Ontario's senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so. Once drivers reach 80 years of age, starting April 21, 2014, senior drivers wishing to renew their licences will every two years they must:
- Take a vision test
- Undergo a driver record review
- Attend a shorter group education session
- Complete two, brief, non-computerized in-class screening assignments
- If necessary, take a road test.
This process takes approximately three-and-a-half hours.
The cost for senior drivers to renew their licence is prorated at two-fifths the cost of a five-year renewal and there is no additional cost for the process outlined above.
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has been reviewing this program to make sure it is using the most up-to-date tools available to promote road safety, and effectively identify senior drivers who may no longer be safely able to drive. MTO believes that the new program and testing is a better, less stressful way to make this determination.
Once you reach 80 years of age, your driver's licence will be renewed every 2 years instead of every 5 years. You will have to go through a different process to renew your licence.
To renew your licence you will have to attend a driver's licence renewal session with other senior drivers. At this session, you will:
Have your vision tested.
Take a multiple-choice test on traffic rules and signs.
Participate in a group education session — a ministry counsellor will teach a small group of seniors about how aging affects driving, tips on driving and new traffic laws (lasts about 90 minutes).
The whole session lasts approximately 3.5 hours.