Saskatchewan's driver's licence includes images that represent the beauty of Saskatchewan's diverse landscape. It it has been designed with many security features and meets international standards important for travel and other identification requirements.
Multiple card versions in use
SGI recently changed card production vendors and began issuing the newest version of Saskatchewan’s driver’s licence and photo identification cards on April 1, 2016. As a result, there are currently 2 different card versions in circulation that have several minor differences in appearance. Both are completely valid.
Not everyone will receive a new card initially. New driver’s licence and identification cards will be issued only to customers whose old card has expired, who are getting a card for the first time, or who need to update information like address or name, etc. It will take up to 5 years before every Saskatchewan driver has the newest card.
The licence provides 3 advancing levels of security:
- Level 1 - features that can be easily seen or felt, such as laser engraved raised lettering, overlapping and variable text fields and a holographic-like image that displays different information when viewed from different angles or a clear portrait window, depending on the version.
- Level 2 - features that require the use of a special tools, such as a magnifying glass or an ultraviolet light to reveal microprinting and UV inks.
- Level 3 - features designed for law enforcement and forensic purposes
Facial recognition technology selects facial features from an image and searches for possible matches within a database.
Saskatchewan plans to introduce facial recognition technology for driver’s licences in 2016. This technology provides identity verification, which ensures the driver’s licence/photo ID cards in Saskatchewan are secure and reliable.
Protects your identity
Facial recognition technology will benefit Saskatchewan drivers from a traffic safety perspective by preventing suspended drivers from using a false identity to get a licence. Facial recognition technology also helps prevent fraud. It will protect Saskatchewan residents from identity theft and prevent multiple licences and/or photo ID cards from being issued to different people using one person’s identification.
How it works
Facial recognition technology accuracy has improved significantly over the last decade. Photo capture technology ensures any photos taken are of acceptable quality for use in the facial recognition system.
When a photo is enrolled into the facial recognition system, the system creates a numerical template of the photo by using landmarks on the face, for example the distance between the eyes, and the size and/or shape of the eyes, nose, cheekbones and jaw. Then, the system compares the numeric template of the new photo to the numeric template of your previous one. Next, it compares the numeric template of your photo to the numeric template of all other photos in the database, to confirm the photo is not associated with any other customer in the database.
The number of false matches will be dependent on the quality of the photos captured in the SGI database. SGI monitors the facial recognition system to ensure that it is returning accurate results. The use of facial recognition is not entirely reliant on the system/technology. There is a second level of verification, where a human reviews all possible matches or mismatches identified by the system.
Customer privacy is very important to SGI. The corporation is required to follow the statutes outlined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This means only SGI will have access to the facial recognition database. However, if law enforcement subpoenas a record or has a warrant, SGI will provide them with the information that is requested.