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Aug 26, 2020

How To Renew A Drivers Licence In Ontario

Ontario drivers license renewal

All drivers in Ontario are required to renew their drivers licence by the expiry date. It’s part of the drivers licencing process. It’s also something you can forget to do. So, make sure you renew well in advance. Is it time to renew your driver’s licence in Ontario? Not sure how or when you need to do it? We have you covered.

Here we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about renewing your Ontario drivers licence.

Learn about :

  • How to renew your driver’s licence
  • Drivers licence renewal costs
  • How to renew an expired licence
  • Information you need to renew your licence
  • Get answers to common questions about the Ontario drivers licence renewal process

Drivers Licence Renewal COVID-19 Extension Coming To An end

If you've been driving with an expired licence or sticker since the pandemic, the extension is coming to an end. You will now need to renew by February 28, 2022. Those who drive heavy commercial vehicles, including International Registration Plan (IRP) cab cards, must be renewed by December 31, 2021.

During the pandemic, the provincial government suggested that residents with expired identification cards did not have to renew to help keep people away from visiting ServiceOntario. If you didn't renew during the extended period, you will need to pay the fees associated with the previous year.

You can easily renew online or book an appointment in advance for your nearest location. Learn more here.

What You Need To Know About The Service Ontario Driver’s Licence Renewal Process

Drivers license renewal

The renewal process is fairly straightforward. Here are some important things you need to know before your renew your licence :

  • You need to renew every 5 years
  • You cannot renew if you have outstanding fines or penalties
  • Not everyone can renew online
  • You need a new photo every 10 years
  • You have to renew in person if you’re licence expired or has been suspended or canceled for more than 12 months
  • You cannot renew a G1 or G2 online

Ontario Drivers Licence Renewal Online

Drivers can renew their drivers licence online. However, not everyone is eligible to renew online. To renew online you will need to complete the steps on the ServiceOntario website. You will need to enter your postal code and drivers licence number. You will also need to answer questions about if you need glasses or have medical conditions that may affect your ability to drive.

The process only takes a few minutes to complete.

What Is Temporary Drivers Licence Validation?

When you renew your licence online, you will receive a temporary drivers licence validation document. You will get this if your licence was already expired. You will also get it if your licence is within 28 days of your expiry date. Keep this with your old licence until you receive your new one in the mail.

How Much Is The Ontario Drivers Licence Renewal Fee?

An Ontario driver’s licence renewal costs $90 for a 5 year licence. You can pay using Visa, Mastercard and Interac.

Can I Renew An Expired Drivers Licence In Ontario?

Yes. You can renew an expired driver’s licence as long as you don’t have any outstanding fines or penalties. You can renew it anytime online up to a year after expiry.

What Do You Need To Renew Your Drivers Licence?

If you need to visit a ServiceOntario centre in person, you will need to bring your current licence. You will also need a personal identification document. It needs to verify your name, date of birth and signature.

Can I Renew My Drivers Licence Early?

You can renew your driver’s licence once you receive your renewal notice in the mail or via email. You will typically get the notification 2 to 3 months prior to your expiry. You can renew at this time.

What Happens If I Don’t Renew My Drivers Licence?

If you don’t renew your drivers licence by the expiry date, it will expire. You are not legally permitted to drive with an expired licence in Ontario. You could face a fine from $200 to $1000. You can still renew your driver’s licence after it expires. If you wait more than one year, you may need to take a vision test. Additional testing may be required if you wait an extended period of time (3+ years) to renew.

Ontario Drivers Licence Renewal FAQs

Have more questions about the drivers licence renewal process? Here are some common questions and answers :

Yes. Your driver’s licence expires on your birthday, not at the end of the month.

You can renew an expired drivers licence online up to a year after the expiration date. After one year, you will need to visit a ServiceOntario location to renew. You cannot drive if is expired.

Yes. It’s possible for another person to renew your driver’s licence for you online. They will need access to your driver’s licence and other required documentation. Another person cannot renew your driver’s licence for you in person at a ServiceOntario location.

Drivers are required to renew their drivers licence every five years. You will need to take a new drivers licence photo every 10 years. The expiry date is on the front of your licence.

You can replace your lost drivers licence at ServiceOntario. You will need to bring proof of identification and pay a $35.75 fee. You can then renew your driver’s licence follow the normal process.

You can renew your driver’s licence at any ServiceOntario location in the province. Find the nearest location here.

ServiceOntario will send out a renewal notification about two to three months in advance of your expiry date. You can renew it any time after you receive the notice.

Yes. You are required to pay a $90 fee to renew your drivers licence.

Renewing your licence is a quick and easy process. It only takes a few minutes to renew online. How long it takes to renew in person depends on the number of people at the ServiceOntario location when you visit.

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