Photo Identification Card Available In Ontario Beginning Today

Update: see previous post –  June 21, 2011 100 ServiceOntario Centres will Open Until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m-1 p.m on Saturdays,  June 10, 2011 New Ontario Government Photo I.D. Card (For Those Without a Driver’s Licence),  January 20, 2009 Toronto Downtown “Drivers & Vehicles Licencing Office” Relocated                       

Almost  a million and a half Ontarians run into obstacles when they are trying to open up an account at a financial institution (Credit Union, banks etc.), attempting to rent an apartment or to book a hotel, due to the fact that they don’t possess a valid driver’s licence.

Beginning today, those people, along with those that are blind, disabled, elderly or homeless, can apply for Ontario government-issue photo identification.  You have to be at least 16 years old, pay $35 and you can obtain this photo id which is valid for 5 (five) years.

More About the New Photo I.D.:

  • 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.

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.

The Ontario Photo Card is available today at the 20 selected ServiceOntario locations featured below:

Ontario Photo Card

ServiceOntario centres offering photo card services

Barrie320 Bayfield Street, L4M 3C1
Chatham455 Grand Avenue East, N7L 1X3
Cornwall113 Second Street East, K6H 1H5
Hamilton119 King Street West, L8P 4Y7
Kingston1650 Bath Road, K7K 4B1
Kirkland Lake10 Government Road East, P2N 3M6
Kitchener1151 Victoria Street, North, Unit 5, N3B 3C5
London1790 Dundas Street East., N5W 3E5
Mississauga1151 Dundas Street West, L5B 2T4
North Bay392 Airport Rd, P1B 8X1
Oshawa419 King St W, L1J 7J2
Ottawa1309 Carling Avenue, K1Z 7L3
Ottawa110 Laurier Ave. West, K1P 1J1
Sault Ste. Marie420 Queen Street, P6A 1Z7
Sioux Lookout62 Queen Street, P8T 1A2
St. Catharines301 St. Paul Street, L2R 7R4
Sudbury40 Elm Street, P3C 1S8
Thunder Bay1020 Dawson Road, P7B 1K0
Toronto (Lake Shore)1025 Lake Shore Blvd East, M4M 1B4
Toronto47 Sheppard Avenue East, 4th Flr Unit 417, M2N 5N1
Windsor400 City Hall Square East, N9A 7K6





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