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Expired Licences & Renewals

At Book Driving Test, we understand that life can get busy, and sometimes, renewing your driver’s licence may slip your mind. However, driving with an expired, cancelled, suspended, or invalid driver’s licence in Ontario is illegal and can result in fines, penalties, and legal consequences. That’s where we help you navigate renewing your driver’s licence.

Why Renew Your Driver’s License?

In Ontario, driver’s licences must typically be renewed every five years, though renewal cycles can vary based on individual circumstances. ServiceOntario handles most renewals for Class G and M licences. Keep an eye on your licence for the expiry date. Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure your licence is valid.
The requirements for renewing full Class G and Class M licence differ from those for expired commercial Class A, B, C, D, E, and F licences. You can renew your licence up to 180 days before the expiry date. If you will be out of the province when your licence expires, consider renewing in advance. There may also be eligibility for a one-time extension.

Class G and M License Renewals

The renewal processes differ for novice and fully licensed drivers. Here is what you need to know:

Novice Drivers (Classes G1, G2, M1, or M2) Renewal Requirements

Once your novice class licence expires, you cannot renew it. You must reapply as a new driver if you didn’t book a road test before the expiry date.
  • For G1 or G2, You might have the option to get an extension until your road test date.
  • For M1 or M2, a Class M1 licence holder who booked their road test before the expiry date can obtain a one-day temporary driver’s licence (TDL), valid for the day of the road test only.
Please note that if your novice class licence has expired for less than three years, you may not need to serve the mandatory waiting periods. Stay informed and ensure a smooth renewal process.

Fully Licensed Drivers (Classes G or M) Renewal Requirements

The process for renewing a full, expired driver’s licence depends on how long it has been invalid. Here is a breakdown for individuals under 80 years of age. Please refer to the seniors’ renewal page for seniors’ renewal information.
  • You don’t need to submit tests for Full Driver’s Licence invalidity for less than 12 months. Just visit Service Ontario
  • Complete a vision test for a Full Licence invalid for 1 – 3 Years and visit a test centre. If your Full Licence expires in 3 – 10 Years, you must visit a test centre and submit a written knowledge test, a vision test, and two road tests (G2 and G, or M2 and M).
  • For a full licence ineligible for 10 years or more, visit the test centre, submit a written knowledge test, a vision exam, and two road tests after completing each of the waiting period requirements (G2 and G, or M2 and M).

Commercial License Renewals

The essential steps for renewing a commercial Class A, B, C, D, E, and F licence for individuals under 80.
  • If your licence is invalid for less than 3 years, you must visit a test centre, take a vision test, submit a written test, a road/practical test if required, and submit a medical examination report.
  • If your licence has been invalid for more than 3 years, you must visit a test centre, obtain a Class G licence, and re-apply for a commercial licence:
    • Take a vision test
    • Submit a written knowledge test
    • Complete a road/practical test
    • Submit a medical report
  • Participate in a criminal record search if you are applying for a Class B or E licence.

Renewing Process of Expired License

The process for renewing an expired licence is the same for all classes of licences.
  • Contact Book Driving Test for test date schedule.
  • Visit the test centre.
  • Bring your original ID Card.
  • Bring your expired licence as well, if you have it.
  • Take any required tests for your renewal.
  • Capture your photo to use on your new licence card.
  • Pay the renewal fee.
  • Obtain your temporary driver’s licence.
Starting September 1, 2023, complete the online air brake learning module. The air brake knowledge test is no longer needed for renewals. After completion, download or print the Certificate of Completion. Submit it with your driver’s licence. Commercial class licence holders (A, B, C, D, E, or F) must take vision and knowledge tests in person.
Under 80? Renewal every five years. At 80, yearly online learning modules and practical tests are required for endorsement renewal.