Renew a G driver’s licence: 80 years and over
Once you turn 80, you need to renew your driver’s licence every 2 years. Here are the four main steps you will take to renew.
Upcoming program changes
As of April 21, 2014, we’re improving this process to make it better and less stressful for you.
How to renew (before April 21, 2014)
Step 1: get a notice
Starting with your 80th birthday, you will get two things in the mail:
- a renewal form
- a letter that will let you know what to do to renew
This letter and form will arrive about 90 days before your licence expires.
Step 2: book an appointment
Once you get your form and letter in the mail, you will need to attend a renewal session.
To book the appointment, you will need to:
- call 1-800-396-4233 (toll free) or 416-235-3579 (in Toronto)
- give your driver’s licence number
- tell us about any language barriers
- say what language you would like to take your written test in (it is available in 17 different languages)
You will get the date, time and location of your renewal session. Sessions are held at 200 locations across the province.
If you can’t attend that day, you can re-schedule your appointment once. If the next appointment is only available after your driver’s licence expires, you can get a temporary permit.
Step 3: attend a renewal session
Total time commitment required: about 3 hours
What to bring to a renewal session:
- your driver's licence (or temporary driver's licence)
- the licence renewal form you got in the mail
- the eye glasses you use for driving
- hearing aids, if you need them
- a bottle of water (some locations will not have water available)
- snacks, if you need them (e.g., are diabetic or know you will need a snack)
At a renewal session, you will:
- take an eye test
- join others in a 90-minute interactive group education session about new traffic laws, how aging affects driving, tips for older drivers and road signs
- take a multiple-choice test about rules of the road and traffic signs
- get your written test results in a sealed envelope
After the session: you might have to take a road test.
Step 4: get a new licence card
After you finish the session and take the required tests, you will need to visit a ServiceOntario centre to get a new driver’s licence card.
You will need to bring:
- your written test results
- original identification that shows your legal name, date of birth and signature
ServiceOntario will process your test results and renew your licence.
More information: renewal sessions
About the eye test
- a screen reader is used to test your vision
- please wear the eyeglasses you use for driving
- bring your most current glasses, if your prescription has been recently updated
If you have a certificate from an eye doctor: no eye test is needed at the session. You will need to bring a signed and dated certificate. The document must be signed/dated within six months of the session.
About the written test
- time allotted to finish the test: about 1 hour
- available in 17 different languages
- can be taken as a “spoken” test in English or French
- recommended study material: Ontario’s Driver’s Handbook – chapters 2 and 3
About the group education session
- instructor: a trained driving counsellor leads the session
- topics covered: driving tips for seniors, updates to traffic laws and rules
- format: a quiet classroom setting, available in English or French
- materials: senior driver education booklet covering tips and rules – available in advance online in 9 languages, plus English and French
- hearing impaired? you can bring a qualified sign-language interpreter with you. You must arrange for the interpreter but the government will cover reasonable costs