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Streamlined process for Ontario drivers over 80 to renew licence

MOTOntario is enhancing its driver’s licence renewal program to help seniors who are fit to drive renew their licences.

Starting April 21, 2014, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. Instead, they will participate in a shorter, simpler renewal program that includes:

  • a vision test
  • a driver record review
  • an improved, in-class group education session
  • two short, in-class screening exercises

“Ontario’s senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so. These changes will help seniors stay on the roads safely with a more streamlined renewal process, while also better flagging those who shouldn’t be driving”, said Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation.

The new screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks that help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review. Samples of both exercises are available online. Enhancements to the senior driver’s licence renewal program are supported by the latest scientific research and are part of the Ontario government’s plan to make it easier for people to access important government services, when and where they need them

“We want to help seniors stay connected and active in the communities they helped to build. Ontario’s senior driver programs will help senior drivers who are fit to drive, and pose no risk, renew their licences faster and with less stress”, said Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.

The new renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program. Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years and in 2012, 117,237 drivers age 80 and older attended a group education session.

Ontario is the only province in Canada with a mandatory education component for senior driver’s licence renewal.