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Wrong signature on drivers license - big deal or not?

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Jul 27, 2020
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Wrong signature on drivers license - big deal or not?

After waiting 4 weeks got the renewed drivers license only to notice that that signature is wrong. Also wrong on health card.
Have a upcoming mortgage renewal in couple of weeks, lots of papers to sign. And other banking dealings where they check ID at the counter.
Is signature on DL a big deal ?

Option 1: Go back to ServiceOntario and request an expedite change or some form of proof of correct signature. Most likely they will re-do it and then again 4-5 weeks of wait to get it.
Option 2: Let the banker/lender know beforehand that the signature is wrongdoing of ServiceOntario and its being corrected - will take 4-5 weeks. Create unnecessary complications ?
Option 3: Don't do anything. If and when asked let them know the reason.
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2020rocks wrote: After waiting 4 weeks got the renewed drivers license only to notice that that signature is wrong. Also wrong on health card.
Have a upcoming mortgage renewal in couple of weeks, lots of papers to sign. And other banking dealings where they check ID at the counter.
Is signature on DL a big deal ?

Option 1: Go back to ServiceOntario and request an expedite change or some form of proof of correct signature. Most likely they will re-do it and then again 4-5 weeks of wait to get it.
Option 2: Let the banker/lender know beforehand that the signature is wrongdoing of ServiceOntario and its being corrected - will take 4-5 weeks. Create unnecessary complications ?
Option 3: Don't do anything. If and when asked let them know the reason.
I'd go back to service Ontario - they'll probably issue you a temporary paper license, and tell you to use it with your old card - presumably you still have it?
Option 2 and 3 are risky and might cause issues for you.
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I've never been asked for my DL to verify my signature and I'm an old goat ;). I highly doubt anyone will ask so there's no urgency to correct but I would go back to Service Ontario and ask to speak to a manager because if you have someone's signature, they likely have yours.
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Jul 27, 2020
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West GTA
correct, looks like the signature sticker was swapped in error..so someone did end up getting my signature on their ID for sure.
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2020rocks wrote: After waiting 4 weeks got the renewed drivers license only to notice that that signature is wrong. Also wrong on health card.
Have a upcoming mortgage renewal in couple of weeks, lots of papers to sign. And other banking dealings where they check ID at the counter.
Is signature on DL a big deal ?

Option 1: Go back to ServiceOntario and request an expedite change or some form of proof of correct signature. Most likely they will re-do it and then again 4-5 weeks of wait to get it.
Option 2: Let the banker/lender know beforehand that the signature is wrongdoing of ServiceOntario and its being corrected - will take 4-5 weeks. Create unnecessary complications ?
Option 3: Don't do anything. If and when asked let them know the reason.
Get it fixed asap. You could go weeks, months, or years and nobody notices until there’s that one time when it bites you in the ass! You could be suspected of fraud when someone at the bank checks it and things don’t match.
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@CanadianLurker yes will go sooner than later... They open from 9-4 ....tough timings with full time work.
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2020rocks wrote: @CanadianLurker yes will go sooner than later... They open from 9-4 ....tough timings with full time work.
Shop around. A lot of them are open to 5:00, some to 5:30, and some are open to 6:00.
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What do you mean by "wrong", whose signature is it then? Just some random unknown person? You sure they didn't just mirror image or flip yours by accident or something ?
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ES_Revenge wrote: What do you mean by "wrong", whose signature is it then? Just some random unknown person? You sure they didn't just mirror image or flip yours by accident or something ?
no mirror image.
100% others.It's scribble like the last POTUS , mine is simple and legible .

I remember they take a photo and sign on a sticker. Not sure how it's processed in the backOffice, I guess the sticker is manually transferred to a template/machine.
A swap or shuffle, both my DL and Healthcard came with someone else's signature.

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