How To Renew Your Ontario Drivers Licence

Ontario residents are required to renew their driving licence every five years. This can be a tedious process, but if you already know what you need beforehand, it can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to renew your Ontario driving licence. Read below to find out the basic steps, as well as more information regarding renewing your Ontario driver's licence.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible we will prepare your Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, forms and/or provide links to Ministry of Transportation, or MTO, Online services. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: Take Time to Decide How You Want to Renew

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the ServiceOntario Centre of MTO closest to them, or applying via available online services. Service online is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local ServiceOntario Centre or MTO.

3: Via a local MTO, or ServiceOntario Centre

If you prefer to access Ontario driver's licence services in-person, or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver licence services can be handled at a physical Ministry of Transportation, or ServiceOntario Centre. Varying Ministry of Transportations or ServiceOntario Centres will sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the location closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local office allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.

Renewing Your Ontario Driver's Licences

Renewing your licence in Ontario is a fairly simple process. There is one caveat to renewing your Ontario driver's licence that changes after you reach 80 years of age. Once you are 80 years old, you must renew your driving licence every two years. There are some specifications for those who are 80 years of age or older to maintain having their driving licence.

For Ontario residents that have their regular G licence, the typical renewal period is every five years during your birth month. It is a best practice to start the renewal process at least four weeks before it expires. If you wait longer than that, you will need to come in-person to an MTO office and receive a temporary licence until yours is mailed to your home.

Renewing Your Driving Licence after 80 years of Age

There are special stipulations to renewing your licence after you are 80 years of age. The first and most major difference is the requirement to renew your licence every two years, as opposed to every five. However, this is not the only change. Overall, there are four major steps to renewing your Ontario driving licence when you are over the age of 80:

  1. Receive a Notice  About 90 days before your 80th birthday, you should receive a renewal form, and a letter that will advise you on your next steps to renew your licence.
  2. Set up an Appointment for a Renewal Session Drivers in Ontario that are 80 years of age or older will need to attend a renewal session to make sure they are current and confident with the rules of the road. You can call 1-800-396-4233, which is a toll-free number, or use (416)-235-3579 if you live in Toronto. You will need to provide the following information to set up an appointment:
    • a. Have your driver's licence number ready
    • b. Make the office aware of any language barriers
    • c. The written test is available in 17 different languages. Let the office know what language you would like to take it in.
  3. Attend Your Renewal Session Appointment The session should take about three hours and will cover:
    • a. A vision exam
    • b. A 90-minute group session that is interactive and dedicated to educating everyone about new traffic laws and other new information related to the rules of the road.(this session is available in English and French)
    • c. Take a multiple-choice test based on traffic signs and rules of the road
    • During your renewal session, it is necessary to bring the following items:
      • Current driving licence
      • Renewal form that you received in the mail
      • Any eye glasses you require for driving
      • Any hearing aids, if necessary

    Following the session, you might need to take a road test. This will be decided based on your score on the written test, and your ability to interact with other during the group session. If you fail the written test, or seem confused during the group session, it is likely you will be required to take a basic road test. No highway driving will be required.

  4. Retrieve Your New Driving Licence After you have completed all the necessary steps, it is important to visit your local ServiceOntario Centre. You will need to bring the following documents to receive your new Ontario driving licence:
    • a. The results of your written test
    • b. Your current driver's licence or another form of ID with a photo, your date of birth, legal name and signature
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