Renew a driver’s licence: outside Ontario
If your driver’s licence expires while you are visiting, working or travelling outside of Ontario, you can request a temporary driver’s licence to be sent to you.
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Renew a driver's licence
You can renew a driver’s licence up to 180 days before the expiry date in-person or 90 days before the expiry date online.
Renew your driver’s licence online (up to 90 days before expiry)
Find a ServiceOntario centre (up to 180 days before expiry)
Recently expired licence
If you are out of the province when your licence expires, you may be sent a temporary driver’s licence valid for up to 6 months so you can continue to drive while you are away as long as your driver’s licence has not been expired for over one year and it is not cancelled or suspended.
Submit a request online
Submit a request by mail or fax
Mail a signed letter, including:
- your driver’s licence number or name and date of birth
- the length of time and reason for your absence
- an out-of-province mailing address
- telephone number and/or email address
- a copy of your driver’s licence photo card
Mail this information to:
Ministry of Transportation
Information Services Office
Special Enquiry Unit
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Toronto, ON M3M 0B4
Note: If you have a classified licence (A, B, C, D, E and F or Z endorsement) and require testing or your classified licence will be expiring while you are out of the province, you should contact ServiceOntario at
Novice licences: If you have a novice licence (G1, G2, or M2) and your driver’s licence has expired you are unable to get a temporary driver’s licence mailed to you. You will have to visit a DriveTest Centre to reapply when you return.
Not returning to Ontario within 6 months
Over 80 and need to renew
You need to renew your driver’s licence every 2 years with a:
- vision test
- written test and
- take part in a group education session
The session cannot be done outside Ontario.
If you cannot attend a renewal session before your licence expires, you could get a one-time temporary driver’s licence.
You can only get this permit once you have booked a renewal session.
Book a renewal session
Moving outside Ontario
Check with local officials to see what documentation you need, before you drive in another province, state or country.
The rules depend on where you move to and can differ depending on if you plan to visit temporarily or move permanently.
You may need to exchange your Ontario driver’s licence for one issued in the jurisdiction you move to.
If you need more information please call us Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at: