It might not look much different than the current driver’s licence, but it could save you some space in your wallet.
You should soon be able to access your driver’s license and health information using the same identification card in Manitoba.
The province says it got good feedback to the idea of merging the two cards, so it is aiming to roll the personal identification card out in fall of 2017.
It will essentially look the same as your driver’s license, but will have your personal health identification number printed on the back.
Health Minister Sharon Blady says the combined card will feature technology to prevent fraud and identity theft.
“It’s convenient, it’s safe, it’s secure. It will be that one thing in your wallet. It’s going to be free to all Manitobans. If you’re already someone with a Manitoba driver’s license, it will go on the back. If you’re someone in need of the personal identification card, again, all in one, free to all Manitobans,” she said.
No health information will be stored digitally on the card. MPI will not be able to access any health information.
The cost of merging the two cards will be about $13 million upfront, but the province believes it will be able to recoup that money in the long run by streamlining the services.
The majority of health care holders (92%) also possess photo ID issued by Manitoba Public Insurance.
For the eight per cent that does not have the card, they will be allowed to add health information to a provincial identification card. The province will also work with social services to get those cards into the hands of vulnerable people who don’t have an ID, which will help them do things like vote and rent an apartment.