Motor Registration Division is the agency responsible for issuing Canadian id card. The identification card is accepted for all purposes for which proof of identification is required under any act of this province, such as purchase of liquor, cigarettes, etc.



 The Canadian ID Card

In a world driven by identification and authentication, having a reliable and official form of identification is crucial. For Canadians, the Canadian ID card serves as an essential document that offers a wide range of benefits and functions. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve deep into the realm of the Canadian ID card, exploring its significance, application process, advantages, and frequently asked questions.

What Is a Canadian ID Card?

Understanding the Basics

The Canadian ID card, officially known as the “Canada Identification Card,” is a government-issued document that serves as proof of identity and Canadian citizenship. It is a valuable alternative to a Canadian passport or driver’s license, especially for individuals who do not drive or travel internationally.

How to Apply for a Canadian ID Card

Eligibility Criteria

Before diving into the application process, it’s essential to understand who is eligible for a Canadian ID card. To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Canadian Citizenship: You must be a Canadian citizen.
  2. Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  3. Residency: You should be a resident of the province or territory where you’re applying.

The Application Process

  1. Gather Required Documents: Collect necessary documents such as proof of Canadian citizenship, birth certificate, and proof of residency.
  2. Fill Out the Application: Obtain the Canadian ID card application form from your provincial or territorial government website. Complete the form accurately.
  3. Visit a Local Service Center: Locate the nearest Service Canada center or equivalent office in your area. Schedule an appointment if required.
  4. Biometric Data Collection: You’ll need to provide biometric data, including fingerprints and a photograph, during your visit.
  5. Pay the Fee: There is a fee associated with the Canadian ID card application. Ensure you have the necessary funds.
  6. Wait for Processing: Your application will be processed, and you will be notified when your Canadian ID card is ready for pickup.

Benefits of a Canadian ID Card


The Canadian ID card offers various advantages:

  • Identification: It serves as valid proof of identity in various situations, such as opening a bank account or accessing government services.
  • Travel: While not a travel document, it can be used as identification for domestic flights within Canada.
  • Age Verification: It verifies your age, which is useful for age-restricted activities or purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to receive a Canadian ID card?

The processing time can vary, but it typically takes a few weeks to receive your Canadian ID card after applying.

Can I use my Canadian ID card for international travel?

No, the Canadian ID card is not a travel document and cannot be used for international travel. You will need a valid Canadian passport for that purpose.

 Is the Canadian ID card accepted as proof of identity everywhere in Canada?

While widely accepted, some institutions and businesses may have their policies regarding acceptable forms of ID. It’s best to check beforehand.

 What should I do if my Canadian ID card is lost or stolen?

If your Canadian ID card is lost or stolen, you should report it immediately to the local authorities and contact the issuing agency to request a replacement.

Can I renew my Canadian ID card?

No, the Canadian ID card does not have a renewal process. When it expires, you will need to apply for a new one following the same application process.

Motor Registration Division is the agency responsible for issuing Canadian id card. The identification card is accepted for all purposes for which proof of identification is required under any act of this province, such as purchase of liquor, cigarettes, etc.


river’s licenses and photo identification cards are no longer printed upon request at the Motor Registration Division offices; instead, they are now produced centrally and dispatched to clients via a centralized issuance system. Further details regarding the enhanced security features of your new driver’s license or ID card can be found here.

To be eligible for a photo identification card, you must be a resident of this province.

Individuals relocating to Newfoundland & Labrador from outside of Canada, as well as those applying for an identification card, must furnish proof of their legal presence in Canada. This entails presenting one primary proof of legal presence and one secondary document, or two primary documents (one of which must serve as an acceptable proof of legal presence), as outlined in the categories below:

For Canadian residents, two forms of identification are necessary, with at least one being an original primary document, and the other an original secondary document as listed within each category below:


  • Valid Foreign Passport with appropriate immigration documents
  • Permanent Resident Card or Immigration papers – Record of Landing
  • Study or Work Permit
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Temporary Resident Permit
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (with photograph)
  • Valid Canadian Passport


  • Government issued Birth Certificate¹
  • Valid Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
  • Municipal, Provincial or Federal Police Force Identification
  • Federal Firearms Identification Card
  • Photo Identification Card issued by the Motor Registration Division ¹ If the name on the birth certificate does not match your current name, you will need another original document, such as a marriage certificate specifying your current name.


  • Baptismal Certificate (with church seal)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Credit Card
  • School Identification Card (photograph: Newfoundland and Labrador schools only)
  • Government Identification Card (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Photo Drivers License from another Canadian jurisdiction
  • MCP Card
  • Health Care Board Card (Newfoundland and Labrador only)
  • Or other documentation satisfactory to the Registrar

Please note that while you have the option to present two pieces of identification from the primary list, WE CANNOT ACCEPT TWO PIECES OF IDENTIFICATION FROM THE SECONDARY LIST.

If you are married and wish to have your married name reflected on your photo ID card, you will also need to provide your marriage certificate. The ID card remains valid for a period of 5 years, with a fee of $25.

AIR TRAVEL AND PHOTO ID Canadian airlines now require passengers to present photo identification. Some residents of Newfoundland and Labrador may find themselves out of the province without such identification. In such instances, they may seek assistance from the Motor Registration Division to obtain photo identification. Here are the steps to follow:

Always verify with the airlines that they accept the following procedure.

While out of the province, have passport photos taken at any commercial establishment. Take these photos to a justice of the peace, notary public, commissioner of oaths, or any other authorized individual for certification. This process will involve presenting the requisite documents, such as a birth certificate, social insurance card, MCP identification, and so forth.



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