Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) have launched their new driver’s licences and general identification cards.

Security Document World reports both documents offer improved security features, making them more difficult to alter or replicate.

The new documents also feature NWT elements such as a diamond, Arctic Grayling, Mountain Aven, fox, midnight sun and fireweed.

The new cards will be available next month. Cards with the old design remain valid until their expiry date (or extended expiry date due to COVID-19).

Beginning in November, temporary identification cards will also be available at Driver and Motor Vehicles Offices. At that time, images taken at the issuing office will also be enrolled into the facial recognition system, Security Document World reports.

This technology protects residents from identity theft and prevents people from getting several licences or ID cards in multiple jurisdictions.

“The Government of the Northwest Territories takes security fraud very seriously,” R.J. Simpson, Minister of Infrastructure, said.

“Our newly designed driver’s licences and general identification cards are now among the most secure in the world, ensuring the best possible protection to Northwest Territories residents from fraud.”

(Government of the Northwest Territories)

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