How do I renew my health card?

To renew your health card you will need:

  • your health card
  • your renewal notice - this notice is sent to you by mail 2 to 3 months before your health card expires
  • proof of your Canadian citizenship, Ontario residency and personal identity - check the Ontario Health Coverage Document List for acceptable documents
  • the health card renewal form that is printed on the back of your renewal notice - if you have lost your renewal notice, you can print another copy of the form

If your health card is expired you may be asked for additional documents, for example :

  • if your name has changed you will need to provide a marriage certificate or a change of name certificate
  • if your citizenship or immigration status has changed you will need to present an original citizenship or immigration document
  • children older than 15½ years of age must renew in person to have their photo taken and to provide their signature. They will also need to bring original identification documents as per the Ontario Health Coverage Document List
  • if your health card has been expired for any length of time, you may be asked to provide additional proof of residency documents

Your photo health card has an expiry date that is linked to your date of birth. The first time you apply for a photo health card, the expiry date can be anywhere from 2 to 7 years in the future. When your photo health card is renewed, the renewal date will always be 5 years in the future and linked to your date of birth.

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Updated: March 16, 2015