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Acceptable ID Documents

You must present an acceptable, valid ID to obtain your driver’s licence. The documents you provide must be original and valid. Your identity is a crucial aspect of the licensing process, and ensuring you have the right identification documents is essential.

Ontario Driver’s Licence Documents

Here is a list of acceptable ID documents for booking your driving test:

Legal Name

  • Your legal name must match what is registered at birth or changed legally through adoption, court order/change of name certificate, or marriage.
  • If there is a variation in the names on your legal identification and your licence, you will need additional supporting documents to connect the names.

Date of Birth

The date of birth on your documents must state the day, month, and birth year.

National Identity Card

A valid national identity card issued by your government is also an acceptable form of identification. Make sure that it is current and legible.

Additional documentation requirements may apply to licence exchanges and for out-of-country and out-of-province drivers. The Ministry of Transportation orders that the driver test centre collects and inputs gender information as male (M) or female (F) when creating a driving record and generating a driver’s licence number. If your provided documents are gender-neutral or do not specify a gender, you must self-declare your gender as either M or F during your driver’s licence application.

One Document Options for Providing Identity Proof

Let’s highlight the identification forms that include all the information needed to apply for an Ontario driver’s licence.

Acceptable Identity Documents For Canadians

  • Canadian or U.S. birth certificate or a proof of birth document issued by a U.S. jurisdiction.
  • An Ontario birth certificate can be obtained within 15 days of application.
  • Quebec birth certificates issued before January 1, 1994, are not accepted.
  • Proof of birth documents issued by the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are not accepted.
  • An acceptable proof of birth document issued by a U.S. jurisdiction should come from a state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics Office, the Board of Health, or an equivalent state-level government agency.


  • Certified of Birth (issued in Ontario only).
  • Certified Copy of Delayed Statement of Birth/Live Birth (issued in Ontario only).
  • Passport.
  • Canadian Citizenship Card with photo issued before February 1, 2012. – OR –
  • Citizenship Certificate/Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (small wallet-sized card issued from 1954 to January 2012).
  • Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued on or after December 15, 2009, by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada).
  • Ontario Photo Card.

Acceptable Identity Documents For Permanent Or Temporary Residents

  • Passport
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card with or without signature.
  • Record of Landing1 (Form IMM 1000)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Resident Form (IMM 5292) accompanied by a valid passport from the country of origin.
  • Report under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IMM 1442) with a photo.
  • Student Authorization/Study Permit (IMM 1442).
  • Employment Authorization/Work Permit (IMM 1442).
  • Visitor Record (IMM 1442).
  • Temporary Resident’s Permit (IMM 1442) (formerly Minister’s Permit/Extension of Minister’s Permit).
  • Ontario Photo Card.
  • Refugee Travel Document (issued by the Government of Canada). Certificate of Identity (issued by the Government of Canada).
  • U.S. Passport Card.

Acceptable Identity Documents For Military Personnel and Families

  • Civilian Identification Card NDI 21
  • Canadian Forces Identification Card NDI 20

Two Documents Options for Providing Identity Proof

If you don’t possess any approved ID documents listed in the tables above, you may still meet the requirements by combining the following documents. In the subsequent tables, you may need to submit two documents to fulfil both data elements: your legal name and complete date of birth.
Suppose there is a difference between the names on your legal identification and the names on your licence. In that case, you must submit supplementary supporting documents to establish a connection between these names.
  • Certified Copies of Marriage Certificates (Ontario Only)
  • Indian Status Certificate (a laminated card provided by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • FAST/EXPRESS Card and Nexus Card

Acceptable ID Supporting Documents

CSupporting documents are necessary in the following situations:
  1. When the name on your other identity documents differs from the name, you want to appear on your driver’s licence.
  2. When there is a disparity in the name between the two identity documents you submit.
  3. When the date of birth on the immigration paper(s) is incomplete, or it’s not feasible to provide government-issued documents to verify the date of birth.

Marriage Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government
  • Original or certified copy

Change of Name Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government

Court Order

  • Showing legal name, date of birth, and court seal
  • Obtained for name change, divorce, or adoption

Sworn Affidavit with Support Documents

  • An affidavit signed by a Commissioner of Oaths/Notary Public
  • Must include legal name, date of birth, and reason for missing or partial date of birth
  • Supporting documents may include:
    • Certified copies of school records
    • Employment records or place of worship records with original seal or stamp
    • Form 39 issued by the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario for internationally adopted children
    • An insurance policy in effect for more than three years