The GNWT phones, websites and email will not be accessible starting Saturday, May 15 at 10:30pm through Sunday, May 16 at 7:00am. 9-1-1, 811, and phones for Stanton Territorial Hospital and Inuvik Hospital will continue to work.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Redesigned Driver’s Licence and General Identification Cards

Note: Cards with the old design remain valid until their expiry date (or extended expiry date due to COVID-19). Residents have the option to upgrade to the new cards for a fee of $31.


Our driver's licence and general identification cards feature elements and colours from the GNWT’s Visual Identity Program that convey the North’s energy: sun, wind, water, aurora borealis, natural resources and the spirit of our rich and diverse cultures.

Several official NWT symbols were incorporated: 

  • The Diamond, the official territorial gemstone and representing the first diamond mine in Canada
  • The Arctic Grayling, the official fish of the NWT
  • The Mountain Aven, the official floral emblem of the NWT
  • The Fox (general identification card only), an official part of the territorial shield and flag

Other recognizable NWT elements were also included:

  • The Midnight Sun to highlight our unique summer nights and our common reference of being “the land of the midnight sun”
  • Fireweed, because it grows across the North

Security Features

Front of Card 

  • Fine Line Background Printing: the card background is printed with extremely fine lines that protect data and are difficult to replicate 
  • Tactile Data Fields: some data fields, such as date of birth, date of expiry and others are prominently raised and can be felt by touch on the front of the card
  • Clear Windows: there are three windows in the shape of a large diamond, a smaller diamond and a midnight sun
  • Secondary Photo Image in Window: the large diamond window contains a small photo that is visible on both sides of the card and matches the primary photo on the front of the card
  • Arctic Grayling Feature: a seamless transition of the arctic grayling from the front of the card into the clear window with the tail continuing onto the back of the card 
  • Invisible Printing: a design is printed across the entire front of the card using invisible inks. Ultraviolet (UV) light reveals an intricate, multi-colour design 

Back of Card 

  • Barcode: the large barcode on the back of the card contains the personal information printed on the front of the card 
  • Front-to-Back Registered Engraving: the tail of the arctic grayling engraved on the front extends continuously and seamlessly from the clear window onto the back of the card

Facial Recognition

The GNWT has also introduced new facial recognition technology.

Images taken at DMV offices for driver’s licences and general identification cards will be enrolled into the facial recognition system. The GNWT plans to implement facial recognition in all NWT DMV offices by February 2021.

With the implementation of facial recognition technology, residents will have greater protection from identity theft as the technology will prevent people from getting several licences or ID cards in multiple jurisdictions.