Ontario Offers Online Driver’s Licence Renewal

Ontario is now allowing drivers to renew their licences online ­– the first province in Canada to do so.

Ontario drivers need to renew their licences every five years.  Now, eligible drivers who renew online at ServiceOntario.ca/Drivers Licence will be able to use their existing licence photos for an additional five-year renewal cycle, meaning they will only need to renew in person every ten years.

When drivers renew their licences online, they can also get licence plate stickers, driver abstracts and other driver and vehicle products in the same transaction.

Offering more online services is part of the Ontario government’s plan to help people in their everyday lives and make it easier for them to access important government services, when and where they need them.

Eligibility to renew online

Eligibility will be determined as the user goes through the online application. Drivers who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be advised to visit one of Ontario’s nearly 300 Service Ontario centres.

Drivers will be able to renew their driver’s licence online provided they:

•Are not required to take a new photo

•Hold an Ontario driver’s licence card that has a licence class type of G or D or M (including condition L) or any combination

•Have a driver’s licence card status that is not cancelled or suspended

•Have a driver’s licence card that is expiring within six months of the date of renewal or within 12 months past the date of renewal

•Are between the ages 16 and 79

•Have not changed their address within the last 90 days

•Do not have an enhanced driver’s licence or an Ontario Photo Card

•Are not required to take tests (vision and/or written and/or road)

•Have no outstanding fines or fees

•Are not removing any existing vision condition, such as corrective lenses, from their driving record

•Do not have any new medical conditions that prevent them from driving

•Are not required to change information that appears on their driver’s licence, such as their date of birth or name.