The province says new driver’s licences and identification cards will help protect Albertans against counterfeiting and ID theft while saving $1 million a year.

Updated security features include; clear windows, laser engraving and 3D embossing –which will make it harder to alter or replicate cards.

The driver’s licence design depicts Castle Mountain and the Bow River in Banff National Park, while the ID cards feature a Wild Rose. Both cards include an image of an Albertosaurus, a dinosaur whose name honours Alberta, where its remains were first discovered.

This is the first government card redesign since 2009.

Fun facts

  • The card makes a tin-like sound when dropped on a hard surface.
  • Rainbow printing: a gradual transition of colour from one part of the card to another makes it difficult to scan and replicate.
  • Clear window: three complex look-through windows, including one in the shape of Alberta, contain the cardholder’s photo.
  • “Ghost” date of birth: the security background is visible through the characters of the birth month and year.
  • Clear laser engraving: you can feel the clear lettering (date of birth and sex) to the left of the photo.
  • Raised text: you can feel the raised black text on the date of birth, date of expiry and signature.
  • Embossed Alberta shield: can be seen and felt in the lower part of the clear window.
  • 3D embossing: you can feel the Albertosaurus image raised above the card surface. It creates a 3D effect – the tail continues on the back of the card and appears to travel through the Alberta-shaped window.

(source: Alberta government)