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Overview

A driver record, also called an abstract, is a government-issued document with information about a driver and their driver’s licence.

You may need a driver record:

  • to apply for a job
  • as an employer considering candidates
  • for vehicle insurance, for example when you apply
  • to apply for a driver’s licence in another province, territory or country
  • to confirm a driver's address in court

Before you order

Choose the appropriate record before you order.

Records may be uncertified or certified. Uncertified records meet most people’s needs. A certified record has an embossed seal from the Ministry of Transportation and is typically required for legal reasons only.

You can choose to order:

  • online
  • in person
  • by fax
  • by mail

Payment and delivery options vary and depend on how you choose to order.

Driver identification details

Both types of records include:

  • name (as it appears on the driver’s licence)
  • driver’s licence number
  • date of birth
  • sex
  • height
  • licence class, for example G or M
  • expiry date
  • status, for example, licensed, unlicensed, suspended
  • earliest licence date available
  • conditions and endorsements, for example, requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, ability to drive a vehicle with air-brakes

The 3-year driver record

Includes:

  • driver identification details
  • demerit point total
  • active fine suspensions, Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada convictions, suspensions and reinstatements for the past 3 years

Does not include:

  • driver’s address
  • Ontario beginner driver education course completion
  • expired medical suspensions

The driver’s licence history

Includes:

  • driver identification details
  • Ontario beginner driver education course completion
  • all licence replacements, renewals and class changes, for example G2 to G
  • past and current residential addresses when you order online or by fax or mail

Does not include:

  • demerit point total
  • conviction and suspension information
  • past and current residential addresses when you order in-person for immediate delivery

Cost

  • an uncertified record for $12 (most common)
  • a certified record for $18

Order a 3-year driver record

The 3-year driver record is the most popular type of record commonly used for employment reasons. Uncertified records meet most people’s needs.

If you order an uncertified record online, you will get it immediately.

Online

Notice: Service Interruption
Due to scheduled maintenance this online service will be temporarily unavailable Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 17 7:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Order an uncertified 3-year driver record

Be ready to:

  • enter your driver’s licence number or RIN (registrant identification number)
  • enter the driver’s licence number for the record you want
  • pay with a valid Visa, Mastercard or Interac® Online
  • print or save the record immediately

We do not validate the driver’s licence number for records ordered online. Make sure you enter a valid driver’s licence number. You will be charged even if no record is found.

This service is not intended for multiple bulk orders. If you are purchasing bulk orders, for example 100 or more records per order, contact the Ministry of Transportation’s Authorized Requester Program at ARIS@ontario.ca.

If you need to order a certified 3-year record online, visit the Ministry of Transportation website and follow the instructions. Your order will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post.

In person

  • go to a ServiceOntario location near you
  • be ready to pay with:
    • cash
    • debit
    • Visa or Mastercard credit cards
    • certified cheque or money order in CAD funds payable to the Minister of Finance

Delivery

  • you will get the uncertified record immediately
  • your order for a certified record with an embossed seal will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post

By mail or fax

  • download the Record search application form
  • complete and print the fillable form
  • send the form by fax to 416-235-4009 or by mail to:


    Ministry of Transportation
    Information Services Office
    Information and Data Retrieval Unit
    87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
    Room 158-D
    Toronto Ontario
    M3M 0B4

When you order by fax or mail, you can pay with:

  • Visa or Mastercard credit cards
  • personal cheque or money order in CAD funds payable to the Minister of Finance (by mail only)

Delivery

  • your order for an uncertified or certified record (with an embossed seal) will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post

Order a driver’s licence history

The driver’s licence history is a type of driver record commonly used for vehicle insurance. Uncertified records meet most people’s needs.

If you need the licence history immediately, visit a ServiceOntario centre.

Online

Order:

Be ready to:

  • enter your driver’s licence number, name, address and date of birth
  • enter the reason for your request
  • pay with a valid Visa or Mastercard

Update your address before you order. If you enter an address that does not match our files, your order will be cancelled.

To send an uncertified or certified record by mail to an out-of-province address, you must order by mail or fax.

Delivery

  • your order for an uncertified or certified record (with an embossed seal) will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post
  • no digital versions will be provided

In person

  • go to a ServiceOntario location
  • be ready to pay with:
    • cash
    • debit
    • Visa or Mastercard credit cards
    • certified cheque or money order in CAD funds payable to the Minister of Finance

Delivery

  • you will get the uncertified record immediately (without address information)
  • your order for a certified record with an embossed seal will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post

By mail or fax

You can order a driver’s licence history and have it sent to an address that is different from what we have on file only when you order by fax or mail.

  • download the Record search application form
  • complete and print the fillable form
  • send the form by fax to 416-235-4009 or by mail to:


    Ministry of Transportation
    Information Services Office
    Information and Data Retrieval Unit
    87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
    Room 158-D
    Toronto Ontario
    M3M 0B4

When you order by fax or mail, you can pay with:

  • Visa or Mastercard credit cards
  • personal cheque or money order in CAD funds payable to the Minister of Finance (by mail only)

Delivery

  • your order for an uncertified or certified record (with an embossed seal) will be processed within 15 business days and then sent by regular mail via Canada Post

Your privacy

To protect a driver’s privacy, most records do not include a driver’s residential address.

Anyone can order a 3-year driver record if they provide a driver’s licence number. A driver’s licence history can only be ordered by the driver themselves or by a Canadian law enforcement agency.

Updated: October 15, 2021
Published: August 19, 2020