The Supreme Court of Canada has told Hutterites to smile for the camera.

Canada's highest court has ruled that members of a small Hutterite community in Alberta must have their photos taken if they want to have a driver's licences.

Alberta introduced new rules in 2003 that made a driver's licence photo mandatory as part of a face-recognition security measure to crack down on identity theft.

The Hutterites had traditionally been allowed to carry special licences.

Canada's top court ruled 4-3 Friday to uphold provincial rules that make a digital photo mandatory for all new licences.

The Hutterite Brethren is a Christian sect that believes being photographed violates their faith.