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Province revamps driver’s licence to better identify age of majority

Beginning in 2013, driver’s licences across the province will sport a new look.

A new identifier on Ontario driver’s licences and photo cards will clearly show when card holders turn 19. The identifier will read “age 19” followed by the exact date the card holder turns 19, all in bold letters. It will be located near the bottom of the card, beside the date of birth.

Only driver’s licences and photo cards issued on or after January 1, 2013 will have the new identifier. Existing cardholders who wish to have the identifier applied to their card can pay a replacement fee to have a new card issued.

“Our government has heard from the retail sector and public health units across Ontario,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation. “We’ve taken action to keep youth in Ontario safe by including the date a person is 19 years of age on Ontario’s driver’s licence and photo cards.”

Drivers under 19 years of age who are drinking are two times more likely to be involved in a fatal collisions compared to older drivers. Helping prevent youth from smoking and drinking is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to keep families safe and healthy, at home and on the road.

 

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