Ontario Reinstates Renewal Requirements for Expired Driver’s Licenses and Health Cards

It has been more than a year since the Ontario government temporarily suspended renewals of official government documents such as drivers’ licenses, license plate stickers, health cards, and photo cards due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While initially, the renewal requirements for provincial government documents were extended to provide immediate relief to residents of Ontario during the pandemic, officials have announced that the province will be reinstating renewal requirements as of September 1, 2021.

In a news release statement on September 1, 2021, the province announced it will be reinstating renewal requirements for drivers’ licenses, license plate stickers, and Ontario photo cards and health cards. To ensure that Ontario residents have time to renew their documents the government have also extended the renewal deadlines 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,” she added.

According to the statement, heavy commercial vehicle owners will need to renew their vehicle validations by December 31, 2021. New drivers with their G1, G2, M1 or M2 licenses will have until December 31, 2022, to requalify or upgrade their licenses before they expire.

To make it easier for people to renew their driver’s licenses online, Ontario has temporarily waived requirements for people to renew their driver’s licenses in person, including those for senior drivers. Eligible drivers can renew their driver’s license online at ServiceOntario.ca, including those aged 80 and over.

For those who need to renew their provincial documents, try doing so through ontario.ca/page/serviceontario.   

In order to visit certain ServiceOntario offices for in person services, appointments need to be booked at ontario.ca/page/book-serviceontario-appointment.

For additional information on renewals as well as a fuller list of renewal deadlines, visit ontario.ca.


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