s licence and a photo card at the same time?
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  • What are the benefits of the Ontario photo card? An Ontario photo card is government-issued photo identification that will allow non- drivers aged 16 years and over to access government, financial or business services that require proof of identity, such as cashing a cheque, opening a new bank account, obtaining a credit card, boarding a domestic flight, returning merchandise to a store, obtaining hotel accommodations and renting a home video.
  • Who is eligible for an Ontario photo card? Ontario residents 16 years of age and over who do not hold a driver’s licence are eligible for the Ontario photo card.
  • How will I be able to get my Ontario photo card? Individuals may apply for the photo card at about 20 select Service Ontario Centres in late July. Based on demand, rollout to additional communities is planned for 2012.
  • What kind of identification documentation will I need to apply for a photo card? Applicants will be required to provide original identity documents that prove legal name, date of birth and signature.  Applicants must be non-driving residents of Ontario, 16 years of age and over. Current holders of a driver’s licence may surrender their driver’s licence card for a photo card.
  • How much will the Ontario photo card cost? The photo card will cost $35.
  • For what period of time will an Ontario photo card be valid? The photo card is valid for a five-year period.
  • Will the Ontario photo card be recognized by businesses and other government agencies as proof of identification? The photo card will provide eligible residents of Ontario who do not hold an Ontario driver’s licence with government-issued identification that can be used to aid in access to government, financial or business services. The ministry has been working and will continue to work with stakeholders including Elections Ontario and other organizations to ensure the card is accepted as proof of identity.
  • What will the Ontario photo card look like? The photo card will be purple and will look very similar to a driver’s licence.  It will include the card holder’s name, photo, signature, address, gender and date of birth.  The card will have a clipped top-right corner that will help differentiate it from other cards in a holder’s wallet, as well as raised lettering on the ON Canada, card number and date of birth.
  • How will the Ontario photo card ensure my privacy is protected? Safeguards similar to the current driver’s licence are in place to protect the privacy of photo card holders.  Like the driver’s licence, the photo card will have the same security features to help prevent fraud and identity theft and will be among the most secure cards in North America.
  • Can the photo card be used like the Enhanced Driver’s Licence by Canadian citizens to enter the U.S. by land or water? No.  The province will be implementing a basic photo card for use by non-drivers as a convenience to conduct day-to-day business transactions.  An enhanced photo card which would allow travel into the United States by land or water may be considered in the future, based on demand.
  • Can you hold both a driver’s licence and a photo card at the same time? No.  For fraud prevention reasons, an individual is not allowed to hold both a driver’s licence and a photo card simultaneously.
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    “Our government is delivering on our commitment to offer a photo card for Ontarians to help make life easier for the many who do not or choose not to have a driver’s licence but who still need government-issued identification. I’m pleased we are moving forward on this important initiative.”

    – Kathleen Wynne
    Minister of Transportation

     

    “CNIB applauds the Government of Ontario for introducing this much-needed photo identification card. This card will benefit many citizens who do not drive, including nearly 380,000 blind or partially sighted people living in Ontario.”

    – Paul Ting
    Executive Director, Canadian National Institute for the Blind Ontario

     

    “CARP members will welcome the new photo ID card. It will help them access services and protect their identity. Needing government issued ID for bank accounts and other services is a frequent complaint from our members and they will be thrilled with this announcement.”

    – Susan Eng
    Vice President, Advocacy, CARP

     

    “Anyone can open a bank account as long as they have the appropriate government-issued identification. With the new Ontario photo identification card, more Ontarians will now have the identification they need to open a bank account and access banking services.”

    – Terry Campbell
    President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association

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  3. Hi there. Why is there a cost associated with this? Why can’t a tax paying resident of Ontario, who qualifies for the Provincial ID card, not get these issued for free? It is very inconvenient for someone that does not have a driver’s license or a passport. Businesses, including Canada Post, are confused and cause an embarrassing scene for the client, when government issued photo ID is not presented. I have heard, more than once, from postal workers and business staff “Maybe you should get your license?”. This is none of their business why a person does not have a driver’s license. Also, why does the Provincially issued Health Card, which includes a photo, not pass for photo ID?

    Thanks, from a frustrated tax payer.

  4. The availability of this govt issued ID card has been long overdue, and globally, it should be a nationwide requirement anyway. Even the most under-developed countries in the world issue these type of ID cards by default. As many others, I´m sure, I have lost credit cards, birth certificates & passports in the process of lugging these as ID and it has been disheartening when the health card wasnt acceptable. People with a driver´s license were not the only ¨identifiable¨ group of people in our society, and glad to see this change! Now we just need to know which areas of the card should not be exposed or revealved when submitting it as ID to further protect from identity fraud….

  5. Hi Constatine:
    There are over 500 posts and 56 pages. If combined and printed, there would be thousands of pages.

  6. Hi Tigresse:
    I’m sure you will be able to use it to apply for and to secure your Ontario driver’s licence, as long as you are
    prepared to surrender your Photo I.D. Card.

    People with Ontario driver licence’s will not be able to apply for and receive the Photo Card. The rule that
    the Provincial government is applying, is that an individual is not allowed to hold both a driver’s licence and a photo card simultaneously; apparently the government is instituting this policy to prevent fraud.

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