Renew an expired driver’s licence

How to renew an expired or invalid driver’s licence in Ontario.

The law

It’s illegal to drive with an expired, cancelled or suspended driver’s licence. 

Regular renewal/photo update

In Ontario, you need to renew a new driver’s licence card every five years.  Usually you will get a renewal notice in the mail or by email about 2 or 3 months before your licence expires. 

This notice will also let you know if you need a new photo taken. 

How-to: renew a valid driver’s licence

If you are over 80 years old

After you turn 80 years old, you need to renew your driver’s licence every 2 years, instead of 5.  You will get a notice to let you know that you need to:

  • book an appointment
  • attend a renewal session
  • take a vision test and written test at the renewal session

You might also have to take a road test, before you renew.

How-to: renew over 80 years old

If your G1 or G2 licence is expired

You cannot renew a novice class – or learner’s – licence (G1, G2, M1, M2, M2 with condition L) once it expires. You need to re-apply as a new driver.

G1/M1/M1-L licence set to expire

If you’ve passed the level-one road test in the 12 months before your licence will expire, you can pay a $75 fee and get a G2 licence (or an M2/M2-L licence for motorcycle riders). This licence will be valid for 5 years.

You need to pay this fee before your G1 licence (or M1/M1-L licence) expires. If you don’t, you need to re-apply as a new driver and start all over. 

Novice licence expired less than 3 years

Licence type: G1, G2, M1, M2, M2-L

Status: expired, cancelled or suspended for up to 3 years

Process: when you reapply for a new licence, you do not have to serve the mandatory waiting periods.  You can book your first road test as soon as you pass your eye test.  You can book your G2 road test, as soon as you pass your G1 road test.

Expired or cancelled full licence

If your driver’s licence is expired or cancelled, the process to renew depends on how long the licence has been invalid.

Invalid: 12 months or less

You do not need to re-take any tests to renew.    

Invalid: 1-3 years

You will need to take an eye test, before you can renew. 

Invalid: 3-10 years

To renew, you will need to take:

  • a written knowledge test
  • an eye test
  • two road tests (G1 and G2)
    • you can book your first road test as soon as you pass your knowledge and eye tests
    • you can book your G2 road test, as soon as you pass your G1 road test

Invalid: 10+ years

You need to re-apply as a brand new driver and re-take all required tests.  You cannot fast-track and need to serve all mandatory waiting periods.

How to renew

You cannot renew online.  You need to renew a driver’s licence in person. 

To renew and take any required tests:

  • visit a DriveTest centre or ServiceOntario at College Park in Toronto
  • bring original identification that shows your legal name, date of birth and your signature
  • pay a $80 fee (plus any additional test fees that apply)

You will get a temporary driver’s permit. Your new licence card will arrive in the mail.

Visit ServiceOntario: Toronto (College Park)

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List: accepted identity documents

How-to: renew a driver’s licence by mail

Updated: August 12, 2014