ON – New photo identification card to be made available to Ontario residents

Around the end of July, the province will be implementing a new photo identification card program for provincial residents aged 16 and older.

Ontarioresidents are frequently asked to provide photo identification in connection with government, banking or other business transactions. While anOntariodriver’s licence is often used to provide such identification, that option is not available toOntarioresidents who do not drive or older residents who may have given up their driver’s licence.

The new photo ID will cost $35 and will be valid for a period of 5 years. Only those Ontario residents who do not hold a current driver’s licence will be eligible to apply for and obtain the new photo ID, although it will be possible to exchange a current driver’s licence for the new photo ID. More detailed information on the application process and the eligible uses for the ID are outlined on the Ontario government Web site at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/photo-card.shtml.

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