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Ontario introduces new optional Photo ID card

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.

The new, secure card will be recognized as government-issued identification for Ontarians 16 and over who do not drive.
Ontarians can apply for the photo card at about 20 selected ServiceOntario centres across the province since end-July, and at all 300 locations in 2012.

“This ID will make life easier for all Bramptonians without a driver’s licence as their identification proof,” said Vic Dhillon MPP Brampton West. “It will give them the independence to perform various activities. We have delivered on an issue that our seniors and advocacy group had been requesting”
• The photo card will cost $35 and is valid for five years.
• It is for those people who do not have driving license as their identification.

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.

Posted: Aug 31, 2011

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