Province to reinstate renewal requirements

The Ontario government announced on September 1, 2021 that it is reinstating renewal requirements for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other products that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but were extended to provide immediate relief to Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those needing to renew their provincial documents are encouraged to use ServiceOntario’s convenient and easy-to-use online option. To ensure everyone has enough time to renew, Ontario has extended the renewal deadlines for most driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards and health cards until February 28, 2022. To make it easier for people to renew their driver’s licences online, Ontario has temporarily waived requirements for people to renew their driver’s licences in person, including those for senior drivers.

Eligible drivers can renew their driver’s licence online at www.ServiceOntario.ca , including those aged 80 and over. On June 9th the Ontario government announced that in-vehicle passenger road tests would resume on Monday, June 14, 2021, at DriveTest centres across the province.

To address the backlog of road tests resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, road testing capacity was increased. In-vehicle passenger road testing has resumed with safety protocols in place at all DriveTest centres across Ontario. To address the backlog of passenger road tests, Ontario boosted road testing capacity provincewide by hiring 167 additional temporary driver examiners, increasing support staff, expanding road testing hours, and introducing Saturday and Sunday road tests at locations where the demand is highest.To book your road test, visit www.DriveTest.ca . DriveTest.ca is the only official channel for booking a road test. Road tests will be available by appointment only. If you already have a road test appointment booked, it will be honoured. If you need to book a road test, visit www.DriveTest.ca .

To protect the health and safety of DriveTest customers and staff, customers will be required to wear face masks inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands, complete the Patron/customer screening developed by the province and share their “passed” results prior to road test or admittance to the centre. Applicants may be required to provide a contact phone number should contact tracing be required.

Applicants are required to keep vehicle windows open to ensure airflow.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes