Canadian provincial and territorial photo cards

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In Canada, provincial driver's licences are the primary form of government-issued photo ID. However, many Canadian residents do not drive and most Canadian provinces produce photo ID cards for Canadians who do not drive. A common feature of these cards is that a valid photo card cannot be held currently with a valid drivers licence.



Alberta provides its residents with the Identification Card. This card is produced by Service Alberta. The minimum age for this card to be issued is 12, but anyone under the age of 18 requires parental consent. Alberta has not produced an enhanced card for non-drivers.[1]

British Columbia[edit]

British Columbia produces the B.C. identification card (BCID). The minimum age to apply for this card is 12 years of age, although individuals under the age of 19 require parental consent.[2] Production of these cards is administered by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the same office as BC drivers licences. Currently there is a $35 fee for five years, unless a valid drivers licence is exchanged.[3]

British Columbia opted to produce an enhanced ID card to be used as proof of citizenship at land borders.[4]


Manitoba produces both a Manitoba Identification Card and Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card for non-drivers. These cards are issued by Manitoba Public Insurance and there is a $20 fee for five years.[5]

New Brunswick[edit]

New Brunswick produces a Photo ID card for non drivers for a $48 fee, or $15 for a replacement.[6] The card expires after four years.

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador produces the Photo Identification Card.[7] The fee is $25 for five years. Newfoundland has not produced an enhanced ID card.

Nova Scotia[edit]

As of February 2017, all drivers licenses and provincial identification cards conform to the enhanced security measures.


In July 2011, the Government of Ontario introduced the Ontario Photo Card for Ontarians who do not hold a valid Ontario drivers licence.[8] The fee is $35 for five years. As of May 2012, more than 40,000 cards are in circulation.[9] While initially offered at only a handful of ServiceOntario locations, it is currently offered at 85 locations.[9] As of 2012, although the Ontario Government has produced an Enhanced Drivers Licence, there is no corresponding enhanced photo card.

Prince Edward Island[edit]

Prince Edward Island produces the Voluntary ID for residents of PEI who do not drive. These cards are produced by Access PEI.[10]


As of 2012, Quebec does not have a photo card for non-drivers. Residents frequently use their Quebec health insurance cards as ID, however, as they do contain photos.


Saskatchewan produces a photo ID for non-drivers, issued through SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance - Crown Corporation). There is a $15 fee for the production of this card.[11]


Northwest Territories[edit]

In 2012 NWT began issuing the Northwest Territories General Identification Card [12]


In 2008 Nunavut began issuing General Identification Cards.[13]


Yukon Territory introduced the Yukon General Identification Card in October 2010, while also upgrading the security features of Yukon driving licences.[14] The fee is $25 for five years. Prior to these cards, non-drivers used a Territorial Liquor Card.[15]


  1. ^ Government of Alberta. "Service Alberta: Identification Card".
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  3. ^ "Fees – Driver licensing". Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Photo ID Card".
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  8. ^ "Newsroom : Ontario Introduces New Photo ID Card".
  9. ^ a b "Photo card expanding to more service centres".
  10. ^ "Guide 0505 Documents: Identification Card - PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada".
  11. ^ SGI. "SGI - Get photo ID".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Government flashes new drivers' licences - Yukon News".
  15. ^ "Secure Driver's Licence & General Identification Card".