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Canada Driver’s Licenses

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In order to apply for a new driver’s license in Canada, you must be at least 16 years old. At the time of application you will need to show one item from the primary list and one from the secondary, or two from the primary:

  • Proof of residence:
    • Foreign passport with immigration documents
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Study or Work Permit
    • Canadian Citizenship Card
    • Temporary Resident Permit
    • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card
  • Proof of identity and age:
    • Primary:
      • Birth certificate
      • Passport
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Police Force ID
      • Federal Firearms ID
      • Photo ID issued by the Motor Registration Division
    • Secondary:
      • Baptismal Certificate
      • Marriage Certificate
      • Social Insurance Card
      • Credit Card
      • School ID
      • Government ID
      • Photo Drivers License from another Canadian jurisdiction
      • MCP Card
      • Health Care Board Card

After submitting these items you will need to take a vision test. When you pass you will be required to take a written exam consisting of questions about road safety and driving practices. Make sure to make an appointment before hand by contacting the Motor Registration Division closest to you.

The learner’s permit lasts for twelve months, upon which time you will be expected to take the road test to gain your actual license. For the road test, you will need to bring with you the:

  • Learners permit.
  • Valid insurance and vehicle registration permit for the car you are testing in.
  • Receipt for payment of test.

Replacing Canada Driver’s Licenses

Many things can happen to your driver’s license. It can get lost, stolen, or even destroyed beyond repair. If you find yourself in this situation just head down to your local Motor Registration Division office with payment for the fee and your name, address, and birthdate.

Renewing Canada Driver’s Licenses

When it comes time for your driver’s license to expire you will need to apply for a renewal. If you have a non-expired license the Motor Registration Division will mail you a notice sixty days before it does expire. Follow the prompts on the application and mail it in to the address shown with the appropriate payment, or bring it in to your local office. If you don’t receive an application call the office to find out why.

Change of Address in Canada

To change your address on your driver’s license you will need to email your request to the Motor Registration Office or visit a local office in person with your:

  • Driver’s license number.
  • New mailing address.
  • Name.
  • Date of birth.

You will receive a new driver’s license by mail within a few weeks.

Change of Name in Canada

To change the name on your driver’s license you will need to bring the following to your local motor vehicles office:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Name change document
  • Payment for the new license issuance fee

New Residents in Canada

Within three months of becoming an official resident of Canada you must surrender your previous drivers license and apply for a new one. You do not have to take a written test if you are simply changing provinces in Canada. If you are from elsewhere, however, your driving knowledge will be rated and you will be placed accordingly. Also, you will need to bring with you one primary document and one secondary document, or two items from the primary list, to prove the following:

  • Your Canada residency:
    • Foreign passport with immigration documents
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Study or Work Permit
    • Canadian Citizenship Card
    • Temporary Resident Permit
    • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card
  • Your identity and age:
    • Primary:
      • Birth certificate
      • Passport
      • Canadian Armed Forced Identification Card
      • Police Force ID
      • Federal Firearms ID
      • Photo ID issued by the Motor Registration Division
    • Secondary:
      • Baptismal Certificate
      • Marriage Certificate
      • Social Insurance Card
      • Credit Card
      • School ID
      • Government ID
      • Photo Drivers License from another Canadian jurisdiction
      • MCP Card
      • Health Care Board Card