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Ontario’s new government-issued photo ID card now available

July 28, 2011

As of July 25, 2011 Ontarians can now apply for the province’s new government-issued photo identification (ID) card. The new photo ID card can be obtained at one of 21 ServiceOntario locations across the province and will be available at all locations by 2012.

The card costs $35 and is valid for five years. Individuals must be an Ontario resident to obtain a card and provide original identity documents with legal name, date of birth and signature.

The card has been launched to make it easier for Ontarians who are aged 16 and older and do not have a driver’s license to open a bank account, make travel arrangements and perform other activities that require photo ID. The Ministry of Transportation will also be working with Elections Ontario to ensure that the card can be used to vote during the October 2011 provincial election.

For more information about the new photo ID cards, please visit the Ministry of Transportation website at

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