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Driver's Licenses in Canada

Before visiting a local Canada registry agent, you must first gather a few documents to present. Canada drivers license requirements are as follows:

  • Provide proof of Canada residency
  • Present consent form by parent or guardian if younger than 18 years of age
  • Present proof that you lawfully reside in Canada
  • Provide proof of primary photo identification
  • Present support documents that contain name, date of birth, address, signature, etc.
  • Must pass road test and driver knowledge test
  • May have to provide airbrake certificate
  • May also have to complete vision screening and provide medical report

Proof of Primary Identification

Examples include:

  • Canada driving license or identification card.
  • License (with photo) from another jurisdiction.
  • NEXUX Card.
  • Valid Canadian Passport.
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card (federally-issued)
  • Canadian Armed Forces ID card
  • Municipal, provincial or federal police force ID
  • Valid passport from another country with necessary documents
  • Permanent Resident card

Proof of Support Documents - one document must prove residency in your Canadian province

Examples include:

  • Utility bills such as electricity, cable or Internet
  • Student visa, work visa or Permanent Resident card
  • Income tax receipts
  • Property tax bill
  • A recent Canada Citizenship Certificate issued after February 2012
  • Your birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate
  • Auto insurance policy document or life insurance policy document
  • House insurance policy document
  • Government assistance document(s)

Renewing Drivers Licenses in Canada

To renew a Canada drivers license, you will need to do the following:

  • Renew the license prior to the expiry date; you are allowed to apply for an Canada drivers license renewal up to a year before its expiration
  • Renew your Canada driving license in person at a motor vehicle agent office
    • Provide a medical report if you are 75 years of age or older or if you have a Class 1, 2 or 4 Canada driving license or a driver license in Canada with a condition code "C."

You will receive a courtesy reminder in the mail six to eight weeks prior to the expiry date when it is necessary to renew your Canada driving license. Furthermore, you will need to take a new picture if the one on your license is 4 years old or older.

If your license has been expired for 3 or more years, you may be required to take a written test and a road test again before being eligible to renew your drivers license in Canada.

Replacing Drivers Licenses in Canada

Whether your license to drive has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you will need to visit your local registry agent office in order to obtain a Canada drivers license replacement. You will be asked to provide numerous forms of ID in person before a drivers license replacement can be issued to you.

You will receive a temporary Canada driver license that can be used for 30 days, and your new Canada driving license card will arrive in the mail no more than two weeks after the application is submitted.

Drivers License Name Changes in Canada

To complete a change of name on your Canada drivers license, submit the following documents to the local agent: a name change certificate and a filled-out application. Some applicants may not even have to fill out an application, such as those who changed their last name after marriage or because of parentage.

Drivers License Address Changes in Canada

A change of address on your license can be completed in Canada if you perform the following steps:

  • Visit a driver licensing office within two weeks of your move.
  • Submit acceptable identification (not including your current license).
  • Pay the fees.

The office will provide you with a temporary license that you can use until your new permanent driving credential arrives in the mail. Please note that the temporary license does not contain a photograph.