Where driving is not an essential duty of a job

A driver's licence contains personal information about an individual which could lead to the classification of a job applicant according to a prohibited ground of discrimination, contrary to subsection 23(2) of the Code. Therefore, unless a driver's licence is required to enable a person to perform the essential duties of a job, it should not be requested in an application form or during an employment interview.

Example: A driver's licence contains information about a person's date of birth. Requesting a job applicant to provide a photocopy of his/her driver's licence would yield information about the applicant's age, which would be contrary to subsection 23(2) of the Code.

Similarly, information on a drivers licence could yield information about whether or not an applicant has a disability. This in turn could lead to the classification of applicants as members of a group identified by a prohibited ground of discrimination.