Changes to driver’s licence and photo ID cards

Starting in November 2017, you will no longer receive your driver’s licence or photo ID card over the counter. Your card will be mailed to you.

New secure process starting this fall

Visit an Access Nova Scotia or Registry of Motor Vehicles office

You can renew your driver’s licence up to 6 months before your current expiry date. Plan ahead to give yourself enough time to receive your new card in the mail.

Temporary document

You will receive a temporary document when you apply for your driver’s licence, which is valid for 30 calendar days.

Your card will be mailed to you

You will receive your new card in the mail within 14 days.

Enhanced security features

Sample image of the new drivers licence and id cardSample image of the new drivers licence and id card

The new driver’s licence and photo ID cards have design and security features to help prevent identity theft and fraud.

Cost

There is no fee increase for the new cards.

What to do with your old card

Keep your old card and temporary document until your new card arrives in the mail within 14 business days. Once a new card arrives, we strongly encourage you to destroy your old card, just as you would an old credit card.

Early renewal

You can renew your driver’s licence up to 6 months in advance of your current expiry date.

Replacement cards

You can also purchase a replacement driver's licence, as is done with a lost licence, with the same expiry.

For more information, go to Registry of Motor Vehicles