New li­cences, IDs won’t be given out over the counter

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

Nova Sco­tia and the other At­lantic provinces are in­tro­duc­ing mea­sures to make driver’s li­cence and photo ID cards bet­ter pro­tected against iden­tity theft, fraud and forgery.

Be­gin­ning next month, a new, highly se­cure driver’s li­cence and photo ID card will be printed at a cen­tral fa­cil­ity shared by all four provinces and mailed to clients within two weeks.

“e main rea­son for this change is to pro­tect Nova Sco­tians against iden­tity theft and fraud,” Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal Lloyd Hines said in a news re­lease.

“ese changes will help us keep pace with the lat­est se­cu­rity and tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, and bring us in line with the rest of the coun­try.”

Nova Sco­tians won’t have to get a new li­cence or photo ID card un­til their cur­rent one is up for re­newal. Since cards now won’t be printed at Ac­cess Nova Sco­tia Cen­tres and Reg­istry of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles o ces, peo­ple re­new­ing their li­cence will be given a 30day tem­po­rary doc­u­ment to use un­til their new li­cence ar­rives.

ere is no fee in­crease and the new cards will be im­ple­mented over the next ve years as driv­ers’ li­cences ex­pire.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.no­vas­co­tia.ca/driver­sli­cence.

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