When your licence is due for renewal, you will get a renewal application form either via e-mail or mail. Drivers under the age of 65 with class A, B, C, E or F licences must pass a vision and knowledge test in order to renew their licence usually every five years.
Effective April 1, 2013, requirements for senior commercial drivers have changed. Drivers aged 65 to 79 with class A, B, C, D, E or F licences must pass a vision and knowledge test in order to renew their licence usually every five years. Drivers aged 65 to 79 with class A, B, C, D , E or F licences are required to pass a vision, knowledge and road test in the event of an at-fault collision or the accumulation of three or more demerit points. For those commercial drivers with an air brake endorsement, the written air brake test has been aligned with the written knowledge test cycle, and the practical air brake test is only required when a road test is triggered. Drivers 80 and over with Class A, B, C, D, E or F licences are required to pass a vision, knowledge and road test prior to renewing their licence.
Commercial-class licence holders, depending on their age, are required to periodically submit and pass a medical report to maintain their commercial licence, or otherwise be downgraded to a Class G licence (refer to Medical Reporting).
If any tests are required, you must attend a DriveTest Centre to complete the tests and renew your licence. If no tests are required, you must renew your licence in person at any ServiceOntario centre. Take the form into any ServiceOntario centre in the province. They are all equipped to take photographs. You will be asked to sign the form, show identification, pay a fee and have your photograph taken. You will get a temporary licence on the spot if your application and documents are in order, and your permanent one will be mailed to you. You must carry it with you whenever you drive, and produce it when a police officer requests it.
If you do not get a renewal application form in the mail when your licence is due for renewal, call the Ministry of Transportation. You are responsible for making sure you have a valid driver’s licence.
If your licence has been suspended, cancelled or expired for more than three years, you will be required to re-apply for a licence in Ontario and meet all the requirements of graduated licensing, including passing all the required tests. Only then will you be eligible to re-apply for any commercial-class licences.