Ontario Introduces French Accents on Driver's Licences and Ontario Photo Cards

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Ontario government is adding French Language Characters, such as accents, to driver's licence cards and Ontario Photo Cards. Adding French Language Characters to Ontario driver's licence cards and Ontario Photo Cards is a first step in the province's plan to make French characters available on all Ontario government products.

Starting Monday, September 28, for the first time, Franco-Ontarians will be able to request a free replacement driver's licence or Ontario Photo Card displaying their name using French Language Characters.

People who want to add French Language Characters to their documents are encouraged to consider waiting until they need to renew their driver's licence or photo card to help reduce crowding and long wait times. Customers will be required to visit a ServiceOntario centre with supporting identification documents to request their new ID. The government continues to ask the public to only visit a ServiceOntario centre if necessary and follow all public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and thorough and frequent hand washing.