Renewal extensions continue at Service Ontario – driver road testing resumes

(The Service Ontario office in Stittsville is located at 1626 Stittsville Main Street.)

Since March 2020, the province temporarily paused renewals of a number of documents, including driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, photo cards and parking permits, extending their validity past the original expiry dates. Residents can expect Service Ontario renewal extensions to continue until further notice as the province moves into Step One of its reopening plan.

Also as part of Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in-vehicle passenger road testing will resume with safety protocols in place at all DriveTest centres across Ontario. To address the backlog of passenger road tests, Ontario will invest more than $16 million to increase 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, please visit DriveTest.ca. DriveTest.ca is the only official channel for booking a road test.

Below is a partial list of the province’s extended documents and services:

  • Driver’s licences expiration dates
  • Temporary driver’s licences
  • Driving instructor licence and driving schools
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Accessible parking permits validation
  • Enhanced Driver’s Licence (for driving purposes only)
  • Licence plate sticker validation (including International Registration Plan)
  • Ten-day special permits and temporary validation
  • Requirement to register a vehicle within six days
  • Requirement to change an address or vehicle within six days
  • Safety Standards and Structural Inspection Certificates

“Recognizing that Ontario will be facing COVID-19 for some time, Ontario is temporarily waiving the driver’s licence renewal requirements for seniors aged 80 and over so that these individuals can renew their driver’s licences online,” Lee Alderson, senior issues adviser with MTO said. “We are also waiving the requirement for people to update their driver’s licence photo so that all class G/M drivers have the option to renew their driver’s licences online.”

Despite these exceptions, Alderson said it is strongly encouraged that Ontarians renew their driver’s licences and licence plate stickers online, if possible. 

According to the Ontario government’s website,If you did not renew your licence plate sticker(s) during the temporary extension period put in place due to COVID-19 and you choose to renew at this time, you will be required to pay the renewal fee for that period and your next renewal period.” Here is a list of documents and products that can be renewed online


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