Driver's Licenses In Canada

Driver's Licences in Canada

Before you visit your local Canada registry agent, you must gather a few documents for your drivers license application. Canada drivers licence qualifications include:

  • Applicants must prove Canada residency and legal status
  • Applicants must prove ID
  • Applicants must pass a vision screening
  • Applicants must pass road test and written knowledge test
  • Applicants must have parental consent if under 18

Residency Evidence in Canada

All Canada residency documents must contain your full name, address and have an issue date of less than 90 days. These can include Canadian birth certificates, permanent resident cards and passports. Meanwhile, province residency documents can include utility bills, bank statements and other correspondences delivered to your specific mailing address.

Primary IDs

  • A Canadian passport booklet
  • A NEXUX Card
  • A photo licence from another province
  • A Canadian Armed Forces ID card
  • A permanent resident document

Secondary IDs

  • A certificate of birth
  • A certificate of marriage
  • Utility bills
  • Work or student visa
  • Government assistance documents

Renew Canada Licences

Canada driving licences can be renewed by visiting a motor vehicle office up to a year before expiry. When performing a Canada drivers licence renewal, you may be asked for a medical evaluation report if you are 75 years of age or older or if your Canada driving licence is Class 1, 2, 4 or C. You may have to retake the written and road tests if your licence has been expired for 3 years or longer.

Fortunately, you will get a courtesy reminder in the mail six to eight weeks prior to the expiry date.

Address Changes in Canada

A Canada drivers license change of address must be completed by fulfilling these steps:

  • Go to a motor vehicle office within 14 days of the move.
  • Submit acceptable identification.
  • Pay the required fees for an address change on your licence.

You will then receive a temporary licence that you can use until your permanent one arrives in the mail. Your new licence with a change of address will arrive via mail in seven to 10 business days.

Replace Canada Licences

Whether your licence has been lost, stolen or broken, you will need to visit your local registry agent office in order to obtain a Canada drivers licence replacement. You will be asked to provide proof of your identity before a drivers licence replacement will be issued, however. At first, you will get a temporary Canada driver licence that can be used for 30 days. Thereafter, your new Canada driving licence card will come via mail within two weeks.

Name Changes in Canada

To do a change of name on your Canada drivers licence, submit the following documents to your local licensing office: your proof of name change and a completed application for a new licence. Depending on your reason for changing your name, you may not have to pay the associated fee. Marriage name changes and name changes for parentage are free of charge.