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BYID Cards are issued:

  • strictly to those between the ages of 19 and 35
  • to confirm the bearer has attained the age of 19 years
  • solely for the purpose of purchasing beverage alcohol in Ontario



In our ongoing effort to make the BYID Card a secure form of photo ID, all newly issued BYID Cards now carry a coded magnetic stripe (magstripe).

The magnetic stripe does not hold any personal information. The code contained is a unique LCBO verifier that cannot be traced back to the customer.

Validation of the new BYID Card via the magnetic stripe can only be done at LCBO stores. However, just like the earlier BYID cards, the new card is a prescribed form of proof-of-age identification under Ontario’s Liquor Licence Act. So card holders may use it when making purchases at other beverage alcohol retailers or licensed bars and restaurants.

For reasons to update your existing BYID Card, click here.

As of June 1, 2011, regulatory changes to Ontario’s Liquor Licence Act expanded the number of government issued-photo ID that are prescribed for proof of age purposes. There are now eight forms of prescribed ID: Ontario Driver’s Licence, LCBO’s BYID Card, Canadian Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card, Certificate of Indian Status Card, Permanent Resident Card and Ontario Photo Card.



For new customers wishing to
apply for a new BYID card:



For Existing customers wishing to
update their BYID card:



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