Tips for renewing a Driver’s licence

Once a person turns 80, they need to renew their driver’s licence every two years. According to the Ministry of Transportation website there are usually several steps a person has to take to renew, including a senior driver education session.

In June the Ministry of Transportation announced that senior driver group education sessions have been suspended until further notice.  This is a precautionary measure due to COVID-19.  Driver’s Licence expiration dates and temporary drivers’ licences are extended for senior drivers who had a valid licence on March 1, 2020.  I checked as of this week and MOT says this extension will be in place “until further notice”.

In normal, non-pandemic times, starting with your 80th birthday, you will get two things in the mail, a renewal form and a letter that will let you know what to do to renew.  This letter and form usually arrive about 90 days before your licence expires.

Once you get your form and letter in the mail, you will need to attend a renewal session. To book the appointment, you will need to call 1-800-396-4233 (toll free) and give your driver’s licence number. Remember that for the pandemic these renewal sessions are on hold.

MOT then gives people the date, time and location of your renewal session. Total time commitment at the renewal session is about 90 minutes.  Bring these things to the session: your driver’s licence (or temporary driver’s licence); the licence renewal form you got in the mail; the eye glasses you use for driving; hearing aids, if you need them; a bottle of water (some locations will not have water available); snacks, if you need them (e.g., are diabetic or know you will need a snack).

A renewal session includes: a vision test; a 45-minute interactive group education session about new traffic laws, how aging affects driving, tips for older drivers and road signs; an in-class screening exercise; and a driving record review.

For lots of information on this topic go to www.ontario.ca

Big Box of Cards Fundraiser for Community Care

Community Care helps people get connected and stay connected.  One way we do this is with our most recent fundraising effort.  We’re selling a unique box of 33 handcrafted cards that come in an attractive keepsake box.  Each box is over a $100 value and the charge is only $35.00/box. Order a box of 33 birthday cards, or a box of 33 all occasion cards.  These make great gifts for seniors (and others) or you can buy for yourself to keep in touch with friends and family.  The Big Box of Cards can be purchased by going to our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org  Orders can also be placed by calling Community Care at 613-476-7493.  All purchases must be paid for in advance.  Online ordering is open until November 22.  Order on the phone until Friday, November 20.  Curbside pick up in Picton on Friday, November 27th.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes