Voluntary ID

A voluntary ID may only be issued to residents of Prince Edward Island, defined as a person who is:

  • Employed for more than 30 days in any year
  • Attending school or college in the province
  • In the province and whose children attend school in the province
  • Lives in the province

This document is valid for a five year period.

What do I need to get a voluntary ID?

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.

Voluntary 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 with my photo?

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

Plus at least 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 voluntary 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 to determine if a voluntary ID may be issued

Phone: (902) 368-6225 Charlottetown area
Phone: (902) 432-2714 Summerside area

What is the fee?

The fee for a voluntary ID is 

Valid for 5 years -  $50.00
Valid for 1 year - $20.00
Duplicate ID - $20.00

Qualified individuals - No Charge

  • 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 canceled 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

Published date: 
July 27, 2020