Following the increased security measures numerous USA states have been implementing for their residents’ driver’s licenses and ID cards, the four Atlantic Canadian provinces are redesigning their driver’s licenses and ID cards to better protect their citizens from identity theft, fraud, and forgery.

Starting in November, the new ID cards and driver’s licenses, to be printed at a central facility that distributes to all four provinces, will be mailed to new applicants within 14 days, according to Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. You can see a sample of the new Nova Scotia driver’s license and ID cards below:

New Nova Scotia Driver's License Design

New Nova Scotia ID Card Design

Current Atlantic Canadian license-holders don’t need to acquire the new license until their current one expires. All residents renewing their license will be given a temporary document until the license arrives from the central facility, and the roll-out will be gradual over the next 5 years as current licenses and ID cards expire.

Here are some of the features for the new Canadian driver’s licenses and ID cards (see examples in images of the new Prince Edward Island driver’s license design below):

  • Changeable laser image (multiple images can occupy the same area)
  • Polycarbonate, tamper-resistant card material
  • Tactile text via embossing and laser engraving
  • Inventory Control Number and accompanying barcode
  • Black and white photographs
  • Banning wearing glasses in photos
  • Rainbow printing and a maple leaf on the back

New Prince Edward Island Driver's License

New Prince Edward Island Driver's License - Back View


Here are previews of new Canadian driver’s license designs for Newfoundland and New Brunswick:

New Newfoundland Driver's License Design


New New Brunswick Canadian Driver's License Design New New Brunswick Canadian ID Card Design

Visit for more information about the changeover and security features of the new Canadian driver’s licenses.

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