New driver's licences, photo IDs launched in New Brunswick

The province has launched new driver’s licences and photo identification cards.

Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says it's essential that identification documents are modernized to protect against data manipulation and forgery.

Some of the new security features include a polycarbonate body for durability and tamper-resistance, a unique number and barcode, as well as laser engraved photo and personal data.

Landry says government partnered with the with the other Atlantic provinces to develop the new cards.

Anyone who already has a licence or photo ID doesn't have to obtain the new card until their current one is due for renewal.

The province says there's a new process for obtaining and renewing the cards, due to the enhanced technology used to develop them, which entails a temporary 30-day document and the new card being mailed within 14 days.

The rollout will take effect in late November at Service New Brunswick locations in Dalhousie, Bathurst, Perth-Andover, Burton, Dieppe, Hampton, and Grand Manan, and then the rest of the province in December.