The identities of Nova Scotia residents will now be a bit safer, thanks to some new regulations past by the local government.
Starting late last week, Access Nova Scotia Centres began collecting additional information from registrants, reports Halifax News Net. Details such as height and eye color will now be displayed on the plastic cards. The cards also use new technology that captures photo and signature information.
The changes affect anyone renewing or applying for a government-issued ID, such as drivers’ licenses and government IDs. The new cards are available at no extra cost.
"This is part of the government’s commitment to protect Nova Scotians by staying ahead of increasingly complex threats to personal identity," Ramona Jennex, minister of service Nova Scotia, told the Halifax News Net. "This initiative is part of an Atlantic provinces’ joint venture to comply with changing national and international security standards."
According to statistics from SpendOnLife.ca, more than 1.7 million Canadians were victims of identity theft in recent years. Recovering their identities cost victims collectively more than $150 million.
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