Prince Edward Island has moved to a system of having driver’s licenses produced by an off-Island company (historically they were produced in-house at the Access PEI site, while you waited).
The change has resulted in a bizarre new effect that the clerk at Access PEI referred to as “everybody looks like they have a beard.”
Here’s my last driver’s license photo, on the license that expires next week:
Here’s my new driver’s license photo, on the license that arrived by mail last week:
Not only does the new photo indeed make me look like I have a beard, but it also makes me look pale and, dare I say, cadaverous.
Which, according to Access PEI, is perfect acceptable.
In an Orwellian move earlier this year, the government, under the aegis of its “Climate Action Plan,” made driver’s licenses free for Islanders. I have been unable to square how making it more affordable to drive relates to climate change action.