Switch to a photo health card now

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Bring the right documents. Bring your red and white health card and three separate documents – you will need three separate identification documents (photocopies not accepted):
    • an original one that proves your Canadian citizenship or OHIP-eligible immigration status (example, Canadian passport or birth certificate)
    • an original, printed or digital/electronic one that proves you live in Ontario (example, driver's licence)
    • an original one that confirms your identity (example, credit card or utility bill)
  2. Download, print and complete a Health Card Re-Registration Form
    • bring this to a ServiceOntario centre
  3. Visit a ServiceOntario centre near you

If you have a valid address on file, you will receive a letter in the mail asking you to switch to a photo health card. If you get a letter, please follow the instructions in it.

See the full list of acceptable documents for each category. All three must be originals – photocopies or printouts will not be accepted.

No fee

It’s free to switch to a photo health card.

Medical exceptions

If you can’t visit a ServiceOntario centre for medical reasons, a physician or nurse practitioner must complete a Health Card Medical Exemption Request form for you. You can have a friend, family member or someone else bring the completed form, along with your required documents, to a ServiceOntario centre.