Renew a driver's licence
How to renew a soon-to-expire or recently expired driver’s licence. You can renew a driver’s licence, online or at a ServiceOntario centre, as early as 180 days before it expires and up to 12 months after it expires.
An Ontario driver’s licence is valid for 5 years. You need to renew it every 5 years either online (if eligible) or at a ServiceOntario centre.
NEW: You can renew your driver’s licence online if:
- you don’t need a new photo
- you have a full licence (G,D,M class) that isn’t cancelled, suspended, or expired for more than 12 months
- you have a combination class of G1M, G2M, GM1, GM2, DM1 or DM2 (only the full portion will be renewed online)
- you haven’t updated your address within the last 90 days
- you don’t need tests (vision, written, or road)
- you’re not removing a vision condition
- you have no new medical conditions that may prevent you from driving
- you don’t have outstanding fines
To renew online, you need:
- your driver’s licence number
- the 7-digit trillium number found on your driver’s licence (e.g., *1234567*)
- your postal code
To renew a driver’s licence in person, you need:
- an original personal identification document showing your name, date of birth and signature
- your renewal notice
- your marriage certificate, if you are applying under your married name
The fees may vary if:
- you are over 76 years of age
- the expiry date on your driver’s licence is changing to match the expiry date on your health card
Online using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Interac® Online.
4 to 6 weeks
If you renew within 28 days of expiry up to 1 year after expiry: save and print your temporary driver’s licence at the end of your transaction. You must carry it with your photo driver’s licence when you drive.
If you renew more than 28 day before expiry: you will get a renewal confirmation at the end of your transaction. Print and save it as proof of renewal until your new driver’s licence arrives in the mail.
Notice: As of September 1, 2013, some fees have changed for driver and vehicle services. Learn more about which fees have changed and which fees will be changing.
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What you need to know
You will receive a renewal notice in the mail or a reminder by email 60 to 90 days before your driver’s licence is set to expire.
If you need a test (vision, written or road), or if you are over 80, you must visit a DriveTest centre. Your renewal notice will have the information on any additional documents you may require.
If you are over 80
You will have to renew your licence every 2 years. Your renewal notice will have information on:
- taking a vision test
- taking a written test
- attending a group renewal session
If you need a photo
As of May 2013, you only need to renew the photo on your driver's licence every 10 years. If you need a new photo, you need to visit a ServiceOntario centre to have one taken.
The picture on your photo I.D. must be:
- completely visible
- free of any obstructions
- a neutral expression
Headwear worn for religious or medical reasons can be worn, but must not cover any part of your face.
You may be asked to remove any head or face wear (e.g., eyeglasses) when taking a photo for government-issued identification.
Lost renewal notice
If you lose your renewal notice, it can be reprinted for you at a ServiceOntario centre.
If you sign up to get renewal reminders by email you can access your renewal notice online 6 months before expiry until 1 year after expiry to reprint.
Recently moved or need to change your address
If you moved recently, you need to update your address on record with the Ontario government. You can’t renew your driver’s licence online within 90 days of changing your address.
- replace a temporary driver’s licence: $20
- replace a lost, stolen or damaged driver’s licence: $20
- re-take your photo for your driver’s licence: $20
- reinstate your driver’s licence: $150
- add or remove an age identifier: $20