Ontario Photo Card
The 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 any other activities that require official identification.
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What you need to know
Ontario Photo Cards can be used:
- for day-to-day business transactions
- as proof of identity for domestic travel
An Ontario Photo Card cannot be used as proof of identification for international travel. Learn more about travelling outside of Canada.
An Ontario Photo Card and a driver’s licence or a photo ID card from Ontario or another province, state or country cannot be held at the same time. If you have a driver’s licence or a photo ID card from Ontario or any other province, state or country, you must turn in your existing licence or ID when applying for an Ontario Photo Card.
Please inform ServiceOntario if you have ever held an Ontario driver’s licence, even if it is suspended or cancelled, when you apply for an Ontario Photo Card. Not doing so may delay getting your Ontario Photo Card.
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. If you wish to re-apply for your Ontario driver’s licence, you may be subject to all tests and wait periods.
Get an Ontario Photo Card
You can apply for an Ontario Photo Card in person at a ServiceOntario centre if you:
- do not have a driver’s licence
- are a resident of Ontario
- are 16 years of age or older
You will need to bring the following to a ServiceOntario centre:
- original identity documents (for example, birth certificate) to prove your legal name, date of birth and signature
- your marriage certificate, if you are applying under your married name
If you do not have proof of signature document, you can use a Declaration from a Guarantor instead.
Note: If you have a driver’s licence and want to get an Ontario Photo Card, you must give up your licence. Your driver’s licence will be cancelled when you apply for your Photo Card. If you wish to re-apply for your Ontario driver’s licence, you may be subject to all tests and wait periods.
Renew your Ontario Photo Card
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An Ontario Photo Card is valid for 5 years, after which time it must be renewed.
You can apply for a renewal online if you don’t need a new photo. You are required to get a new photo every 10 years, and if you are due for a new photo, you must apply for a renewal in person at a ServiceOntario centre.
To renew you will need to:
- pay a renewal fee of $35
- provide an additional piece of ID (only if your Ontario Photo Card is expired)
Note: The online renewal service will only accept Visa and Mastercard at this time.
Cost and delivery
$35 to get or renew your Ontario Photo Card.
The fee may vary depending on your Ontario health card renewal date.
To match your health card expiry date, your Ontario Photo Card renewal period may be less then 5 years or longer than 5 years.
In person: Visa, Mastercard, debit, cash, certified cheque
Online: Visa and Mastercard
4 to 6 weeks by mail
The picture on your Ontario Photo Card must be:
- completely visible
- free of any obstructions
- a neutral expression
Headwear 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 (for example, eyeglasses) when taking a photo for government-issued identification.
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 your:
- full name
- photo card number
- current address
- new address
Mail your request to:
P.O. Box 9200
Change the information on my Ontario Photo Card
You can now add French characters (for example, ç, è, é, ê, ë) to your Ontario Photo Card.
Height and address
To make any changes to your Ontario Photo Card, including your address and height, you must visit a ServiceOntario centre. You do not need to bring anything other than your card.
Date of birth
To change or correct the date of birth on your Ontario Photo Card, you must visit a ServiceOntario centre and bring one of the following:
- birth certificate (Note: Quebec birth certificate issued before January 1, 1994 is not accepted)
- certified copy of statement of live birth (government issued)
- Canadian citizenship card with photo
- Canadian certificate of Indian Status
- Permanent resident card
- Permanent resident form (IMM5292) (must be accompanied by a valid foreign passport)
- Record of landing (IMM 1000) (must be valid and cannot be laminated)
Reclaim a traditional Indigenous name
If you are a Survivor of a residential school, you, and your family can reclaim your Indigenous name.
To add French characters (for example, ç, è, é, ê, ë) on your Ontario Photo Card, you need to bring proof of your legal name with the characters according to the list of accepted original identity documents.
Change the sex designation on your Ontario Photo Card
Change from M to F or F to M
To change the sex designation on your Ontario Photo Card from male (M) to female (F) or female (F) to male (M), go to a ServiceOntario centre near you and bring an original, valid long or short form birth certificate.
Change from M or F to X
To change the sex designation on your Ontario Photo Card (OPC) to an X (gender neutral), visit a ServiceOntario centre. You do not have to bring any supporting documents.
Learn more about changing your sex designation.
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.
The cost for this service is $10.