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Renew Every Two: Driver Licence Renewal for Seniors

Here’s why it’s crucial to renew your licence after 80

An elderly person with short blonde hair wearing glasses, small gold hoop earrings and a knitted white T-shirt sits in the driver’s seat of a car with their seatbelt fastened and two hands on the steering wheel. The interior of the vehicle is black and the person is turning their head to look at the back seat.

As of September 1, Ontarians over the age of 80 are once again required to attend the Driver Group Education Session every two years.

Here are a few steps to help you better understand the updated process.

Reminding motorists

If you’re an Ontario senior aged 80 and over with a licence in good standing, you should receive a mailed copy of your renewal application form approximately 90 days before its expiry.

But with recent changes, including the elimination of reminders by mail for licence plate renewals, it might be wise to put a note in your calendar.

You can also sign up to receive an email, text message or phone call 30 and 60 days before it’s time to renew on the ServiceOntario website.

How the process works

Fill out the application form and make a renewal session appointment by calling 1-800-396-4233 or 416-235-3579. A representative will ask for your licence number and identify any language barriers.

Before your assessment, you’ll need to watch a short video by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on safe driving.

It's always a good idea to keep up-to-date on the rules of the road by reviewing the MTO Drivers’ Handbook available at retailers such as Indigo. It’s also available for free on the Ministry’s website.

Assessment know-how

On the day of the evaluation, bring your existing driver’s licence, renewal application, along with any driving aids you need, such as eyeglasses and hearing devices.

The instructor will administer a vision test and a five-minute non-computerized screening exercise, all held in a quiet group setting.

Based on the results, drivers may be advised that they need to schedule a road test or provide additional medical information.

After the successful completion of the requirements, you’ll be all set to renew your driver’s licence either online or at a ServiceOntario location. Drive safe!

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For more information on senior licence renewals, visit the Ministry of Transportation.

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