WHAT’S NEW WITH BYID?
In our ongoing effort to make the BYID Card a secure form of photo ID, all
newly issued BYID Cards will carry a coded magnetic stripe (magstripe)
beginning May 23, 2009. 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.
Below, is a Q & A that should answer any questions you may have about the
new BYID Card.
Why was a coded magnetic stripe (magstripe) added to the BYID
- The magstripe has been added to the BYID Card as a way of
confirming that the card is valid and was issued by the LCBO. This will
reduce the possibility of counterfeit cards and it is the latest in an
ongoing series of enhancements to the BYID Card.
Is there any personal information coded on the magstripe?
The magstripe does not contain any personal information or any
information about the cardholder.
Is any of the
information on the magstripe recorded anywhere?
the sole function of the magstripe is to verify the authenticity of
the BYID Card. This verification process was not designed to collect
or store any type of information.
Why are some
BYID Cards swiped and not others?
- As this is a
transition stage, not all BYID Cards contain a magstripe. Older
versions of the BYID Card are being phased out by May 23, 2011.
Are all other versions of the BYID cards still valid?
For the next 24 months (until May 23, 2011) all cards remain valid.
This transition period will give previous card holders who will
still be (or may still look) under 25 in 2011 ample time to obtain
the updated BYID Card. After May 23, 2011 older versions of the
BYID Card (without the magstripe) will not be valid.
Why are you charging a fee to update the cards?
nominal fee of $5.00 is being charged to offset the cost of
processing applications, and producing and mailing the new card.
Will the new BYID cards be accepted at other beverage alcohol retailers
and licensed establishments?
Yes, the new BYID cards will be accepted as prescribed proof-of-age
in the same manner as the old cards.