What you need to know before you renew

You may be eligible to renew online if your driver’s licence is expired or cancelled.

We are reinstating renewal requirements for driver, vehicle and carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020.  Most products will continue to remain valid until February 28, 2022. Novice licence holders (class G1, G2, M1 or M2) will have until December 31, 2022 to maintain or upgrade their licence. Please visit ontario.ca/RenewalDeadlines for more information on impacted products and deadlines.

As a result, licences that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, are currently eligible to be renewed online.

Also, licences expired less than 1 year as of March 1, 2020, are also currently eligible to be renewed online until February 28, 2022.

If your driver’s licence was expired or cancelled for more than 1 year prior to March 1, 2020, you cannot renew online. Instead you must:

In Ontario, you need to renew your driver’s licence card every 5 years. Usually, you will get a renewal notice in the mail or by email about 2 or 3 months before your licence expires. It is illegal to drive with an expired, cancelled or suspended driver’s licence.

Sign up to get emails, text messages or phone call reminders 60 and 30 days before it’s time to renew your licence plate sticker, driver’s licence or health card.

Tests you may have to take

If you have a full driver’s licence (class G or GM) that has been expired or cancelled for more than 1 year, you must pass some tests before you can renew. If your licence has been expired or cancelled for:

1-3 years

You must take a vision test for your eyes.

3-10 years

You must take:

  • a vision test for your eyes
  • a written knowledge test
  • two road tests (G1 and G2)

You can:

  • book your first road test as soon as you pass your written and eye tests
  • book your G2 road test, as soon as you pass your G1 road test

Note: If your licence has been expired for more than 10 years, you must re-apply as a new driver and cannot fast-track. You must serve all mandatory waiting periods.

If you don’t pass your vision test

You will get a form to take to your own eye doctor. You will need to take another test there.

Once it is completed, bring it back to the DriveTest centre to continue with the renewal process.

Cost and delivery

Cost

  • Driver’s licence renewal: $90
  • Vision test: $0.00

Visit DriveTest for information about written and road test fees.

Delivery

Your new driver’s licence will arrive by mail in 4-6 weeks.

Expired learners licence

Once your G1, G2, M1, M2 or M2 with L condition licence expires, you cannot renew it.

If you book a road test prior to your expiry date, you may be able to get an extension until your road test date.

Contact a DriveTest centre for more information.