Renewing your licence
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When your licence is due for renewal, you will get a renewal application form in the mail. At this time, you will be provided with information about the requirements to renew your licence, which may include any combination of vision, written and road tests, in addition to submitting a medical report.
If any tests are required, you must complete the tests at a DriveTest Centre prior to renewal. If no tests are required, you must renew your licence in person at a ServiceOntario centre. Take the form into any ServiceOntario centre in the province. They are all equipped to take photographs. You will be asked to sign the form, show identification, pay a fee and have your photograph taken. You will get a temporary licence on the spot if your application and documents are in order, and your permanent one will be mailed to you. You must carry it with you whenever you drive and produce it when a police officer requests it.
If you do not get a renewal application form in the mail when your licence is due for renewal, call the Ministry of Transportation. You are responsible for making sure you have a valid driver’s licence.
If your licence has been suspended, cancelled or expired for more than three years, you will be required to re-apply for a licence in Ontario and meet all the requirements of graduated licensing, including passing all the required tests. Only then will you be eligible to re-apply for any commercial-class licences.
If you have any commercial vehicle driver’s licence other than a class D licence, you must pass a medical examination every one to five years, depending on your age. You will get a notice and a blank medical-report form in the mail three months before your medical report is due. You must go to a doctor and get a medical examination. The doctor completes the form. You must submit the form to the Ministry of Transportation, either by mail or in person. If you do not file a medical report, your class of licence will be downgraded.
- Drivers under the age of 46 are required to submit a medical report every five years.
- Drivers aged 46 to 64 are required to submit a medical report every three years.
- Drivers aged 65 or older are required to submit a medical report every year.
Changing your name or address
You must tell the Ministry of Transportation within six days of changing your name or address. You will need a new licence when you change your address. You can change your address on the ServiceOntario website, or at a ServiceOntario centre, or mail it to the Ministry of Transportation, P.O. Box 9200, Kingston, ON K7L 5K4. The ministry will send you a new licence.
When you get it, destroy your old licence and carry the new one.
If you change your name, you need a new licence. Take the documents you must show and your current licence to a ServiceOntario centre. A new photograph will be taken. You will get a temporary licence to use until your permanent licence is mailed to you. Carry it with you whenever you drive.
There is no charge for getting a new licence because you change your name or address.
The chart below shows the documents you will need to change your name on your driver’s licence.
|Reason for name change||Documentation required|
|Marriage||Government issued Marriage Certificate|
|Common Law Alliance||Change-of-name-Certificate|
|Adoption||Court Order for Adoption|
|Under the Change of Name Act||Change-of-name-Certificate|