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An Ontario driver’s licence is valid for 5 years. You must renew it every 5 years either online or at a ServiceOntario centre.
What you need to know before you renew
Online renewal eligibility
You can renew online if you:
- have a full licence (G, M or GM class) that isn’t cancelled or suspended
- have a combination class of G1M, G2M, GM1, or GM2 (only the full portion will be renewed online)
- haven’t updated your address within the last 90 days
- don’t need tests (vision, written, or road)
- are not removing a vision condition
- have no new medical conditions that may prevent you from driving
- don’t have outstanding fines or penalties
To renew online, you need:
- your driver’s licence number
- the 7-digit trillium number found on the back of your driver’s licence
- your postal code
- your health card (if you are renewing it)
Renew your driver's licence and health card
You may be able to renew both your driver’s licence and Ontario photo health card if they expire at the same time and you don't need a photo.
Renew your driver’s licence
If you’re not eligible to renew online, visit a ServiceOntario centre. You may be able to book an appointment ahead of your visit.
Sign up for renewal reminders
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Cost and delivery
The fee is $90 for a 5-year licence.
The fees may vary if:
- the renewal period is not for a full 5 years, for example the expiry date on your driver’s licence is changing to match the expiry date on your health card
- you are over 76 years of age
You can pay by:
Your new driver’s licence card will arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks.
Temporary driver's licence validation
When you renew online you will receive a temporary driver’s licence validation document if:
- your driver’s licence has already expired
- you renew online within 28 days of your current driver’s licence expiry date
Visit a ServiceOntario centre if:
- you are unable to download and print your temporary document
- you lose or need to replace your temporary document
- your new driver’s licence has not arrived and your temporary validation document is about to expire
If you recently moved
If you recently moved, you need to update your address with the Ontario government. You cannot renew your driver’s licence online within 90 days of changing your address. Instead, you must either:
- visit a ServiceOntario centre to update both your address, and driver’s licence
- update your address online and visit a ServiceOntario centre to renew your driver’s licence in-person
Update your driver’s licence photo
You may need to take a new driver’s licence photo every 10 years.
You can also have your photo retaken, at any time, for $35.75.
Headwear worn for religious or medical reasons can be worn, but must not cover any part of your face. You may be asked to remove any head or face wear (for example, eyeglasses) when taking a photo for government-issued identification.
If you need a new photo, visit a ServiceOntario centre. Please bring:
- your current driver’s licence
- a personal identification document (verifying your name, date of birth and signature)
Signatures with "add-on statements" or illustrations will not be accepted. If your signature has not been accepted, you will need to correct your signature before you can receive your new driver’s licence.
The following types of statements are considered ‘add-ons’ and are not accepted:
- “I hereby certify…”
- “Without prejudice…”
- “All rights reserved per…”
- “Freeman on the Land”
- “Sovereign Citizens”
The following examples of illustrations are not accepted:
A new driver’s licence will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks.
Change from M to F or F to M
To change the sex designation on your driver’s licence from male (M) to female (F) or female (F) to male (M), go to a ServiceOntario centre near you and bring either:
- an original, valid birth certificate (this includes birth certificate with parental information)
- a certified copy of birth registration.
If you don’t have a birth certificate or certified copy of birth registration, you can order one online.
Learn more about what you need to change your sex designation.
Change to X
To change the sex designation on your driver’s licence to an X (gender neutral), visit a ServiceOntario centre. You do not have to bring any supporting documents.