Canadian Provincial and Territorial Photo Cards

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In Canada, Provincial drivers licenses have been the primary form of government issued photo ID used by Canadians. However, many Canadian residents do not drive. In recent years most Canadian provinces have begun to 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 license.



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.[1]

Alberta has not produced an enhanced card for non-drivers.

British Columbia[edit]

British Columbia produces the B.C. identification card (BCID). The minimum age to apply for this card is 12 years, 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 licenses. Currently there is a $35 fee for five years, unless a valid drivers license 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 $44 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]

Nova Scotia produces the Nova Scotia Identification Card for a $17.70 fee with no tax. The card is valid for five years. Nova Scotia has chosen not to produce an enhanced ID card because Nova Scotia does not have significant land borders with the US. [8]


In July 2011, the Government of Ontario introduced the Ontario Photo Card for Ontarians who do not, or cannot, hold a valid Ontario drivers licence.[9] The fee is $35 for five years. As of May 2012, More than 40,000 cards are in circulation.[10] While initially offered at only a handful of ServiceOntario locations, it is currently offered at 85 locations, and will be a universal service by the end of 2012. [10]

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 produced the Voluntary ID for residents of PEI who do not drive. These cards are produced by Access P.E.I.[11]


As of 2012 Quebec does not have a photo card for non-drivers.


Saskatchewan produces a photo ID for non-drivers, issued through the same agency which produces drivers licenses. There is a $10 fee for the production of this card [12]


Northwest Territories[edit]

In 2012 NWT began issuing the Northwest Territories General Identification Card [13]


In 2008 Nunavut began issuing General Identification Cards [14]


Yukon Territory introduced the Yukon General Idenfication Card in October 2010, while also upgrading the security features of Yukon driving licenses.[15] The fee is $25 for five years. Prior to these cards non-drivers used a Territorial Liquor Card [16]