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:

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 online or in person

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:

Online

Renew your Ontario Photo Card now

Note: The online renewal service will only accept Visa and Mastercard at this time.

In-person

Find a ServiceOntario centre near you.

Cost and delivery

Cost

$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. 

Payment options

In person: Visa, Mastercard, debit, cash, certified cheque

Online: Visa and Mastercard

Delivery

4 to 6 weeks by mail

Photos

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
  • signature

Mail your request to:

ServiceOntario
P.O. Box 9200
Kingston, ON
K7L 5K4

Change the information on my Ontario Photo Card

You can now add French characters (e.g. ç, è, é, ê, ë) to your driver’s licence.

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.

Learn more about reclaiming your traditional Indigenous name

French characters

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.

Find a ServiceOntario centre

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.

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

Updated: November 15, 2021
Published: September 04, 2012