Government Issued ID For Those Who Don't Drive July 11, 2011

The Ministry of Transportation is issuing ID cards later this month for the more than 15 million people in Ontario over the age of 16 who don’t drive.

People without a driver’s license have complained that it is very difficult to do basic transactions that require identification, such as opening a bank account, cashing a cheque, or obtaining a credit card. Even simple actions such as boarding a domestic flight, booking hotel accommodations, or renting a video are complicated without proper ID.

Located at about 20 select Service Ontario centres for starters, the card will be available for $35 and will be valid for five years. Applicants will be required to provide original documents identifying and proving their legal name, date of birth, and signature.

Transportation Minister, Kathleen Wynne, says the provincial government has ensured the card will be accepted as valid proof of identity to access government, financial or business services. She also stresses the card will be among the most secure cards in North America.

The cards will be available for application July 25, 2011 at 20 select Service Ontario centres. The government is hoping to expand the program to all 300 Service Ontario locations in 2012 should numbers warrant.

This story was first printed in the Toronto Star on July 6, 2011, by Richard J. Brennan.

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