If you are a resident of Ontario and you don’t have a driver’s license, or you’re looking for an additional form of government-issued ID, the Ontario Photo Card might be the solution for you.
What is the Ontario Photo Card?
An Ontario Photo Card is a government-issued identification card that is available to Ontario residents who do not have a driver’s license. It is useful for identification purposes, such as when opening a bank account, voting, or accessing government services.
Who is eligible for an Ontario Photo Card?
Ontario residents who are 16 years of age or older and do not have a driver’s license are eligible to apply for the Card.
How do I apply for an Ontario Photo Card?
You can apply for an Ontario Photo Card by visiting a ServiceOntario location in person. You will need to bring original documents that prove your identity, such as a birth certificate or passport, and your residency in Ontario, such as a utility bill or lease agreement. You will also need to have your photo taken at the ServiceOntario location.
How much does it cost to get OPC?
As of 2023, the cost for an Ontario Photo Card is $35.
How long does it take to get an Ontario Photo Card?
It can take up to 4-6 weeks to receive your OPC in the mail after you have applied in person at a ServiceOntario location.
Can I renew my OPC?
Yes, you can renew your Ontario Photo Card before it expires. You will need to bring the original documents that prove your identity and residency again, as well as pay the renewal fee.
Can I apply for renewal online?
Yes, you can apply for OPC renewal online through the ServiceOntario website if you don’t need a new photo.
To apply for a renewal online, you will need to have your current Ontario Photo Card number, as well as a valid credit card for payment. You will also need to have a digital version of your photo and signature.
What if I lose my Ontario Photo Card?
If you lose your OPC, you can apply for a replacement card at a ServiceOntario location where you must complete the Ontario Photo Card application form. There is a fee for a replacement card.
How much does it cost to apply for a replacement OPC?
The cost for this service is $10.
Can I use my Ontario Photo Card as a travel document?
No, it is not a travel document and cannot be used for international travel. It is only for identification purposes within Ontario. However, it can be used as proof of identity for domestic travel.
What if my personal information changes, such as my name or address?
If your personal information changes, you will need to update your Ontario Photo Card at a ServiceOntario location. You will need to bring the original documents that prove your identity and residency again. You can also send a written request with your:
- full name
- photo card number
- current address
- new address
Mail your request to:
P.O. Box 9200
What if I want to change the sex designation on my OPC?
If you want to change the sex designation on your Ontario Photo Card from M to F or F to M, you will need to apply for a new card and provide supporting documentation to prove your gender identity by going to a ServiceOntario centre near you and bring an original, valid long or short form birth certificate.
If you want to change the sex designation on your OPC from M or F to X, you do not have to bring any supporting documents.
Is OPC accepted for notarization services as a proof of identity?
Yes, it can be used as a valid form of government-issued identification in Ontario.
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