New and improved driver’s licence for Quebec residents

New and improved driver’s licence for Quebec residents

Quebec City (Quebec) 11 September 2015 – The SAAQ, (Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Quebec) announced yesterday that the driving permit we are all used to is going to change. The new licence will be made of polycarbon, will be engraved by laser and the photo of the individual will be in black and white contrary to the colour photo now being used.

The new permit will be much more difficult to reproduce and is far more secure for its owner. Besides the photo being black and white, which allows for a better resolution, the birth date will be embossed as well as printed on the document. A new photo will only be required every 8 years.

The new licence is the most secure in North America and is a first for this type of product. The polycarbon structure is similar to that of the Canadian paper money and has been tested by the SAAQ for its reliability after being washed, dried and bent 100,000 thousand times without breaking or fading.

The new licences are being produced in Quebec by a European company, who won the tender, called Gemalto. A five year contract has been signed by the Government and Gemalto to produce the permits at a cost of $10.9 million which equals about $1.55 a copy.

The new documents are ready for shipping immediately and some are already in the mail.

Quebec issues about 1.7 million permits a year out of a total of 5.2 million.

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