A voluntary proof of identity card will be available to all West Australians next year.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said this morning that the photo card would hold the same level of integrity as a driver's licence and would be recognised by the Department of Transport as a primary form of photographic identification.
Mr Buswell said the voluntary proof of identity card would help people who did not hold a driver's licence or passport.
He said the card would replace the current Proof of Age card and would be available to people over 16 years.
It will hold a number of security features including a "unique identification number to prevent fraud and identity crime".
"Driver's licences and passports are two of the primary photographic documents used to verify a person's identity and if you don't own one of these, your options for photographic identification are limited," Mr Buswell said.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the card was vital for seniors, who no longer needed a driver's licence or passport, or had never driven, to provide identification details.
"Older community members often tell us about having difficulty accessing goods and services in the community due to stringent rules about proving their identity," Mr Simpson said.
WA Photo Card holders would have the option of including their address.
The card will be available from the Department of Transport's Driver and Vehicle Services Centres for $35.20. The fee was set on a cost recovery basis, including photographs taken at the centres. WA Photo Cards will be valid for five years.Mr Buswell said the WA Photo Card Bill was expected to be introduced into State Parliament later this year and the card would be available to the public in early 2014.