Ontario Announces Deadlines For Renewing Driver’s Licences, Health Cards and Licence Plate Stickers

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Ontario is reinstating renewal requirements for government ids and licences that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario extended renewal required for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other products.

The government today announced that those with expired licenses and photo cards must renew these soon, but has extended the renewal deadlines for most Ontario-issued ids and licenses until February 28, 2022.

“The majority of Ontarians have continued to renew their documents during the pandemic, despite unprecedented challenges,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “It’s critical that drivers and vehicle owners have up-to-date documents for work, access to services and travel, and to keep our roads safe. I strongly encourage those who have deferred their renewals – approximately 17 per cent of Ontarians – to plan ahead and renew their documents online.”

 

Deadlines for Renewing Ontario Health Card, Driver’s Licence and Vehicle Stickers:

Ontario Photo Card holders

  • Ontario Photo Card holders with photo cards with expiry dates between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must renew their cards by February 28, 2022.

Ontario Health Cards

  • People must ensure they hold a non-expired Ontario photo health card by February 28, 2022.

Accessible Parking Permit holders

  • All eligible accessible parking permits with expiry dates between March 17, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must be renewed before March 1, 2022.

Driver’s Licenses

  • Class G/M drivers with driver’s licences that would otherwise have expired between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must renew their driver’s licence or Enhanced Driver’s Licence (EDL) by February 28, 2022.
  • Novice drivers (class G1, G2, M1 or M2) with licences expiring between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2022, will have until December 31, 2022, to complete testing to maintain or upgrade their licence. Regular expiry dates for Class G1 and G2 novice driver’s licences will resume January 1, 2023. Novice drivers who enrolled in a Beginner Driver Education (BDE) course between March 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021, will have until December 31, 2022, to complete their course.
  • Commercial driver’s licences (class A, B, C, D, E and F) with expiry dates between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must be renewed by February 28, 2022.
  • Class B and E driver’s licence holders that completed their road test up to December 31, 2021, will have until June 30, 2022, to complete their School Bus Driver Improvement Course (SBDIC).
  • Heavy commercial vehicle owners will need to renew their vehicle validations by December 31, 2021.

Driving Instructor and Beginner Driver Education course providers

  • Individuals who applied for Driving Instructor certification between March 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021, will have until December 31, 2022, to complete all requirements.
  • Driving Instructor licences that expired after March 1, 2020, must be renewed by February 28, 2022.

Licence plate stickers

  • Licence plate stickers for heavy commercial vehicles (HCV), including International Registration Plan (IRP) cab cards, must be renewed by December 31, 2021.
  • Licence plate stickers for all other vehicles must be renewed by February 28, 2022.
    • People who have not renewed their products during the Extended Validity period will be required to pay the fee for previous years, in addition to the current year renewal fee.
  • Online validation receipts for licence plate stickers are still valid for 14 days.

Vehicle registration and safety inspections

  • Safety Standard Certificates that expired between March 1, 2020, and before September 1, 2021, will be valid until October 6, 2021.
  • Temporary registrations and special permits that expired March 1, 2020, to October 5, 2021, will be valid until October 6, 2021.
  • Vehicles owners who moved to Ontario after March 1, 2020, and before September 1, 2021, must register their vehicle in Ontario by October 6, 2021.
  • Vehicle owners who purchased a used vehicle on or after March 1, 2020, and before September 1, 2021, must transfer the vehicle into their name and attach plates by October 6, 2021.
  • Individuals requiring name and/or address changes, or vehicle modifications on their vehicle ownership must update their vehicle registration by February 28, 2022.
  • All motorized snow vehicle registrations, name and/or address changes, or vehicle modification requests must be completed by February 28, 2022.

Carrier Products

Ontario has reinstated the renewal requirements for certain carrier products that expired on or after March 1, 2020. As of June 1, 2021, if you have not renewed the following products, you must do so in order to continue operating in Ontario:

    • Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificates
    • Annual and semi-annual vehicle inspection certificates
    • Annual oversize/overweight permits
    • Garage licences.

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