The Supreme Court of Canada will not let a group of Alberta Hutterites re-argue their case against photo driver’s licences.

The high court gives no reasons for refusing the appeal, but such a second chance is rarely granted.

The Hutterites went to court after the province required in 2003 that all licence holders be photographed for a provincial facial-recognition databank.

They said the requirement violated their religious beliefs and their rights under the charter.

The high court agreed that the requirement is an infringement, but said it’s a reasonable one and thus is allowed.

The religious group then sought permission to re-argue the case.

The province tried to accommodate the Hutterites, offering to leave the photo off the licence itself, while requiring a picture for the databank.