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.
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
Saskatchewan's driver's licence and photo ID card has been designed with many enhanced security features, including facial recognition technology. It will help protect Saskatchewan residents from:
- identity theft
- prevent anyone from getting more than 1 card
- the creation and distribution of fake ID cards
Facial recognition will also help to improve road safety by preventing suspended drivers from using a false identity to get a licence.
How it works
When a customer’s photo is taken for their driver’s licence or photo ID card, their photo gets enrolled in the facial recognition system. The facial recognition system creates a numeric template of the photo by using features on the customer’s face, such as the size and shape of their eyes and the distance between facial features. The numeric template is then compared to the customer’s previous driver’s licence or photo ID, if they have one, and to all other photos in the facial recognition database to confirm the photo is not associated with any other customer in the database.
Do I need a new card?
Facial recognition technology works behind the scenes, meaning customers won’t notice anything different when they get their photo taken and new cards will not be required. All customers will be enrolled into the facial recognition system automatically over time.
Protecting your privacy
Facial recognition technology will be used only for a very specific purpose; to detect fraud and maintain the integrity of Saskatchewan’s driver’s licence and photo ID system.
Customer privacy is very important to SGI. SGI is committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information in accordance with the law as outlined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This is an act respecting a right of access to documents of the Government of Saskatchewan and a right of privacy with respect to personal information held by the Government of Saskatchewan. SGI ensures that the requirements of this act are met at all times.
SGI is working with the Privacy Commissioner to ensure they are comfortable with this program.