Photographic Identification Card (Voluntary ID)
A Photographic Identification Card is a wallet sized card that provides government-issued identification to residents of PEI who do not have a driver’s licence.
“Resident” means a person legally entitled to be or remain in Canada and who makes the person’s home in and is ordinarily resident in the province.
A person is not eligible to apply for a photographic identification card where the person is the holder of a driver’s license or the equivalent of a photographic identification card issued by another province, state, territory or country.
What documents do I need to apply for a Photo ID?
To show proof of residency, two pieces of the following must be shown:
- Current utility bills (electric, cable, oil delivery, phone, etc.)
- Formal rental or lease agreement
- Letter of employment on company letterhead (or pay stubs with name and address)
- Any mail from the Federal or Provincial Government (tax, GST, correspondence, etc.)
- Bank cheque with name and address
- Mortgage documents
- Credit card bill/bank statement
All of the above must have your name and current PEI address.
In addition, Photo IDs will only be issued to individuals who have three resource documents that include a photo, full legal name and signature, or to those individuals who have a digital photo on the PEI Registry of Motor Vehicle database.
Do I need to provide a document that contains my photo?
Yes, acceptable resource documents must have at least one photo document from the following list:
- Valid Canadian Passport (Birth Certificate must accompany Canadian Passport if document is being used for full legal name.)
- Aviation Document issued by Transport Canada
- Ontario/Quebec Health Card
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)
- Permanent Resident Card (CIC) Citizenship Certificate with photo issued before Feb. 1, 2012 (CIC)
- Temporary Resident Permit (CIC) (IMM 1442)
- Refugee Protection Claimant Document (CIC) (IMM 1442)
- Valid Foreign Passport with appropriate Immigration Documents
- US Passport Card
- Canadian Forces ID
AND no more than two from this list:
- Birth Certificate
- Health Card
- Credit Card
- SIN Card
- Bank Card
- Any other recognized document with signature
A young person who has a valid birth certificate may be accompanied by his or her parents or legal guardian for identification and/or proof of residency purposes. The parent or legal guardian will be required to present his or her driver's license or Photo ID.
Do I have to book an appointment if I don't have the proper documents?
If you do not have or cannot obtain proper documents, an appointment must be scheduled with Highway Safety to determine if a Photo ID can be issued.
Phone: (902) 368-6225 Charlottetown area
Phone: (902) 432-2714 Summerside area
What is the fee?
Valid for 5 years: $50.00
Valid for 1 year: $20.00
Duplicate ID: $20.00
Qualified individuals - No Charge
Qualified individuals include:
- All individuals that are 18 years old or older and do not hold a valid driver`s license, Class 7 Instruction Permit or Class 9 Farm Tractor Permit.
- All individuals whose driving privileges have been cancelled administratively by PEI`s Highway Safety Division under Fitness to Drive provisions.
- All individuals that do not qualify to hold a driver`s license under Highway Safety Division`s Fitness to Drive provisions as approved by the Registrar.
- All individuals that no longer drive and their driver`s license is expired over 3 years.
Who can I contact for more information?
Phone: (902) 368-5228
Fax: (902) 368-5236