Ontario makes it easier to determine who is 19
Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, 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.
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.
Only driver licences and photo cards issued on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will have the new identifier.
Drivers under 19 years of age who are drinking are two times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision compared to older drivers.
Approximately 150,000 cards are issued each year to drivers under the age of 19.
Driver licence cards in all Canadian provinces except Quebec include an age identifier.