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Ford government reveals updated driver's licence card to prevent fraud, identity theft

After revealing a redesigned licence plate last week, Ontario says it will also launch an updated driver's licence this fall.

Driver's licence design last updated around 12 years ago

The updated driver's licence drops the current green and blue colour theme for a largely blue and white design. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)

The Ontario government says it will launch a redesigned driver's licence this fall.

Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek says the licence cards were last updated 12 years ago, and the industry standard is five to seven years to help combat fraud and identity theft.

The card design will shift from the current mix of blue and green to a look that is largely blue and white with the province's redesigned trillium logo.

The government says the redesigned licence plates, which were unveiled last week, will be available in February 2020 after the current supply of plates is exhausted.

The province says it has resolved the problem that led to licence plates peeling and flaking and will now guarantee the plates for life.

Yurek says the plates will remain on both the front and back of vehicles across the province.

Ontario's new licence plates will go into circulation in February 2020. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)

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