Province announces new driver's licences, identification cards

By Charles Lefebvre
June 6, 2018 - 11:18am

EDMONTON, AB — Driver’s licences and identification cards will have a new look when Albertans go to renew them.

The provincial government has redesigned the cards, bringing in new security features and a new design to help prevent identity fraud. The cards are currently in production.

“Our government takes identity fraud very seriously,” said Stephanie McLean, Minister of Service Alberta, in a news release. “We are the first jurisdiction in North America to integrate this combination of design and security to protect Albertans from ID theft and prevent fraud. We are using the latest technology available to safeguard people’s personal information and prevent scams.”

The driver’s licence depicts Castle Mountain and the Bow River in Banff National Park, and the ID cards feature a Wild Rose, the provincial flower. Both cards also feature an image of an Albertosaurus.

The licences were last redesigned in 2009. There is no need for residents to replace their current cards, as they will be phased out through the normal renewal process.The province says due to advances in technology, they cards cost less to manufacture and will save taxpayers more than $1 million annually.

A list of new security features can be found here.

Albertans can now choose "X" gender marker on driver's licences