Ontario Photo Card

Ontario Photo CardAn Ontario Photo Card is a wallet sized card that provides government-issued identification to those Ontarians who do not have a driver’s licence, making it easier for them to do things such as open a bank account, and perform any other activities that require official identification.


You can apply for an Ontario Photo Card if you:

  • do not have a driver's licence
  • are a resident of Ontario, and
  • are 16 years of age and older

You will need to bring to a ServiceOntario centre:

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Note: If you have a driver’s licence and want to get an Ontario Photo Card, you have to give up your licence. Your driver’s licence will be cancelled when you apply for your Photo Card.





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4 to 6 weeks by mail


What you need to know

The Ontario Photo Card cannot be used as travel documentation. It can be used as valid proof of identification for day-to-day business transactions.

If you have an Ontario Photo Card and apply for a driver’s licence, you must turn in your Ontario Photo Card as part of the application process and it will be cancelled.


The picture on your photo I.D. must be:

  • completely visible
  • free of any obstructions
  • a neutral expression

Head wear worn for religious or medical reasons can be worn, but must not cover any part of your face.

You may be asked to remove any head or face wear (e.g., eyeglasses) when taking a photo for government-issued identification.

Renew your Ontario Photo Card

Your Ontario Photo Card will need to be renewed every 5 years at a ServiceOntario centre.

To renew your Ontario Photo Card at a ServiceOntario centre you need to bring:

Change the address on your Ontario Photo Card

To change your address on your Ontario Photo Card, you can visit a ServiceOntario centre with your Ontario Photo Card or send a written request with:

  • full name
  • photo card number
  • current address
  • new address
  • signature

Mail your request to:
P.O. Box 9200
Kingston, ON
K7L 5K4

No proof of address is required.

Retake the photo on your Ontario Photo Card

If you are unsatisfied with the photo on your Ontario Photo Card, you can have a new photo taken at a ServiceOntario centre.  There is a fee of $10.

Replace your lost, stolen or damaged Ontario Photo Card

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged Ontario Photo Card, you must complete the Ontario Photo Card application form available at a ServiceOntario centre and provide proof of:

  • legal name
  • date of birth
  • signature

The cost for this service is $10.

List of acceptable identification

Change the information on my Ontario Photo Card?

To make any changes to your Ontario Photo Card, including your address and height, you must visit a ServiceOntario centre.

To change or correct your date of birth you will need to bring:

  • birth certificate
  • certified copy of statement of live birth (government issued)
  • citizenship card
  • Canadian certificate of Indian Status
  • Permanent resident card
  • Permanent resident form (IMM5292)
  • Record of landing (IMM 1000)

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Updated: April 8, 2015