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  • January 29, 2014

Improving Driver’s Licence Renewal for Seniors

Gravelle & Mauro announce Ontario Government Committed to Supporting Seniors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ontariois 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

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 theOntariogovernment's plan to make it easier for people to access important government services, when and where they need them.  


“This is excellent news for the many seniors in my riding who rely on their vehicles to access important goods, attend appointments and stay in touch with friends and family.”
- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“I’m pleased with the positive changes that our government has made to the Driver’s Licence renewal program for seniors.  This revised program aims to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so – through a collaborative effort between the ministry, seniors, their physicians and their families.”
- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“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.”
Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure

 “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.”
Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

“Driving plays an important role in helping seniors maintain their independence. These changes strike the right balance in keeping everyone safe on the road by using evidence-based methods to test the ability to drive safely.”
Susan Eng, CARP vice-president, advocacy


  • The new renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program.
  • Ontariodrivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years.
  • In 2012, 117,237 drivers age 80 and older attended a group education session.
  • Ontariois the only province in Canadawith a mandatory education component for senior driver’s licence renewal.
  • The current cost of renewal for seniors will remain the same at $32.There is no additional cost for a road test.



Renew a G driver’s licence: age 80 and over

  • There are 101 community health centres throughoutOntarioproviding quality care to more than 300,000 people.


For more information:

Maya Gorham
Office of Honourable Michael Gravelle
(416) 327-0655

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